FLORENCE – Lynn Kostoff, professor of English at Francis Marion University and published novelist, told a crowd of nearly 100 people that he is making a life. Doing so, he said, “requires creativity, commitment, imagination, vision and faith.”
This prolific writer was recently named to the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Chair for a Writer in Residence at a luncheon held on campus.
The chair was established by John W. Sparrow and his family of Scranton, in memory of his mother and to honor her dedication and love for family and community. The purpose of the chair is to honor a member of the faculty of the FMU Department of English, Modern Languages and Philosophy for academic excellence, integrity and professionalism in their field.
“I’m both proud and honored to be chosen for this award,” Kostoff said. “I can’t think of a more gracious or meaningful way to honor a parent. I plan to work hard to be worthy of the opportunities the endowed chair presents to me and by extension, my students.”
Kostoff has had two books published, the first of which, “A Choice of Nightmares,” was published by Crown Publishers of New York in 1991. His second book, “The Long Fall” was published by Carroll and Graf. in 2003 in the United States, England, Germany, France and Japan.
He has also written a novel, entitled “Late Rain” being circulated among publishers, a revised novel, “The Work of Hands” and a new work entitled, “The Length of Days.”
“Lynn is a brilliant writer and one of the finest teachers we have at this institution,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “The Sparrow Chair will provide him continued support in these endeavors. We are indebted to the Sparrow family for creating this chair in a very unique but critically important area.”
Kostoff earned the B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in creative writing from Bowling Green State University. Before joining the FMU faculty in 1985, the Ohio native taught at Indiana State University and the University of Alabama.
He has received numerous awards and honors during his tenure at FMU and has served on a host of committees.
In the community, Kostoff consults with local schoolteachers on creative writing projects on a regular basis and makes visits to the schools to talk to the students. He hosts Advance Placement high school students teaching them creative writing. In addition, he assists students entering the Governor’s School of the Art’s with preparing their portfolios.
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