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Lori Byington
Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Speaking Center


I am from Bristol, VA but now live in Bristol, TN.  I graduated from King College in 1985 (BA) and then earned my MA degree from ETSU in 1987 (MA). I have taught English since 1986. I am married and have one son.

I earned my M.A. from ETSU and my Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication, which I earned from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN.

I began teaching at King 20 years after I graduated from King (1985-2005). I have taught Freshmen composition here for the duration, although I also taught Reading for the first two years. I now also teach Research and Writing. I really love what I do, but I love the “kids” more.

My interests include snow skiing, horses, writing, cooking/baking and family. My son and I snow ski competitively with Team Beech, Beech Mountain, NC and NASTAR. Think of Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn (Olympic alpine skiers), if you will. I have hunted hogs and ducks in the past, but now I leave the hunting to my husband and son. I write poetry and short stories, and I have been published several times.

  • Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies from MNSU, Mankato (2014)
  • M.A. in English from East Tennessee State University (1987)
  • B.A. in English from King College (1985)
Recent Publications and Presentations

I have a poem “Asleep” and a short story “The News” in The Clinch Mountain Review (2017).  I have a short story “The News” in Easter Lilies, a short story “Apples to Apples” in Broken Petals, three poems in the Civil War literature anthology Filtered Through Time and three articles in Carolina Mountain Life Magazine. I also have some poetry and recipes published on ezines (online magazines). I have a recipe for Oysters Rockefeller included in The Beech Mountain Club Cookbook, as well.

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