Poet and essayist Michael Chitwood holds an MFA from the University of Virginia. In his work, Chitwood explores the Appalachian landscape of his youth and frequently draws on colloquial speech and themes. His many collections of poetry include Gospel Road Going (2002), which won the Roanoke-Chowan Prize for Poetry, From Whence (2007), Spill (2007), Poor-Mouth Jubilee (2010), Living Wages (2014), and Search and Rescue (2018). His collections of essays include Hitting Below the Bible Belt (1998) and Finishing Touches (2006). A freelance writer, Chitwood also teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.