Writers' Nook

Speakers: Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle
(March 15-16, 2005)

Richard J. Calhoun Reader

Jill McCorkle is the author of five novels, including The Cheerleader and Carolina Moon, and three short-story collections, her latest being Creatures of Habit.

McCorkle, born in the summer of 1958, grew up in Lumberton, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, she went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied creative writing, completing her degree in 1980. She received her M.F.A. from Hollins College the following year.

While many aspiring authors spend years struggling to get their names in print, McCorkle had the good fortune to have her first two novels published simultaneously in 1984, when she was just 26. From there, her writing career took off. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly and Best American Short Stories, and her work in general has received wide acclaim. A recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature and the New England Book Award, among other honors, McCorkle currently lives in the Boston area and teaches writing seminars at Bennington College.

Jill McCorkle was the 2005 featured author in Clemson University's Richard J. Calhoun Reading Series in Fiction and Poetry. She gave a reading at the Hendrix Center's McKissick Theater on the evening of Tuesday, March 15, and there was a roundtable discussion of her work the following morning.

Carolina Moon cover image

The Cheer Leader cover image

Creatures of Habit cover image