CLW Michael Sobiech, Appalachian Apparitions: Spectral Tales of East Tennessee
Dr. Michael Sobiech proclaims he has no claim to fame, except he knew a man who knew a man who saw Abraham Lincoln. (He also boasts that he one time shook hands with Vincent Price). Born in southeast Ohio, across the Ohio River from West Virginia, he was raised in southern Indiana and has lived in every state through which passes Interstate 65. As a professor of English, he specializes in writing and rhetorical studies. For his MA thesis, he studied the use of satire in teaching first-year composition, and for his doctoral dissertation, he examined conspiracy rhetoric in the nineteenth-century American anti-Catholic movement. Today, he oversees Carson-Newman’s professional writing minor, and he currently researches East Tennessee ghost lore.
Building on his Spring 2020 sabbatical project, Sobiech will explore the telling of allegedly true Appalachian ghost stories, seeing in our storytelling past a powerful means by which to connect to our region’s history and culture.