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Elizabeth "Lori" Byington


Assistant Professor of English


School of Health and Professional Sciences

Office Location:

Bristol Campus: Bristol Hall 109

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"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole, and once it has done so, he [she] will have to accept that his [her] life will be radically changed."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself." - Marilyn Monroe

"Only kings, presidents, editors and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we.'" -Mark Twain

"Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best [one] can write will be the best [he/she is]." -Henry David Thoreau


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. My quote from Emerson reflects my love and passion for horses. The quote from Marilyn Monroe reflects my interest in her and her life. I was born October after she was murdered in August 1962. Then the quotes from Twain and Thoreau reflect my career and love for writing and reading.

I earned my Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication in 2014 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 published most recently the short story "Gumption" in the anthology Wild Daisies. 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. 

Current research

Appalachian studies

Basic writing


Courses recently taught

WRIT 1010 LECT English Composition: Basic Communication Skills
WRIT 1110 LECT Composition: Writing and Speech
WRIT 2010 LECT Composition: Research and Writing