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Pamela Duncan

Pamela Duncan

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3926
Office: 415 Coulter Building
Personal Website:


Pamela Duncan lives in Sylva, NC and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University. She holds a BA in Journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. She is the author of three novels: <i>Moon Women</i>, a Southeast Booksellers Association Award Finalist; <i>Plant Life</i>, winner of the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction; and <i>The Big Beautiful</i>. In 2007, she received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 2017, the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University honored her with the Lee Smith Award, which recognizes an individual who has worked to preserve and promote Appalachian culture. Duncan has appeared on <i>North Carolina Bookwatch</i> on public television and on <i>The State of Things</i> on NPR. She is currently at work on <i>The Wilder Place</i>, a novel set in western North Carolina, and a collection of short fiction titled <i>On the Inside Looking Out</i>. Visit her website at


  • MA, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, English-Creative Writing
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Journalism

Teaching Interests

creative writing, fiction writing, first year writing, Appalachian literature, Southern literature

Research Interests

Appalachia, mothers and daughters, the working class, North Carolina history, environment

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