Friday, October 24, 2014 · 12:55 p.m.

Lee University professor, student recognized for their work

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Nate Powers (left) directs his film in a behind-the-scenes shot. (Photo: Contributed)

A Lee University student recently won the Best Short Film Award from the G-Technology Driven Creativity film competition, and a Lee professor has been nominated for one of his manuscripts by Pebble Lake Review.

Nate Powers, a junior telecommunications major, released the film "Regret" in 2011. The film is based on Isaiah 6 and deals with accepting one's past. Now that it has won the amateur contest, it is eligible for the larger competition, which has a cash prize of $5,000.

According to a news release, the film has garnered a three-day engagement in New York. 

Professor William Woolfitt. (Photo: Contributed)

William Woolfitt, an assistant professor of creative writing in the Department of Language and Literature, was nominated for "Summer in Giverny." Another piece of his, "Red Coals," was selected for publication in "Best Indie Lit New England," a forthcoming print anthology.

According to a prepared statement, "Red Coals" and "Sumer in Giverny" are about the martyr Charles de Foucauld, who worked for 16 years as a translator, priest and folklorist among the people of southern Algeria.

Woolfitt is the newest faculty addition to the department, and he is the author of "The Salvager's Arts." He is also the co-winner of the 2011 Keystone Chapbook Prize through Seven Kitchens Press. 

His work has appeared or will appear in forthcoming issues of the Michigan Quarterly Review, African American Review, Shenandoah, Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, Ninth Letter, Los Angeles Review and many more.

Woolfitt is from West Virginia and received his master's and doctorate's degrees from Pennsylvania State University. 

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