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Andrew Peterson Named Nick Barker Writer in Residence

Andrew Peterson


Musician and author Andrew Peterson is serving as the 2015 Nick Barker Writer in Residence at Covenant College. Peterson has released more than ten albums since 1996, including Counting Stars, which debuted at number one on iTunes and sixth in Billboard. An award-winning author, he recently released the final novel in a four-book fantasy series, The Wingfeather Saga. In addition to his work as musician and author, Peterson runs the Rabbit Room, a creative community named after the room where authors like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and other Inklings met to share and discuss their work.


As writer in residence, Peterson has commenced the first of two short visits to Covenant’s campus, where he will teach a hands-on, fiction creative writing course. Peterson will also have a chance to share his music with the Covenant community during chapel on January 30.

“I am, obviously, thrilled that our students have the chance to learn from Andrew Peterson,” said Prof. Sarah Huffines, associate professor of English. “Those in the class have been commenting on how much they have enjoyed the class time and have been encouraged by Andrew’s focus on some of the big-picture issues in writing fiction and creating worlds.”

The Nick Barker Writer in Residence program began when an anonymous Covenant alumnus generously gave to the College to honor the late Dr. Nick Barker, former professor of English and vice president for academic affairs. The grant has previously brought Billy Collins, Leslie Leyland Fields, and Robert Siegel to Covenant’s campus. Now maintained by the College, the Nick Barker Writer in Residence Program continues to bring talented men and women to Covenant's campus as visiting instructors and speakers.

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