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Dennis Covington

Covington, Dennis


M.F.A Iowa

Dennis Covington is author of two novels and four nonfiction books, including Revelation, Redneck Riviera, and Salvation on Sand Mountain, a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, Georgia Review, Redbook, the Oxford American, and other periodicals, and his work has been widely anthologized in the U.S. and translated into eight languages abroad. He has won the Rea Non-Fiction Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.


Published Creative Activity
Adaptations and Performances

Published Creative Activity

  • Covington, D. In Gregory Wolfe (Ed.), "The Persistence of Belief" (Number 55 ed., pp. 86-88). Seattle, Washington: Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion.
  • Covington, D. (2009). In Becky Bradway, Douglas Hesse (Ed.), From Salvation on Sand Mountain in Creating Nonfiction: A Guide and Anthology (First ed.). New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martin's.
  • Covington, D. (2007). In Lee Gutkind (Ed.), "Diagnosis/Cure" (Number 31 ed., pp. 97-105). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Creative Nonfiction.
  • Covington, D. (2007). "Should We Believe in Belief?" (May, 2007 ed.). Decatur, Georgia: Paste.
  • Covington, D. (2006). In Laura Payne Butler (Ed.), "Needmore, 1966" (2006th ed., pp. 107-110). Alpine, Texas: New Texas.
  • Covington, D. (2005). In Marilyn Robitaille and Donna Walker-Nixon (Ed.), "The Boody Theater of the Texas Mennonites" (2005-2006 ed., vol. Volume 2, pp. 151-156). Stephenville, Texas: Langdon Review.
  • Covington, D. (2005). In Marc Smirnoff (Ed.), (Issue 49 ed., pp. 112-114). Conway, Arkansas: Oxford American.

Adaptations and Performances

  • Lizard was adapted into a play by Covington, for production at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as part of the Southern Writers' Project, 1994, and was selected to be performed at the Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA, 1996.



  • National Book Award Finalist for Salvation on Sand Mountain
  • Anne Rea Jewell Prize in Nonfiction, Boston Book Review, for Salvation on Sand Mountain
  • Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel for Lizard
  • Barrie Stavis Playwriting Award, National Theatre Conference, for Lizard
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 1999 for Cleaving The Best Christian Writing 2001 for The Problem of the Azure-Hooded Jay
  • Creative Writing Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Individual Artist Fellowship, Alabama State Council on the Arts
  • Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The Frederick W. Connor Award for oustanding contributions to the History of Ideas, University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Covington, D. Salvation on Sand Mountain, Fifteenth Anniversary Edition with a new afterword by the author (Fifteenth Anniversary Edition ed., vol. Salvation on Sand Mountain, pp. 249). Cambridge, MA: DaCapo Press, 2009.
    Salvation on Sand Mountain
  • Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws, and the Demise of an American Dream, New York: Counterpoint, 2004.
    Redneck Riveria
  • Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage,(with Vicki Covington), New York: North Point Press, 1999.


  • Lasso the Moon, New York: Delacorte Press, 1995.

Lasso the Moon

  • Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Salvation in Southern Appalachia, Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1995.
  • Lizard,New York: Delacorte Press, 1991.


Department of English