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Laura Hicks Hardy


Writing Center Director, English Instructor


College of Arts and Sciences

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Bristol Campus: Bristol Hall, 302

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“Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees takes off his shoes”

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world…

Ask the questions that have no answers…

Listen to carrion — put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts…

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.”

-Wendell Berry (from “The Mad Farmer Liberation Front")


The task of writing well asks us to pay attention to the world around us, to see the common bush as a holy bush, to see everyday experiences as possibilities for resurrection. These sentiments have been the impetus for much of the work I have done in the past few years, including graduate education and teaching here at King.

I graduated from King with a BA in English in 2007, and it is good and humbling to have some of my most influential teachers as colleagues now. They continue to inspire me with their dedication to their students and subjects. I returned to academic studies after a brief hiatus, attending the University of Tennessee, and in 2012 I graduated with a Masters in English Literature after completing a thesis on theologies of place in Appalachian literature. In the program at UT I also had the opportunity to teach composition and tutor in the Writing Center. During this time I came to realize the importance of the first-year composition course in initiating students into practicing the thoughtful and engaged conversations invaluable to all college experiences. As I tutored students during this time as well, I also came to appreciate the important service that Writing Centers offer to campuses and individuals. 

These two opportunities prepared me for the work that I do at King. In 2012, I began teaching Composition at King and became the Assistant Manager of the Writing Center. In the time since I have had the pleasure to teach several English literature classes as well, and have discovered an interest in teaching young adult literature. I have also been given the opportunity to direct the Writing Center, and I look forward to welcoming students into this space.

Throughout my teaching and studies, the work of Wendell Berry has challenged me in and beyond the university. Much of my time in the summers is spent planning, planting, and harvesting a large garden located on the patch of family land where I grew up. Through this, I have explored enacting some of the commitments I have been led to through my academic studies. When not getting my hands dirty in the garden, I can usually be found hiking, visiting coffee shops, or generally spending time with my husband, Jason and dog, Lucy. I am also thankful to be part of the Hopwood Christian Church community in Johnson City, TN, from which I continually draw support and meaning for the work I do.


M.A. English Literature (University of Tennessee)

B.A. English (King College)

Recent Publications and Presentations

"Faith in Place: Theologies of Place in Three Appalachian Novels" (University of Tennessee, 2012, master's thesis)

Courses recently taught

APAL 2120 LECT Appalachian Literature: An Introduction
ENGC 0900 Online Writing Lab
ENGC 1001 LECT College-Level Writing: Documentation and Formatting
ENGC 1110 LECT English Composition: Writing and Speech
ENGC 1180 LECT Freshman Honors English
ENGC 2010 LECT English Composition: Research & Writing
ENGL 3150 LECT Adolescent Literature
ENGL 3580 LECT Literature and the Christian Imagination
TUTR 1000 Tutor