Class of 1984
Scott has worked in publishing, Information Technology, and academia. He has been an editor, writer, and manager, as well as an English professor at three academic institutions.
Scott started writing in earnest while an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee. He soon began submitting poems to small magazines and newspapers, and found that these poems were being published around the country. After moving from Knoxville to Phoenix in early 1991, his first collection of poems was published and went through several printings. Meanwhile, later that year, his second poetry collection was published in Finland. Scott devoted himself to professional writing during what little free time he had while working and studying full time.
As a graduate student at California State University Long Beach, Scott excelled academically while working as a graduate assistant, writing tutor and teaching associate. Additionally, he published numerous scholarly papers in juried, peer reviewed journals while at the same time publishing three books of poetry. His 4.0 GPA, combined with his scholarship awards, volunteer activities and numerous accomplishments all contributed to his graduating first in the College of Liberal Arts and receiving the honor of being one of two departmental graduates to be named to the Graduate Dean’s List of Scholars and Artists.
By the mid 1990s, he had established a reputation as a hard working poet, fiction writer, and essayist, and his work was appearing in magazines around the world. In 1995, his eighth book, Places, was released to excellent international reviews. Indeed, the book went on to be nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in Literature. By 2005, Scott had published 15 books, and his work had appeared in at least 26 countries and five languages. During this period of extensive publication success, he was invited to become a member of both PEN USA and The Authors Guild.
Finally, after moving around the continent and living in numerous cities, Scott has returned to Tennessee, currently residing in Chattanooga, where he works for a small scholarly journal and is considering several new projects. He loves to follow Farragut athletics and cheers on Farragut’s academic prowess as well.
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