Literature, Language, Dialect

Fiction (including “local color” period), creative nonfiction, short stories, essays, poetry, drama, book reviews, author interviews, children’s and adolescent literature, fictional memoirs, classic reprints, and language/dialect studies

Abraham, Michael.  2013.  War, WV: A Fight for Justice in the Appalachian Coalfields [fiction]. Blacksburg, Va.: Pocahontas Press.  249 pp.  “When a coal impoundment dam...collapses...a band of survivors decide that justice must be done.”

Ackerman, Kathy Cantley.  2013.  Coal River Road: Poetry [W. Va.].  Livingston, Ala.:  Livingston Press.  83 pp.

Adkins, Jad.  2015.  “Holler” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 3 (Summer): 123-125.

Alther, Lisa, and Françoise Gilot.  2015.  About Women: Conversations between a Writer and a Painter.  New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.  242 pp.  “...they talk about everything important to them: their childhoods, the impact of war on their lives and their work, fashion, self-invention, style, feminism, even child rearing.”

Amende, Kathaleen E.  2013.  Desire and the Divine: Feminine Identity in White Southern Women’s Writing.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.  162 pp.  Explores the work and lives of five writers including Dorothy Allison and Lee Smith.

Anderson, Belinda.  2013.  Jackson vs. Witchy Wanda: Making Kid Soup [youth novel].  Charleston, W. Va.: Mountain State Press.  184 pp.  Alderson, W. Va., and the state’s National Radio Quiet Zone in Green Bank were inspirations for the story’s setting.

Anderson, Ray.  2015.  The Trail [suspense fiction; N.C.].  Nashville, Tenn.: Turner.  313 pp.  “Haunted by his past, Desert Storm veteran Karl Bergman leaves his wife and home behind and sets out on the Appalachian Trail in search of something missing in his life. He never dreams that his quest will force him to confront a serial killer.”

Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Gretchen Moran Laskas, Vol. V.  2013.  Edited by Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt.  Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Shepherd University.  135 pp.  Poetry, prose, and photos by 44 writers and artists including Gretchen Moran Laskas, Darnell Arnoult, Mark DeFoe, Connie Jordan Green, Llewellyn McKernan, Edwina Pendarvis, Cat Pleska, and Carter Taylor Seaton.

Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Frank X Walker, Vol. VI.  2014.  Edited by Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt.  Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Shepherd University.  194 pp.  Poetry, prose, and photos by approximately 40 writers and artists including Frank X Walker, Marc Harshman, Connie Jordan Green, Randi Ward, and former slave, Elizabeth Keckley.

Anthony, Joseph G.  2014.  Wanted: Good Family [fiction].  Appalachian Writing Series.  Huron, Ohio: Bottom Dog Press.  209 pp.  “1948: a young ‘colored’ family moves to a tenant farm near Lexington, Kentucky, only to find that everyone has secrets.”

Armstrong, Rhonda.  2015.  “Reading Around the Narrator in Lee Smith’s Oral History” [1983].  Journal of Appalachian Studies 21, no. 1 (Spring): 7-20.

Arnoult, Darnell.  2016.  Galaxie Wagon: Poems.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.  67 pp.

Atkins, Raymond L.  2013.  Camp Redemption: A Novel [northwest Ga. church camp].  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  271 pp.

Atkins, Raymond L.  2014.  Sweetwater Blues: A Novel [Ga.].  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  340 pp.  “ unlikely cast...including a methamphetamine dealer named Cheddar, a junkyard owner named Ottis Lee, a coffee-can addict named Bay-Annette, and an Alzheimer’s patient.”

Avery, Laurence G.  2014.  Mountain Gravity [poems; Blue Ridge Mountains].  Chapel Hill, N.C.: New Atlantic Media.  110 pp.

Barnett, Janice Willis.  2013.  “Going ‘Ocean to Ocean’ at the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival” [Lincoln Memorial University, Tenn.].  Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine 28, no. 2 (Winter): 32-33.  Special issue, “Global Appalachia.”  Barnett discusses speakers/writers Maurice Manning, Jim Wayne Miller, George Ella Lyon, and Silas House; the appeal of Appalachian themes outside the region, even internationally; and the Brier’s admonishment about “serving our center, our Appalachian heritage, by nurturing what we have in common with the rest of the world rather than concentrating on what marginalizes us.”

Barrows, Annie.  2015.  The Truth According to Us: A Novel [W. Va. mill town; 1938].  New York: Dial Press.  491 pp.  “Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression [based on milltown Romney, W. Va.] and told through the incredible voices of three narrators you quickly come to love--Layla Beck, Jottie Romeyn, and her niece, twelve year old Willa--this is an intimate family novel.”

Barton, Jennifer.  2015.  “Christmas in August” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 1 (Winter): 102-117.

Bathanti, Joseph.  2014.  The Life of the World to Come: A Novel.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.  252 pp.

bell hooks [Featured Author].  2015.  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 4 (Fall): 5-55.  This special issue includes an interview with hooks plus an essay, poetry, and a fiction excerpt by the author.

Bennett, Tanya Long.  2014.  “I have been so many people”: A Study of Lee Smith’s Fiction.  Dahlonega: University Press of North Georgia.  120 pp.  Contents: Lee Smith in context: an introduction | Early signs: The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed, Something in the Wind, and Fancy Strut | The drowning of Crystal Spangler in Black Mountain Breakdown | Narrative mourning: textual suspension of past/present in Oral History | The culminating self in Family Linen | The protean Ivy in Fair and Tender Ladies | “It was like I was right there”: primary experience and the role of memory in The Devil’s Dream | And the word was God: narrative negotiation of the spirit/flesh split in Saving Grace | Always the storyteller’s story: The Last Girls | “We are all just passing through”: contingency in On Agate Hill.

Berry, Wendell.  2015.  “Kentucky Writers in Kentucky.”  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 1 (Winter): 36-42.  Transcript of remarks delivered by inductee Berry at the third annual Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Carnegie Center (Lexington, Ky.), January 28, 2015.

Bjerre, Thomas Ærvold.  2014.  “Something Rich and Strange.”  Mississippi Quarterly 67, no. 1 (Winter): 151-155.  Review essay of The Ron Rash Reader (University of South Carolina Press, 2014).

Blair, Alexandra.  2015.  “‘The Wanted Stared Back’: Biopolitics, Genre, and Sympathy in Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God” [1973].  Southern Literary Journal 47, no. 2 (Spring): 89-106.  “McCarthy...sets a trap for readers and critics .... By manipulating narrative point of view and the generic expectations of Appalachian popular fiction, he encourages readers to focus on [Lester] Ballard’s humanity as the novel’s central moral quandary as a way to avoid acknowledging modern society’s systemic violence and its dehumanizing effects.”

Blevins, Adrian, and Karen Salyer McElmurray, ed.  2015.  Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia [32 essays; creative nonfiction].  Athens: Ohio University Press.  299 pp.  “Together, these essays take the theme of silencing in Appalachian culture, whether the details of that theme revolve around faith, class, work, or family legacies.”  Contributors: Dorothy Allison, Rob Amberg, Pinckney Benedict, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Sheldon Lee Compton, Michael Croley, Richard Currey, Joyce Dyer, Sarah Einstein, Connie May Fowler, RJ Gibson, Mary Crockett Hill, bell hooks, Silas House, Jason Howard, David Huddle, Tennessee Jones, Lisa Lewis, Jeff Mann, Chris Offutt, Ann Pancake, Jayne Anne Phillips, Melissa Range, Carter Sickels, Aaron Smith, Jane Springer, Ida Stewart, Jacinda Townsend, Jessie van Eerden, Julia Watts, Charles Dodd White, and Crystal Wilkinson.

Boggess, Ace.  2014.  The Prisoners [poems].  Columbus, Ga.: Brick Road Poetry Press.  111 pp.  This collection “gives voice to those forgotten Americans behind the ever increasing miles of razor wire .... Ace Boggess was locked up for five years in the West Virginia prison system. During that time, he wrote the poems collected here and published most of them. Prior to his incarceration, he earned his B.A. from Marshall University and his J.D. from West Virginia University.”

Bowers, Cathy Smith.  2013.  The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers.  Winston-Salem, N.C.: Press 53.  299 pp.  Contents: The love that ended yesterday in Texas (1997) | Traveling in time of danger (1999) | A book of minutes (2004) | The candle I hold up to see you (2009).  Bowers served as North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2010–2012.

Bowman, Bethann.  2016.  Review of Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Holston, ed. Jess Graves, Thomas Alan Holmes, and Ernest Lee (University of Tennessee Press, 2015).  Still: The Journal, no. 21 (Summer).  1,224 words.

Branscum, John E., and Wayne Thomas, ed.  2013.  Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature.  Louisville, Ky.: Sarabande Books.  235 pp.  “A diverse anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic essays....spanning ten years...from Mississippi to New York.”  Contents: That night / Karen Salyer McElmurray -- Real life / Donald Ray Pollock -- Very beautiful sad elegy for Bambi’s dead mother / Sara Pritchard -- Back of beyond / Ron Rash -- Lakeside penitence / Alex Taylor -- Lackland / Jacinda Townsend -- Controlled burn / Charles Dodd White -- Fixing things / Crystal Wilkinson -- ORGO vs the FLATLANDERS / Pinckney Benedict -- “Origins” from Southern Fried Masala / Ally Reeves -- Desire / Dennis Covington -- 715 Willey Street / Jeff Mann -- Vagina Dentata / Desirae Matherly -- Woman with spirits / Jessie van Eerden -- What the dead see; Sundays; Brief history of Melvin, my own personal bull / Nin Andrews -- Southbound #71 / Makalani Bandele -- Visions for the last night on earth; In the city of fallen rebels / Brian Barker -- Cleaning my father’s house; Heaven; Children / Paula Bohince -- Culture; Provincial thought; Geography of Yonder / Maurice Manning -- Tobacco culture; First hard freeze; q & a; Trash fish or nights back home / Davis McCombs -- Carter scratch / R.T. Smith -- My kinda woman; Legend of Negro Mountain; I would make a good owl / Bianca Spriggs -- Salt Hill; What we call this hunting; Pretty Polly; Whiskey pastoral / Jane Springer -- Letter to be wrapped around a bottle of whiskey; Walt Whitman in Alabama; Knoxville girl / Jake Adam York.

Brinkmeyer, Robert H., Jr.  2013.  “Discovering Gold in the Back of Beyond: The Fiction of Ron Rash.”  Virginia Quarterly Review 89, no. 3 (Summer): 219-223.

Brosi, George, and Katherine E. Egerton, ed.  2013.  Appalachian Gateway: An Anthology of Contemporary Stories and Poetry.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.  319 pp.  New authoritative reader featuring selected work by twenty-five authors, each accompanied by a biographical sketch and selective bibliography.  Plus two essays by George Brosi: “An Overview of Appalachian Literature,” xvii-xxvi, and a list of fifteen titles that precede this new introductory text, “Works on Appalachian Literature.”  The 25 writers in this volume are arranged under the same headings used in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia (2006):  PART 1: THE LANDSCAPE.  Lisa Alther | Fred Chappell | Nikki Giovanni | Robert Morgan -- PART 2: THE PEOPLE.  Robert J. Conley | Ann Pancake | Mark Powell | Lee Smith | Frank X Walker | Crystal Wilkinson | Meredith Sue Willis -- PART 3: WORK AND THE ECONOMY.  Barbara Kingsolver | Chris Offutt | Ron Rash | Charles Wright -- PART 4: CULTURAL TRADITIONS.  Darnell Arnoult | Pinckney Benedict | Silas House | Maurice Manning | Sharyn McCrumb -- PART 5: INSTITUTIONS.  Kathryn Stripling Byer | Elizabeth Cox | Chris Holbrook | Jeff Daniel Marion | Jayne Anne Phillips.  Afterword by Morgan Cottrell and Kate Egerton, “On Teaching with This Book as a Text.”

Brosi, George, ed.  2013.  “The 40th Anniversary Issue.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 1 (Winter): 1-192.  Includes a selection of 29 poems, 18 fiction pieces, and 25 illustrations, all originally published in Appalachian Heritage, many by well-known writers, plus an essay from the very first issue by founding editor Albert Stewart explaining the magazine’s mission.  The three editors who followed Stewart are Sidney Saylor Farr, James Gage, and George Brosi.

Brosi, George.  2013.  “David Huddle, A Versatile Author with Deep Roots in the New River Valley.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 3 (Summer): 15-20.  Huddle is Featured Author of this issue.

Brosi, George.  2013.  “A Tribute to Wilma Dykeman.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 2 (Spring): 10-11.  Reprinted from vol. 35, no. 2 (2007), shortly after Dykeman’s death.

Brosi, George.  2013.  “An Overview of Appalachian Literature” [history, pre-Civil War to the present].  In Appalachian Gateway: An Anthology of Contemporary Stories and Poetry, ed. G. Brosi and K. Egerton, xvii-xxvi.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

Brown, Nickole.  2015.  Fanny Says: Poems [Ky.].  American Poets Continuum Series, no. 147.  Rochester, N.Y.: BOA Editions.  148 pp.  Weatherford Award winner for poetry.  “An ‘unleashed love song’ to her late grandmother, Nickole Brown’s collection brings her brassy, bawdy, tough-as-new-rope grandmother to life .... A cross-genre collection that reads like a novel, this book is both a collection of oral history and a lyrical and moving biography that wrestles with the complexities of the South, including poverty, racism, and domestic violence.”

Browning, Maria.  2016.  “What the Ghost Showed Me” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 20 (Winter).  1,401 words.  “ maternal grandfather was that insistent ghost .... He was a Church of the Nazarene preacher.”

Burkette, Allison.  2013.  “Constructing the (M)Other: A-Prefixing, Stance, and the Lessons of Motherhood.”  Language In Society 42, no. 3 (June): 239-258.  “...examines two unprompted versions of the same story, related by a mother and daughter....[and notes] their use of grammatical features associated with Appalachian English within the entirety of their interviews.”

Burton, Nora.  2016.  “Inside a Frozen Heart” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 21 (Summer).  1,782 words.  Memories of growing up in southeast Michigan.

Byer, Kathryn Stripling.  [1986] 2013.  Girl in the Midst of the Harvest.  Winston-Salem, N.C.: Press 53.  92 pp.  Former North Carolina Poet Laureate’s (2005-2009) debut poetry collection, originally published: Lubbock: Texas Tech Press.

Canada, Mark.  2013.  “Rebecca Harding Davis’s Human Stories of the Civil War.”  Southern Cultures 19, no. 3 (Fall): 57-71.  From her vantage point as a resident of Wheeling, (West) Virginia.

Carpathios, Neil, ed.  2015.  Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio.  Foreword by Donald Ray Pollock; Introduction by Neil Carpathios.  Athens: Ohio University Press.  199 pp.  Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction set in Ohio, some previously published, from forty contemporary writers.  Contents:  I. FAMILY AND FOLKS.  Mirror, brush & comb; Far; A night in 1962 / Roy Bentley -- Folding tables and five-card stud / David Lee Garrison -- Peace in a primitive place / Beverly Zeimer -- Ohio lightning / Jean Musser -- Stubborn roots / Preston Martin -- Enough to go around / Beverly Zeimer -- The offer / Ed Davis -- The farmer’s wife’s vacation / Janet Ladrach -- Watching my neighbor in his fields / Jeanne Bryner -- A clear path / Julie L. Moore -- The way things are / Cathryn Essinger -- Bertha welcomes me to the neighborhood / Jeanne Bryner -- Outside / David Baker -- In memorium: Ginger/ Benjamin S. Grossberg -- Written on a big cheap postcard from the James Wright Festival in Martins Ferry, Ohio, 1999 / Diane Kendig -- Remembering James Wright / Michael Waterson -- II. THE LAND.  Ohio hills / Sue Lonney -- Beside Spring Creek; Someday, the sycamores... / Cathryn Essinger -- Sycamore country / Richard Hague -- Not children / Benjamin S. Grossberg -- Chipmunk a peripheral imposition...; Twenty years ago red maple saplings wound...; Walking the creek bed he picked up a siltstone fragment nickel-... / Brian Richards -- Box / Ivars Balkits -- Hallows Eve / Scott Urban -- Too many / David Baker -- Cardinals / Don Bogen -- Horse Loquela; Market Day / Michelle Burke -- The poet performs in the Theater of cows / Julie L. Moore -- Wine tasting, Nine a.m. / Christopher Citro -- Every river on earth / David Lee Garrison -- III. THE GRIND.  In line for the cashier; South of the train tracks / Laura Madeline Wiseman -- Everything must go / Joel Peckham -- Coming home / Michael Henson -- The Last Shot / Christina Jones -- Patriotics / David Baker -- Destroying New Boston / Brooks Rexroat -- The Jesus lights / Donald Ray Pollock -- Psalm 96 / Joel Peckham -- IV. HOME AND AWAY.  To the young man living on the fourteenth floor, missing the hills of Appalachia / Cathy Cultice Lentes -- The stars in Shawnee / Dallas Woodburn -- Reading James Wright during a Louisiana afternoon thunderstorm I realize there are worse places to live than Zanesville, Ohio / Mark Jenkins -- A Ride / Don Bogen -- The Friday night dance / Ronald D. Giles -- The girls play dress-up; Pyrotechnicalities / Myrna Stone -- Painting Portsmouth / Tanya Bomsta -- Kathleen’s Talent / Herbert Woodward Martin -- Route 4 / David Lee Garrison -- Portrait of southern Ohio in 5-syllable road signs / Adam Sol -- In this reality, you exit at the next McDonald’s for fries and a shake; You just sit there dreaming / Christopher Citro -- The fair / Hayley Hughes -- caution: do not use with mono devices / Jennifer Kanke -- Moving to Adams County, 1973 / Lianne Spidel -- Visiting Ohio / Jean Musser -- Tourist brochure for Athens, Ohio / Rebecca Lachman -- Caught up in summer / Janet Ladrach.

Cash, Wiley.  2014.  This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel.  New York: William Morrow.  232 pp.  Suspense fiction; foster sisters and father as rescuer; western N.C.

Cash, Wiley.  2014.  “Wiley Cash.”  Interview by Amy Clark.  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 2 (Spring): 64-73.  Cash is the author of two bestselling novels, A Land More Kind Than Home (2012) and This Dark Road to Mercy (2014).

Chadourne, Jennifer Barton.  2014.  Review of Charles Dodd White’s novel A Shelter of Others (Fiddleblack Press, 2014).  Still: The Journal, no. 15 (Summer).  1,085 words.

Chandler, Sherry.  2014.  Review of Michael Henson’s poetry collection, The True Story of the Resurrection (Wind Publications, 2014).  Still: The Journal, no. 16 (Fall).  1,392 words.

Chappell, Fred.  2014.  Familiars: Poems [of cats].  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.  66 pp.

Chitwood, Michael.  2014.  Living Wages: Poems.  North Adams, Mass.: Tupelo Press.  74 pp.

Clabough, Casey.  2013.  George Garrett: A Critical Biography [1929-2008].  Huntsville: Texas Review Press.  209 pp.  Garrett served as Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2002-2004.

Clabough, Casey.  2013.  “New River, New Verse: The Shifting Nature of David Huddle’s Poetry.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 3 (Summer): 44-50.  Huddle is Featured Author of this issue.

Clabough, Casey.  2014.  Featured Author, Floyd County Moonshine 6, no. 1 (Spring).  Three nonfiction essays by Clabough: “Use Your Illusion (Girls of Spring), 3-17; “Introduction to Farm Boy: An Agricultural Upbringing & Life in the 21st Century,” 45-52; “Excerpts from Farm Boy,” 74-83; plus reviews of his novel, Confederado (Ingalls Publishing Group, 2012), by Mark Powell, 84-85; and Daniel Cross Turner, 86-91.

Clabough, Casey.  2015.  The End of the Mountains: A Lost Account of the Smokies [fiction].  Sarasota, Fla.: Little Curlew Press.  225 pp.  “Clabough revisits the hardscrabble life of ancestor Columbus Clabough: the last of his family to live by the old Smoky Mountain ways .... Bringing us into a vanished world of red wolves, chestnuts, and human way of life long forgotten, Clabough offers a powerful narrative that captures the life of his great uncle.”

Clark, Amy D., and Nancy M. Hayward, ed.  2013.  Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  264 pp.  “...the language of the region is a living testament to its rich heritage.  Despite the persistence of unflattering stereotypes and cultural discrimination associated with their style of speech, Appalachians have organized to preserve regional dialects.”  Contents: Introduction / Amy D. Clark and Nancy M. Hayward -- PART 1: VARIETIES, EDUCATION, AND POWER IN APPALACHIA.  The historical background and nature of the Englishes of Appalachia / Michael Montgomery -- The Appalachian range: the limits of language variation in West Virginia / Kirk Hazen, Jaime Flesher, and Erin Simmons -- Think locally: langauge as community practice / Nancy M. Hayward -- African American speech in southern Appalachia / Walt Wolfram -- Dialect and education in Appalachia / Jeffrey Reaser -- Voices in the Appalachia classroom / Amy D. Clark -- Silence, voice, and identity among Appalachian college women / Katherine Sohn -- Language and power / Anita Puckett -- The treatment of dialect in Appalachian literature / Michael Ellis -- PART 2: VOICES FROM APPALACHIA.  PERSONAL ESSAYS: Voiceplace / George Ella Lyon -- In my own country / Silas House -- Southern exposure / Lee Smith -- A matter of perception / Jane Hicks -- NOVEL EXCERPTS: Carrie Bishop: from Storming Heaven / Denise Giardina -- The high sheriff: from One Foot in Eden / Ron Rash -- Ezra’s journal and Andrew Nettles: from Hiding Ezra / Rita Quillen -- SHORT STORY: Holler / Crystal Wilkinson -- POETRY: Spell check / Anne Shelby.

Clark, Amy.  2014.  “The Marginalized Voices of a Marginalized Place.”  Harvard University Press (blog), 26 June.  650 words.  Reprint of Clark’s 500-word essay entry to the Dictionary of American Regional English describing the empowerment and “value of dialect variation in effective writing.”

Clark, Jim.  2013.  Review essay of Six Poets from the Mountain South, by John Lang (Louisiana State University Press, 2010).  Mississippi Quarterly 66, no. 1 (Winter): 161-163.

Claxton, Mae Miller.  2014.  “Remapping the South: New Perspectives in Appalachian Studies.”  Southern Literary Journal 47, no. 1 (Fall): 115-119.  Review essay of three books: Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies, by Erica Abrams Locklear (Ohio University Press, 2011); Inhabiting Contemporary Southern & Appalachian Literature: Region & Place in the 21st Century, by Casey Clabough (University Press of Florida, 2012); and The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology & Place, ed. Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karla Armbruster (Universtiy of Georgia Press, 2012).

Cline, Brent Walter.  2013.  “On Holy Ground” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 13 (Fall).  5,259 words.  “‘On Holy Ground’ constructs a weave of two superficially unrelated experiences, i.e., a return to a childhood home and a visit to a West Virginia Orthodox monastery.” -- Fenton Johnson.  “There is a degree of intimidation in approaching a monk, even with wood chips in his beard and a chicken in his arm.”

Cocke, Dudley.  2013.  “The Unreported Arts Recession of 1997” [right wing campaign to defame the NEA].  Research in Drama Education [RiDE]: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance 16, no. 1 (February): 93-100.  Cocke is the artistic director of Roadside Theater  (Appalshop, Whitesburg, Ky.).

Cole, Samantha Lynn.  2013.  “A Portfolio of Poetry” [four poems].  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 4 (Fall): 50-57.

Combs, Sarah.  2014.  Breakfast Served Anytime [young adult fiction].  Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press.  261 pp.  Coming of age novel; Kentucky; summer camp; MTR.

Compton, Sheldon Lee.  2016.  Brown Bottle: A Novel.  Huron, Oh.: Bottom Dog Press.  164 pp.  “Compton is a hillbilly Bukowski, one of the grittiest writers to come down the pike since Larry Brown.” -- Donald Ray Pollock.

Cope, Steven R.  2013.  Selected Poems.  Foreword by Mary Ann Taylor-Hall.  Frankfort, Ky.: Broadstone Books.  106 pp.  Poems are drawn from six collections (2002-2012) and two chapbooks.  Cope was born 1949, Menifee Co., Ky.

Coppock, Dawn.  2015.  As Sweet As It’s Going to Get: Poems, [Motherhood, Marriage and Divorce, Adoption, Rural Life].  [Jefferson City, Tenn.]: Sapling Grove Press.  79 pp.  “This book is full of wisdom and humor and food and people and a sense of place I know like the back of my hand.  It’s earthy and smart and funny.” -- Kathy Mattea.

Corcoran, Jonathan.  2016.  The Rope Swing: Stories [W. Va.; LGBTQ themes].  Morgantown, W. Va.:  West Virginia University Press.  2016.  163 pp.  Contents: Appalachian swan song | The rope swing | Pauly’s girl | Through the still hours | Felicitations | Corporeal | Hank the king | Excavation | Brooklyn, 4 a.m | A touch.  “These are the stories of outsiders....What happens to those who dare to live their lives outside of the strict confines of the town’s traditional and regimented ways?”

Cox, Elizabeth.  2013.  I Have Told You and Told You: Poems.  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  94 pp.

Cox, Ricky L.  2013.  “Fred Chappell’s I Am One of You Forever as a Subject for Literary Analysis and an Alternative Image of Mid-Twentieth-Century Appalachia” [Louisiana State University Press, 1985].  Chap. 9 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 149-168.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

Cramer, Jennifer.  2016.  Contested Southernness: The Linguistic Production and Perception of Identities in the Borderlands.  Publication of the American Dialect Society, no. 100.  Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.  193 pp.  Technical study; maps.

Crawford, Katherine Scott.  2015.  “The Sacred Stillness of Father Damien” [craft essay]. Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 1 (Winter): 77-82.  Discusses the writing of Native American author Louise Erdrich.

Creasman, Boyd C.  2016.  Writing West Virginia: Place, People, and Poverty in Contemporary Literature from the Mountain State [8 writers].  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.  183 pp.  Contents: Introduction: Three themes and three types of transcendence | Davis Grubb’s The Night of the Hunter | Mary Lee Settle’s Beulah Quintet | Breece Pancake’s short fiction | Denise Giardina’s Storming Heaven | Irene McKinney’s Vivid Companion | Ann Pancake’s Strange as This Weather Has Been | Jayne Anne Phillips’s Lark and Termite | Pinckney Benedict’s Miracle Boy and Other Stories | Afterword.

Crowther, Hal.  2015.  “The Night Watchman.”  Oxford American, no. 88 (Spring): 35-37.  Essay on the poetry of Charles Wright.

Cummings, John Michael.  2015.  Don’t Forget Me, Bro: A Novel [schizophrenic; family treatment].  Nacogdoches, Tex.: Stephen F. Austin University Press.  240 pp.  “Stunned by the death of his mentally ill brother...Mark Barr returns to his hometown in West Virginia for his brother’s funeral only to find out that his estranged family has no such plans.”

Davenport, Doris.  [1982] 2014.  65 Poems.  [No location]: CreateSpace.  150 pp.

Davis, David A.  2013.  “Abjection and White Trash Autobiography.”  In Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South, ed. J. Phillips, 187-204.  Focuses on class and self-representation in Dorothy Allison’s Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (1995), Rick Bragg’s All Over but the Shoutin’ (1997), Harry Crews’s A Childhood: The Biography of a Place (1978), and Janisse Ray’s Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (1999).

Davis, Ed.  2014.  The Psalms of Israel Jones: A Novel.  Morgantown, W. Va.: Vandalia Press.  286 pp.  “Secrets and snakes, rock and gospel, guilt and grace.”  The story of a rock star father and preacher son’s “journey toward spiritual redemption.”

DePoy, Phillip.  2013.  December’s Thorn [mystery; Ga.].  Fever Devilin series.  New York: Minotaur Books.  295 pp.

Depta, Victor.  2013.  Poems: What Love Is.  Frankfort, Ky.: Blair Mountain Press.  107 pp.

Depta, Victor.  2015.  Letters to Buddha [poems].  Frankfort, Ky.: Blair Mountain Press.  80 pp.

DiMaggio, Kenneth.  2015.  “Boy’s Club (1968)” [creative nonfiction].  Floyd County Moonshine 7, no. 2 (Summer): 43-52.

DiSclafani, Anton.  2013.  The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls [fiction; N.C.; Blue Ridge Mountains].  New York: Riverhead Books.  390 pp.  “Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school’s strict environment.”

Douglass, Thomas E.  2014.  “Quiet Dell: The Place We Long For.” Appalachian Journal 42, no. 1-2 (Fall 2014-Winter 2015): 90-95.  Review essay of Quiet Dell (Simon & Schuster, 2013), by Jayne Anne Phillips.

Downer, Hilda.  2013.  Sky Under the Roof: Poems [N.C.].  Huron, Ohio: Bottom Dog Press.  Working Lives Series; Appalachian Writing Series.  123 pp.  “...a fine collection from a seasoned poet, set in her world of Appalachia, family, and womanhood.”  See also Downer’s first book of poetry, Bandana Creek  (Red Clay Books, 1979).

Driskell, Kathleen Mason.  2015.  Next Door to the Dead: Poems.  Kentucky Voices series.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  90 pp.

Driskell, Kathleen.  2016.  “Kathleen Driskell.”  Interview by Jason Howard.  Appalachian Heritage 44, no. 1 (Winter): 46-59.  Driskell is author of three books of poetry: Next Door to the Dead (2015); Seed Across Snow (2009); and Laughing Sickness (1999).

Duncan, Julia Nunnally.  2013.  Barefoot in the Snow [poems].  New York: World Audience.  68 pp.

Dunlap, Sue Weaver.  2015.  “Stop-Mama’s Butcher Knife” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 19 (Fall).  466 words.  “Weaver kids, all hungry all the time, especially since their daddy was blacklisted for leading the wildcat textile strike in Knoxville in 1934.”

Dunn, Tim.  2015.  Review of David Joy’s debut novel, Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam’s, 2015).  999 words.

Dyer, Joyce.  2013.  “Trainman” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 13 (Fall).  5,580 words.  “He would memorize the schedules of trains passing through Akron and go to meet them, blocking out the rest of the city—the bars and drunks and dark clouds of Rubber Town.”

Dykeman,Wilma.  2013.  Featured Author, Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 2 (Spring): 6-59.  Guest editor, Viki Dasher Rouse.  A selection of articles, poems, and an excerpt from an unpublished novel, plus 15 photos spread throughout the issue.

Eads, Martha Greene.  2013.  “Raising the Dead in Denise Giardina’s Appalachian Fiction.”  Christianity & Literature 63, no. 1 (Autumn): 75-87.  “...her efforts to ‘raise the dead’ in novels set in her native West Virginia are praiseworthy .... Giardina revives long-gone neighbors and the communities they populated, anticipating and meeting Wendell Berry’s challenge in ‘Imagination in Place’ to ‘transcend the limits of experience of provable knowledge in order to make a thing that is whole’.”

Earley, Tony.  2014.  Mr. Tall: A Novella and Stories.  New York: Little, Brown.  242 pp.  Contents: Haunted castles of the Barrier Islands | Mr. Tall | The cryptozoologist | Have you seen the stolen girl? | Yard art | Just married | Jack and the mad dog.

East, Elyssa.  2016.  “The Ballad of Harlan County” [Ky.].  Paintings by Bob Howard.  Oxford American, no. 93 (Summer): 90-103.  Creative nonfiction about the author’s visit to the place where her grandfather worked as a miner for nearly forty years and where her grandmother’s ancestors were among the first white settlers. Contents: Prelude: The view from Brookside | Part One: Between daylight and dark | Part Two: In the mountains of lost songs.

Eblen, Tom.  2015.  “Wendell Berry (of course) To Be First Living Writer Inducted into Ky. Hall of Fame” [Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning selection].  Lexington Herald-Leader, 10 January.  785 words.

Edwards, Grace Toney.  2013.  “Teaching the Poetry and Prose of Marilou Awiakta.”  Chap. 13 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 233-251.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

Einstein, Sarah.  2015.  “On Marriage” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 17 (Winter).  589 words.  “My love is sick today, and so it’s all soup made with bone broth and time on the couch, piles of tissues and nests of blankets.”

Eisenfeld, Sue.  2014.  “Scrabble Road” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 15 (Summer).  3,682 words.  “ the five or six times we’d been coming to the swimming one had seriously ever asked us for those permission cards before .... ‘You’re welcome to join us,’ he says of the imminent baptism. ‘Or we’re going to have to ask you to stay out of the water’.”

Emerson, Renee.  2014.  Keeping Me Still [poems; Tenn., Ky., Ga.].  Sacramento, Calif.: Winter Goose Publishing.  86 pp.

Engelhardt, Elizabeth S. D., and Elizabeth Sims.  2013.  “Wilma Dykeman: A Biography of ‘Woods and Words’” [1920-2006].  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 2 (Spring): 19-26.

Engelhardt, Elizabeth S. D.  2015.  “Riding Deep Waters: An Appalachian Meditation.”  Southern Literary Journal 48, no. 1 (Fall): 16-21.  Discusses Emma Bell Miles’s “Appalachian manifesto,” The Spirit of the Mountains (1905).  “Concerned with unfettered development, new demeaning forms of service industry work, and erosion of community that she witnessed in Chattanooga and Walden’s Ridge, Tennessee, Miles picked up her pen to capture southern mountain cultures before tourism, industry, and rapid spread of national popular culture brought what she saw as devastating changes.”

Estes, Andrew Keller.  2013.  Cormac McCarthy and the Writing of American Spaces.  Spatial Practices series, no. 16.  Amsterdam: Rodopi.  239 pp.

Fincke, Gary.  2013.  The Proper Words for Sin [11 short stories].  Morgantown, W. Va.: Vandalia Press.  214 pp.

FitzGerald, Gerry.  2013.  Redemption Mountain: A Novel.  New York: Henry Holt.  435 pp.
“New York executive Charlie visits West Virginia to oversee a [mountaintop removal] mining project and finds a friendship with Natty, who longs to escape her own unfulfilling existence.”

Fowler, Amelia.  2016.  “Geographies of Pluto” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 44, no. 1 (Winter): 32-41.

Franklin, Tom, and Chris Offutt.  2013.  “The Art of Grit Lit: An Interview with Tom Franklin and Chris Offutt.”  By Robert Rea.  Southern Quarterly 50, no. 3 (Spring): 79-94.  Franklin and Brian R. Carpenter are co-editors of the collection, Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader (University of South Carolina Press, 2012).
Franks, Julia.  2016.  Over the Plain Houses: A Novel.  Spartanburg, S.C.: Hub City Press.  271 pp.  “A Depression-era Appalachian farm wife is branded as a witch by her fundamentalist husband when she bonds with a USDA agent who has traveled to the North Carolina mountains to instruct regional families on how to modernize their homes and farms.”

Franks, Travis.  2014.  “‘Talkin about Lester’: Community, Culpability, and Narrative Suppression in Child of God” [by Cormac McCarthy, 1973].  Mississippi Quarterly 67, no. 1 (Winter): 75-97.

Frye, Steven, ed.  2013.  The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy.  New York: Cambridge University Press.  223 pp.

Gantt, Patricia M.  2013.  “Teaching Modern Appalachia in Wilma Dykeman’s The Far Family.”  Chap. 8 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 131-148.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

Gaucher, Elizabeth.  2014.  “Farm Dogs” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 16 (Fall).  2,412 words.  “It was the summers of the 1970s, and my family drove away from our home in West Virginia’s capital city. We drove over hills and through the countryside....We left the paved state road to reach Swago....Upon our every arrival, dogs would bellow at us with tones of both defense and welcome.”

Gaucher, Elizabeth.  2016.  “‘Allons, Enfants’: A Young Appalachian in Paris” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 21 (Summer).  2,247 words.  “I was thirteen years old when I hopped a jet to Paris and proceeded to make myself at home for a month .... The youngest of a group of West Virginians on a student-exchange trip.”

Gay, William.  2015.  Little Sister Death [horror fiction; Tenn.].  Ann Arbor, Mich.: Dzanc Books.  202 pp.  “A stirring literary rendition of Tennessee’s famed ‘Curse of the Bell Witch’.”

Giardina, Denise.  2014.  “Robert and Ted: An Excerpt from the Play.”  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 2 (Spring): 57-68.  The two-act play, tracing the relationship between Senators Robert Byrd (W. Va.) and Edward M. Kennedy (Mass.) debuted with an on-stage reading at FestivALL, an arts celebration in Charleston, W. Va., June 2012.

Giardina, Denise.  2014.  “Interview with Denise Giardina.”  Still: The Journal, no. 15 (Summer).  1,993 words.  “Denise Giardina is widely considered as one of the great Appalachian authors.  Her masterpieces, Storming Heaven (1987) and The Unquiet Earth (1992), are essential reading for anyone who is interested in the labor history of our country, Appalachian culture, or those who simply crave an epic American story.”

Gifford, James M.  2013.  “The Guggenheim Fellowship: The Beginning of Jesse Stuart’s Global Life.”  Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine 28, no. 2 (Winter): 17-18.  Special issue, “Global Appalachia.”  “On July 9, 1937, he sailed from New York [to] explore his ancestral land .... Stuart’s travels in the 1930s whetted his appetite for a lifetime of global adventures.”

Gifford, Terry.  2013.  “Nature’s Eloquent Speech in Charles Frazier’s Nightwoods” [Random House, 2011].  Mississippi Quarterly 66, no. 4 (Fall): 565-582.  Also mentions Frazier’s other two novels, Cold Mountain (1997) and Thirteen Moons (2006).

Gingher, Marianne, ed.  2015.  Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.  214 pp.  Essays by 21 writers, including Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell, Pamela Duncan, Michael McFee, and Lee Smith.

Giovanni, Nikki.  2013.  Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid [poems].  New York: William Morrow.  143 pp.

Gipe, Robert.  2015.  Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel.  Athens: Ohio University Press.  315 pp., with more than 200 line drawings by the author.  Weatherford Award winner for fiction.  “Dawn Jewell is fifteen. She is restless, curious, and wry, ...speaks her mind, and joins her grandmother’s fight against mountaintop removal mining....She lives in eastern Kentucky with her addict mother and her Mamaw, whose stance against the coal companies has earned her the community’s ire.  Jagged and honest, Trampoline is a powerful portrait of a place struggling with the economic and social forces that threaten and define is above all about its heroine, Dawn, as she decides whether to save a mountain or save herself; be ruled by love or ruled by anger; remain in the land of her birth or run for her life.”

Glass, Elizabeth.  2014.  “Gravy Lessons” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 16 (Fall).  5,357 words.  “1. Look at a recipe or two before heading willy nilly into fixing something
you’ve never fixed before.”

Glock, Allison.  2013.  “Country Living” [review essay of Crapalachia, by Scott McClanahan; Two Dollar Radio, 2013].  New York Times, 2 June.  1,103 words.

Godwin, Rebecca.  2015.  “North Carolina Women Writers: Finding a Voice in a Distinguished Literary Place.”  In North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol. 2, ed. M. Gillespie and S. McMillen, 375-394.  Athens: University of Georgia Press.  Writers profiled include Wilma Dykeman, Lee Smith, and Kathryn Stripling Byer.

Graves, Jesse.  2014.  Basin Ghosts: Poems.  Huntsville: Texas Review Press.  80 pp.  Weatherford Award winner for poetry.

Graves, Jesse, Thomas Alan Holmes, and Ernest Lee, ed.  2016.  Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Holston.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.  255 pp.  Contents: Introduction: The journey a poet makes / Ernest Lee -- Land of lost content / Jeff Daniel Marion -- PART ONE: THE POET’S SENSE OF PLACE.  Poet on the Holston / Robert Morgan -- Epistolary exchanges: the personal and poetic journey of Jeff Daniel Marion in Letters Home / Marianne Worthington -- The sacred home in Jeff Daniel Marion’s “Detroit Days” / Thomas Alan Holmes -- The poetry of Jeff Daniel Marion: “The reward of this labor/is vision” / Gerald C. Wood -- PART TWO: THE POET’S EVOLVING VOICE.  Jeff Daniel Marion: “Measures of Grace” / John Lang -- Coming “the long way around”: Marion’s Chinese poems / Don Johnson -- “Look quick, son, and drink deep”: father as muse in the poetry of Jeff Daniel Marion / Gina Herring -- Constructing “The Arbor”: absence, place, and memory as poetic strategies in the poetry of Jeff Daniel Marion / Allison Cooper Davis -- Jeff Daniel Marion and the Chinese Poet / Rita Quillen -- PART THREE: THE POET’S WIDE REACH AND EXPANSIVE VISION.  A single black feather / George Ella Lyon -- Creating community: Jeff Daniel Marion, The Small Farm, and Appalachian Studies at Carson-Newman College / Nicole Drewitz-Crockett -- “Picture what you can”: the art of the visual in Jeff Daniel Marion’s poems and photographs / Randall Wilhelm -- PART FOUR: THE POET AS TEACHER AND MENTOR.  In the beginning: small farms, scribbled poems, and Mr. Marion’s rocking chair / Lynn Powell -- Jeff Daniel Marion as teacher / Nelda Hill -- Boundless boundaries: the deed to inspiration / Susan O’Dell Underwood -- “Where all our words grow warm”: Jeff Daniel Marion and Tennessee poetry / Jim Clark -- An interview with Jeff Daniel Marion / Jesse Graves -- A Jeff Daniel Marion timeline and bibliography / Linda Parsons Marion.

Greene, Amy.  2013.  Featured Author, Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 4 (Fall): 12-39.  Two articles and an excerpt from Greene’s new novel, Long Man (Knopf, 2014).

Greene, Amy.  2014.  Long Man: A Novel [historical fiction].  New York: Knopf.  288 pp.  “In the summer of 1936, the TVA plans to build a dam in a Tennessee town at the same time a little girl goes missing -- possibly stolen by a drifter determined to blow up the dam.”  By the author of Bloodroot (2010).

Grisham, John.  2014.  Gray Mountain: A Novel [suspense fiction; Va.; Big Coal].  New York: Doubleday.  368 pp.  “Samantha Kofer was a third year associate at...New York City’s largest law firm. Two weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed [2008], she lost her job....A week later she was working as an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small town Appalachia.”

Grué, Mélanie.  2016.  “Great writing always sings’: Dorothy Allison Speaks.”  Southern Quarterly 53, no. 2 (Winter): 131-146.

Gunn, Angel Sands.  2014. “Black Holes” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 4 (Fall): 77-91.

Hackey, Robert B.  2015.  “Folk Healers and Medical Miracles: Images of Health and Health Care In The Hunger Games” [by Suzanne Collins, 2008].  Journal of Popular Culture 48, no. 4 (August): 776-788.  “Collins displays a nuanced understanding of Appalachian folk medicine that incorporates many practices common in the region during the nineteenth and twentieth century....Women were the primary sources of botanical medicine knowledge since they were largely responsible for family health care.”

Hague, Richard.  2014.  “Richard Hague.”  Interview by Jason Howard.  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 3 (Summer): 43-57.  Hague’s book, During the Recent Extinctions: New and Selected Poems, 1984-2012, received the 2012 Weatherford Award for poetry.
Hague, Richard.  2015.  “Garden Fatigue” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 17 (Winter).  1,335 words.  “Garden fatigue, I call it. Mostly a spiritual malaise, it’s a kind of hangover after the excesses of summer.”

Hague, Richard.  2015.  “Picking Tomatoes, Near Freeze, at Midnight” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 1 (Winter): 28-32.

Hague, Richard, ed.  2015.  Quarried: Three Decades of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel.  Loveland, Oh.: Dos Madres Press.  200 pp.  Anthology of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction “representative of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative’s hospitality and universality and of the themes Appalachian writers tend to return to.”

Haigh, Jennifer.  2013.  News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories.  New York:  HarperCollins.  244 pp.  In ten interconnected short stories, Haigh “returns to the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania [Baker Towers, 2005], a coal mining town rocked by decades of painful transition.”

Haigh, Jennifer.  2016.  Heat and Light [fiction; fracking].  New York: Ecco.  430 pp.  Former coal boomtown Bakerton, Pa., “sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas. Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, this novel depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources.”  Haigh is author of five other novels including bestseller Baker Towers (2005).

Hale, Christine.  2014.  “Mine, and Hers” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 15 (Summer).   1,536 words.  “My parents built their house, the only one our family ever lived in .... [My] sister Betsy—eight years older and cognitively impaired from birth—shared the attic with me.”

Hanlon, Tina L.  2013.  “Way Back Yonder” but Not So Far Away: Teaching Appalachian Folktales.”  Chap. 7 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 109-128.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

Hansel, Pauletta.  2015.  “My Father’s Photograph” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 18 (Summer).  1,844 words.  “My father’s photograph arrived before Christmas, a gift from a cousin....—‘Charles Hansel, born May 21, 1931, age 3 yrs’— called Charlie-boy.”

Hansel, Pauletta.  2015.  Tangle: Poems.  Loveland, Oh.: Dos Madres Press.  106 pp.

Harnett, Natalie S.  2014.  The Hollow Ground: A Novel.  New York: Thomas Dunne.  320 pp.  Appalachian Writers Association book-of-the-year award winner in fiction.  “The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced eleven-year-old Brigid Howley and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents .... Brigid, already struggling to keep her family together, makes a grisly discovery in a long-abandoned bootleg mine shaft.”
Harshbarger, Dwight.  2015.  Valley at Risk: Shelter in Place [fiction].  Huntington, W. Va.: Mid-Atlantic Highlands.  296 pp.  Novelization of the 2008 MIC chemical release in Institute, W. Va. -- the same Union Carbide pesticide that killed 3,700 in Bhopal, India, in1984.  “Through the eyes of an investigative reporter, 'Valley at Risk: Shelter in Place' gives us a chilling and deeply personal look into the lives of people living in the shadow of an enormous amount of toxic chemicals....Harshbarger’s novel opens windows into the chemical industry’s dark past, and its living presence--what we face today.” -- Richard Miebers.

Harshman, Marc.  2013.  All That Feeds Us: The West Virginia Poems [chapbook].  Charleston, W. Va.: Quarrier Press.  27 pp.

Harshman, Marc.  2014.  A Song for West Virginia [“written to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th year”; pamphlet].  Photographs by Steve Shaluta.  Charleston, W. Va.: Quarrier Press.  12 pp.  Harshman was appointed poet laureate of West Virginia in 2012.

Harshman, Marc.  2015.  Mountain Christmas [children’s literature].  Illustrated by Cecy Rose.  Charleston, W. Va.: Quarrier Press.  32 pp.   Features iconic West Virginia scenes such as the State Capitol, Green Bank Observatory, and Blackwater Falls.

Harshman, Marc.  2016.  One Big Family [children’s book].  Illustrated by Sara Palacios.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.  34 pp.  Joy of family reunion; summer vacation.

Haworth, Holly.  2015.  “The Weight of Things” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 18 (Summer).  795 words.  “In a house that is not yet home, I am heavy. Heavy with the weight of flight, and the things I have brought with me....From the French Broad River...the Tennessee Valley....the Cumberland Mountains.”

Hays, Tommy.  2013.  What I Came to Tell You [young adult fiction].  New York: EgmontUSA.  320 pp.  Family moving through grief after mother’s death; Asheville, N.C.

Hazelwood, Rebecca.  2014.  “Study of a Childhood” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 14 (Winter).  2,365 words.  “ a public pool on the other side of town, my father brought me to meet his girlfriend while he was still married to and living with my mother.”

Henson, Michael.  [1983] 2016.  A Small Room with Trouble on My Mind: And Other Stories.  Rev. ed.  Huron, Oh.: Bottom Dog Press.  164 pp.  Originally published: Albuquerque, N.M.: West End Press.

Henson, Michael.  2013.  “The Poetry of Richard Hague: During the Recent Extinctions: New and Selected Poems” [Dos Madres Press, 2012].  Appalachian Journal 40, no. 3-4 (Summer-Spring): 278-284.  Review essay; Weatherford Award winner for poetry.

Henson, Michael.  2014.  The True Story of the Resurrection [poems].  Foreword by Richard Hague.  Nicholasville, Ky.: Wind.  106 pp.

Henson, Michael.  2015.  The Way the World Is: The Maggie Boylan Stories.  Omaha, Neb.: Brighthorse Books.  172 pp.  “Set in Appalachian Ohio amid an epidemic of prescription opiate abuse, Michael Henson’s stunning collection of linked stories tells of a woman’s search for her own peculiar kind of redemption.  Addict, thief, liar, lover, loser, hustler, Maggie Boylan is queen of invective and sultana of insult. But she is also a woman of deep compassion and resilience.”

Herkness, Nancy.  2013.  Country Roads [fiction; W. Va.].  Las Vegas, Nev.: Montlake Romance.  361 pp.

Hickam, Homer.  2015.  Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator [fictionalized memoir; 1935].  New York:  William Morrow.  432 pp.  This
prequel to the author’s bestselling memoir, Rocket Boys (1998) is the story of Hickam’s parents’ 1000-mile adventure from Coalwood, W. Va. to Orlando, Fla. to return home an overgrown pet alligator.

Hicks, Jane.  2014.  Driving with the Dead: Poems.  Foreword by George Ella Lyon.  Kentucky Voices series.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  66 pp.  “...the hard-hitting collection is visceral and unflinchingly honest, mourning a land and people devastated by economic hardship, farm foreclosures, and mountaintop removal.”

Hite, Ann.  2015.  Where the Souls Go: A Black Mountain Novel.  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  383 pp. “ At the age of ten, Annie Todd finds not only is her mother quite mad but that Annie has inherited an unusual legacy. The ghost of a young girl visits Annie in her new home deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where Annie’s mother, Grace Jean, has hidden them away from the life they used to know.”

Hoffman, David O.  2013.  “Heritage Writer, Mary Noailles Murfree (1850-1922).”  In Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Gretchen Moran Laskas, Vol. V, ed. S. Shurbutt, 112-117.  Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Shepherd University.  Murfree’s short story, “Among the Cliffs,” follows on pages 118-125.

Hoffman, David O.  2014.  “Heritage Writer, Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907).”  In Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Frank X Walker, Vol. VI, ed. S. Shurbutt, 103-107.  Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Shepherd University.  Review of “Behind the Scenes,” the 1868 narrative written by this former slave, dressmaker, and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln.

Holmes, Gina.  2013.  Wings of Glass [Christian fiction; domestic abuse].  Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale House.  384 pp.  “On the cusp of adulthood, 18-year-old Penny is swept off her feet by a handsome farmhand. But the fairy tale doesn’t last, and she finds redemption with two women from very different worlds.”

Holmes, Thomas Alan.  2013.  “Lover, Partner, and Parent in James Still’s Chinaberry” [University Press of Kentucky, 2011].  Appalachian Journal 40, no. 3-4 (Summer-Spring): 266-276.

Holmes, Thomas Alan.  2014.  Review of Robert Morgan’s novel The Road from Gap Creek
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013).  Still: The Journal, no. 14 (Winter).  757 words.

Holmes, Thomas Alan.  2015.  “‘The Language of Elms . . . A Song Unmatched’: Dementia and Rootedness in Charles Dodd White’s A Shelter of Others” [2014].  Journal of Appalachian Studies 21, no. 2 (Fall): 263-271.

Holtman, Janet.  2014.  “‘White Trash’ in Literary History: The Social Interventions of Erskine Caldwell and James Agee.”  American Studies 53, no. 2: 31-48.

Holtman, Janet.  2015.  “Countering ‘What God Thought and the Neighbors Said’: Alternative Gender Possibility and Becoming-Animal in Harriette Arnow’s Hunter’s Horn” [1949].  Journal of Appalachian Studies 21, no. 1 (Spring): 21-32.  Reads Arnow’s “novel of the Kentucky hills through a lens of twenty-first- century queer theory and post-structuralism.”

Hood, Mary.  2015.  Seam Busters: A Novella.  Story River Books series.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.  92 pp.  Interlaced lives of a disparate group of women workers in a Georgia cotton mill.

hooks, bell.  2013.  “bell hooks” [interview].  Still: The Journal, no. 11 (Winter).  1,092 words.

Hooper, Kay.  2013.  Hostage [fiction].  New York: Berkley Books.  306 pp.  Crime suspense; survival; Tenn. mountains.

Horstman, Lisa.  2009.  Squawking Matilda.  Tarrytown, N.Y.: Marshall Cavendish Children.  18 pp.  Children’s picture book:  “Mae likes starting projects but never seems to finish them, and so when Aunt Susan asks her to take care of a feisty chicken Mae is soon distracted, then must find a way to make up for her neglect before Aunt Susan’s visit.”

Houchin, Ron.  2013.  “Interview with Ron Houchin.”  Still: The Journal, no. 13 (Fall).  4,464 words.  “Poet Ron Houchin has just released his seventh full-length collection of poems from LSU Press’ Southern Messenger Series. The Man Who Saws Us in Half  is now part of one of the most distinguished poetry series in America.”  Post Script: Houchin “ruminates” on his previous six collections of poetry.

Houchin, Ron.  2013.  The Man Who Saws Us in Half: Poems.  Southern Messenger Poets series. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.  71 pp.  Weatherford Award winner for poetry.

Houchin, Ron.  2013.  The Quiet Jars: New and Selected Poems.  Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Poetry.  103 pp.  Seventy poems; Ohio River settings.
Houchin, Ron.  2014.  “Hillbilly Mordor: Huntington, West Virginia” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 16 (Fall).  2,950 words.  “It takes real courage to live in an area like this one. Writers, painters, actors, artisans, musicians, and inventors live in every neighborhood and along every holler on both sides of the river.”

Houchin, Ron.  2016.  “The Love of Other Worlds.”  Still: The Journal, no. 21 (Summer).  942 words.  Still Life occasional feature.  Short essay about “the sense of the poetic that dwells in us.”

House, Silas, and Marianne Worthington, ed.  2014.  “A Farewell Tribute.”  Still: The Journal, no. 14 (Winter).  267 words.  Tribute to Jason Howard, one of the three editors of Still: The Journal, who helped “guide us through the first 13 issues” and is leaving to become the new editor of Appalachian Heritage.

House, Silas.  2013.  “Tell Their Secrets” [op-ed].  New York Times, 13 July, 12(SR).  1,228 words.  Writerly advice from a novelist.  “Characters are what make us love fiction....characters who resonate because they epitomize our own hopes and struggles and stories.”

House, Silas.  2014.  “Afterword.”  In Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, ed. M. Grubbs and M. Miller, 221-228.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

Howell, Rebecca Gayle.  2013.  Render: An Apocalypse [23 poems].  Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland State University Poetry Center.  31 pages.

Howell, Rebecca Gayle.  2016.  “Interview with Rebecca Gayle Howell.”  By Silas House.  Still: The Journal, no. 20 (Winter).  1,935 words.  Howell is author of the book of poetry, Render / An Apocalypse (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013).  This conversation is a condensed transcript of an interview on House’s radio show, Hillbilly Solid (

Huddle, David.  2013.  Featured Author, Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 3 (Summer): 13-63.  Articles about, with poetry and essays by, Huddle who was raised in Ivanhoe, Wythe County, Virginia.

Huddle, David.  2013.  “Putrid and Sublime.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 3 (Summer): 28-33.  Creative nonfiction “confessional” essay on “the way human beings make and respond to art.”  See: “Also,” 62-63.  Huddle is Featured Author of this issue.

Huddle, David.  2015.  Dream Sender: Poems.  Southern Messenger Poets series.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.  76 pp.

Hutchinson, Corinne, and Grant Armstrong.  2014.  “The Syntax and Semantics of Personal Datives in Appalachian English.”  Chap. 6 in Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English, ed. R. Zanuttini and L. Horn, 178-214.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Hutton, Stacie Vaughn.  2013.  Shovelful of Sunshine [children’s literature].  Illustrated by Cheryl Harness, with a foreword by Landau Eugene Murphy.  Terra Alta, W. Va.: Headline Books.  32 pp.  A young girl’s father helps her cope with his job as a miner, reassuring her that good things can happen no matter how frightening life can be.

James, Eric.  2015.  A Halloween Scare in West Virginia [children’s literature].  Illustrated by Marina Le Ray.  Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.  32 pp.

James, Sonja.  2013.  Calling Old Ghosts to Supper [poetry chapbook].  Georgetown, Ky.: Finishing Line Press.  27 pp.

Jenkins, Christopher.  2015.  “One Drive, Two Deaths in Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God” [1973].  Cormac McCarthy Journal 13, no. 1: 86-99.

Jensen, Tia.  2014.  “Pennies from Heaven” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 15 (Summer).  737 words.  “On my wedding day, my dying mother-in-law asked me to help her style the last three hairs she had left on her head...I succeeded in only helping her with one.”

Johnson, Don.  2014.  More than Heavy Rain [poems].  Huntsville: Texas Review Press.  79 pp.  Mostly set in Tenn., plus W. Va. of the author’s youth.

Johnson, Eugene, and Jason Sizemore, ed.  2013.  Appalachian Undead: A Zombie Anthology. Lexington, Ky.: Apex Publications.  196 pp.  Collection of twenty tales.

Johnson, Fenton.  [1989] 2016.  Crossing the River: A Novel.  Rpt. ed., with a foreword by Silas House and a new afterword by the author.  Kentucky Voices series.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  214 pp.

Johnson, Fenton.  [1993] 2016.  Scissors, Paper, Rock: A Novel [LGBTQ; AIDS].  Rpt. ed., with a foreword by Pam Houston and a new afterword by the author.  Kentucky Voices series.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  226 pp.

Johnson, Fenton.  2015.  “Going It Alone: The Dignity and Challenge of Solitude” [as an author].  Harper’s Magazine (April): 31-40.

Johnson, Fenton.  2015.  “Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life of Solitude.”  Interview by Terry Gross.  Fresh Air, 12 March.  NPR radio.  Transcript, 3,313 words; podcast, 20:14 min.

Johnson, Fenton.  2016.  The Man Who Loved Birds: A Novel.  Kentucky Voices series.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  318 pp.  “...a seamless, haunting fable exploring the eternal conflicts between free will and destiny, politics and nature, the power of law and the power of love.”

Johnson, Julia Campbell.  2016.  “Crossing Over” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 20 (Winter).  6,230 words.  “When I took my first drink at fifteen, I realized that drinking made it possible for me to do things I couldn’t do otherwise.”

Johnson, Lee Clay.  2016.  Nitro Mountain: A Novel.  New York: Knopf.  207 pp.  “Set in a bitterly benighted, mine-polluted corner of Virginia, Nitro Mountain follows a group of people bound together by alcohol, small-time crime and music .... The bright if battered soul who pulls us through this story is Jennifer, a vulnerable yet strong woman struggling heroically to survive the endemic hopelessness and violence that have surrounded her since birth.”

Johnstone, Barbara.  2013.  Speaking Pittsburghese: The Story of a Dialect.  Oxford Studies in Sociolinguists series.  New York: Oxford University Press.  320 pp.

Jones, Holly Goddard.  2013.  The Next Time You See Me: A Novel [Ky.; murder mystery].  New York: Touchstone.  372 pp.

Jones, Parneshia.  2015.  Vessel: Poems.  Minneapolis, Minn.: Milkweed Editions.  97 pp.  Jones is a member of the Affrilachian Poets.

Jones, Shauna Hambrick.  2015.  “Hands” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 19 (Fall).  2,148 words.  “All hands are capable of violence and of tenderness. All hands hold power .... Pa-Paw’s hands. At twelve years old, he worked hard labor delivering supplies to the men outside the coal mine in Fayette County, hand-rolled cigarettes and whiskey bottles.”

Josyph, Peter.  2013.  Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy without Walls.  Southwestern Writers Collection series.  Austin: University of Texas Press.  292 pp.

Joy, David.  2015.  “The Man Who’s Drawing My Next Tattoo: An Interview with Robert Gipe.”  Revolution John, 24 February.  3,569 words.  Gipe is the author of Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel (Ohio University Press, 2015).

Joy, David.  2015.  “David Joy.”  Interview by Jason Howard.  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 1 (Winter): 51-61.  Joy is author of the acclaimed debut novel, Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam’s, 2015).

Joy, David.  2015.  Where All Light Tends to Go [debut, “noir” fiction].  New York: Putnam’s.  260 pp.  “The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina...that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings.”
Judd, Kirk.  2014.  My People Was Music [poems; W. Va.].  Charleston, W. Va.: Mountain State Press. 120 pp., plus audio CD (spoken word accompanied by old time music).

Kabak, Baris, and Kirsten Meemann.  2013.  “The Role of Positive vs. Negative Evidence in Learning a Novel Dialect Pattern: American English Speakers’ Grammatical Intuitions on A-Prefixing in Appalachian English.”  Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 61, no. 3: 287–306.  “...we measured gradient grammatical intuitions of 41 Appalachian English and 36 native speakers of American English.”

Karelis, Cindy.  2013.  “Remembering Karl Dewey Meyers: West Virginia’s First Poet Laureate” [served 1927-1937].  Goldenseal: West Virginia Traditional Life 39, no. 4 (Winter): 42-47.  Meyers (1899-1951) “was a severely disabled gentleman whose tiny, misshapen body had to be carried from place to place....Yet Karl Dewey Meyers soared as a poet and was viewed as a leader by the other young men of Tucker County.”  Sidebar: “West Virginia’s Poets Laureate.”

Keller, Julia.  2013.  Bitter River [fiction; W. Va.].  Bell Elkins series, no. 2.  New York: Minotaur Books.  386 pp.  Murder mystery; teenage girl.

Keller, Julia.  2014.  Summer of the Dead [fiction; W. Va.].  Bell Elkins series, no. 3.  New York: Minotaur Books.  354 pp.  Woman private investigator; murder mystery.

Kelly, Angela.  2013.  Voodoo for the Other Woman: Poems.  Spartanburg, S.C.: Hub City Press.  67 pp.  “...a narrator offers glimpses of her parents hardscrabble marriage in the Appalachia of the 1960s, her own coming of age in the 1970s, and her young marriage and its subsequent unraveling in the 1980s.”

Kendrick, Leatha.  2014.  Almanac of the Invisible: Poems.  Drawings by Arwen Donahue.  Monterey, Ky.: Larkspur Press.  52 pp.  Handset, limited edition.

Kendrick, Leatha.  2015.  “Looking for Effie” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 4 (Fall): 90-116.  Black poet Effie Waller Smith, born 1879 in Pike County, was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame in 2015.

Kingsolver, Barbara.  2013.  “Interview Excerpt with Barbara Kingsolver.”  Still: The Journal, no. 13 (Fall).  1,317 words.  Excerpt from Silas Houses’s radio show, Hillbilly Solid (

Kingsolver, Barbara.  2014.  Interview [featured author], by Crystal Wilkinson.  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 4 (Fall): 38-47.

Kingsolver, Barbara.  2014.  “Riding the Elephant” [craft essay].  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 4 (Fall): 32-37.  Creative nonfiction; Kingsolver is Featured Author in this issue; “This is an extract from a journal I kept while I traveled through South Asia some years ago on a writing assignment.”
Kingsolver, Barbara.  2014.  Featured Author, Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 4 (Fall): 9-47.  Creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and a craft essay by the author, plus an interview by Crystal Wilkinson.

Knight, Alfred C.  2014.  Wing Toward the Stars: A Classical Violinist’s Involuntary Journey to an Appalachian Coal Community Releases Him from the Weight of His Past, and Lets Him Discover the Well-Spring of Music.  [No location]: Alfred C. Knight.  104 pp.  “Niccolo Paganini, violinist/composer in 1830’s royalist Italy....cuts a dashing figure as he bedazzles audiences, yet callously connects with individuals in his private life. At death he is hurled through space and time to a bleak West Virginia Depression-era coal mining community. In this Dante-esque purgatory, he moves from the grim world of the mines, out onto the various levels of an alien world, encountering a kaleidoscope of people, including sinners and saints, and a culture of fiddle music.”

Knight, E. E.  2013.  Appalachian Overthrow: A Novel of the Vampire Earth [science fiction/horror/”Coal Country”].  New York: ROC.  339 pp.  “Welcome to the year 2073. Earth is under new management.”

Knopp, Leon W.  2014.  Untanglin’ Barbwire [fiction].  Mustang, Okla.: Tate Publishing. 124 pp.  West Virginia boy’s “tough and challenging” coming-of-age accounts; 1940s-50s.

Kraus, Cecele Allen.  2016.  “Pentecostal Blues” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 21 (Summer).  1,177 words.  “I’ve wondered how the Pentecostal constraints and the strictures of a government community shaped us.”

Lane, John.  2015.  Fate Moreland’s Widow: A Novel [mill towns; hill people; S.C., N.C.].  Foreword by Wiley Cash.  Story River Books series.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.  181 pp.  “On a placid Blue Ridge mountain lake on Labor Day Weekend in 1935, three locals drown while sightseeing in an overloaded boat, and the cotton mill scion who owns the lake is indicted for their murders. Decades later Ben Crocker--reluctant participant in the aftermath of this long-forgotten tragedy--is drawn once more into the morally ambiguous world of mill fortunes and foothills justice.”

Lang, John.  2014.  Understanding Ron Rash.  Understanding Contemporary American Literature series.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.  147 pp.  Examines Rash’s fourteen books of poetry and fiction (through 2013); includes a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Lang, John.  2016.  “Nature and Spirituality in Contemporary Appalachian Poetry.”  Chap. 19 in The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South, ed. F. Hobson and B. Ladd, 363-378. New York: Oxford University Press.

Langston, Erica.  2014.  “Landfall” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 4 (Fall): 108-115.

Lanier, R. Parks, Jr.  2013.  “Appalachian Poetry: A Field Guide for Teachers [including an 11-page bibliography of poets/titles].  Chap. 11 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 189-212.  Athens: Ohio University Press.  Contents: Where does one read the work of Appalachian poets and find commentary about them? | What are some distinguishing characteristics of Appalachian Poetry? | Where might teachers focus their attention? | Where else might a teacher and student look for interesting Appalachian poetry? | What poets emerged after publication of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, or were overlooked? | References / Teaching Resource List [bibliography].

Lanier, Parks.  2014.  Appalachian Georgics and Collected Poems.  Clifton Forge, Va.: Mountain Empire Books.  70 pp.

Laskas, Gretchen Moran.  2013.  “Gretchen Moran Laskas, August 1, 2012 Interview.”  By David O. Hoffman, Megan Shelton, and Tim Leonard.  In Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Gretchen Moran Laskas, Vol. V, ed. S. Shurbutt, 22-31.  Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Shepherd University.

Lebbon, Tim.  2014.  Coldbrook [horror fiction; post-apocalyptic].  London: Titan Books.  509 pp.  “Coldbrook is a secret laboratory located deep in Appalachian Mountains .... With their breakthrough comes disease and now it is out and ravaging the human population .... The only hope is a uninfected person amongst the billions dead.”

Lepp, Bil.  2013.  The King of Little Things [children’s fiction].  Illustrated by David Wenzel.  Atlanta: Peachtree.  32 pp.  “When King Normous decides to become king of the whole world, the King of Little Things--and his subjects--must find a way to outsmart Normous and keep their little kingdom safe.”  Lepp is a five-time winner of the West Virginia State Liars Contest.

Lilly, Jessica, and Roxy Todd.  2015.  “Six Different Ways to Say It: ‘Ap-pal-atch-un’ vs ‘Ap-pal-ay-shun’” [podcast].  Inside Appalachia, series.  West Virginia Public Broadcasting, 6 November.  52:31 min.  References six different ways to pronounce Appalachia, Appalchian Code Switching, and WVU professor Kirk Hazen’s West Virginia Dialect project.

Livers, Paulette.  2014.  Cementville: A Novel [historical fiction; 1969].  Berkeley, Calif.: Counterpoint Press.  275 pp.  “Favorite sons in small-town Kentucky join the National Guard in order to avoid being sent to combat in Vietnam. They are sent anyway, and are part of the casualties who are delivered back to their hometown along with POW Lieutenant Harlan O’Brien. But the overwhelming grief, even as one hero is being celebrated, cripples the town’s faith and gives more impact to the way war divides and alienates a society.”

Locklear, Erica Abrams.  2013.  “Building Bridges with Ron Rash’s The World Made Straight: Results from One University and High School Partnership.”  Chap. 4 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 69-81.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

Locklear, Erica Abrams.  2014.  “Mountain Fatalism in Wiley Cash’s: A Land More Kind Than Home” [William Morrow, 2012].  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 3 (Summer): 110-121.
Long, Laura.  2014.  Out of Peel Tree [fiction].  Morgantown, W. Va.: Vandalia Press.  148 pp.  “Tells the story of three generations of West Virginia women.”

Lough, Whitney.  2013.  Smoke Hole Adventure [children’s literature].  Illustrated by Jeff Cosner.  Parsons, W. Va.: McClain Printing.  36 pp.  Story of the author’s trip to Smoke Hole Caverns, a “show cave” in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle.

Loving, Denton, ed.  2014.  Motif: Seeking Its Own Level, an Anthology of Writings About Water.  MOTIF Anthology Series, no. 4.  Louisville, Ky.: MotesBooks.  147 pp.

Loy, Eric C.  2014.  “Savage Garden: Edenic Motif and the Paradox of Civilization in Child of God [1973].  Cormac McCarthy Journal 12: 55-68.

Lyon, George Ella.  2013.  Many-Storied House: Poems.  Kentucky Voices series.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  121 pp.  Memories of the author’s family home over 68 years in eastern Kentucky.

Lyon, George Ella.  2014.  What Forest Knows [children’s picture book].  Illustrated by August Hall.  New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.  37 pp.  “Follows the changing seasons in a forest as trees and animals are nourished and are dependent on each other.”  Lyon is the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Kentucky (2015).

Lyon, George Ella.  2014.  “Living in the River of Words: Rejection and Acceptance.”  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 3 (Summer): 81-92.  “Craft essay” on having one’s work rejected.

Madden, David.   2014.  The Last Bizarre Tale: Stories.  Edited with an Introduction by James A. Perkins.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.  256 pp.  Contents: A piece of the sky | She’s always had a will of her own | Lights | Who killed Harpo Marx? | James Agee never lived in this house | A secondary character | Hurry up please it’s time | The singer | A human interest death | The master’s thesis | Over the cliff | By way of introduction | Seven frozen starlings | Second look presents: the rape of an Indian brave | The retriever | A walk with Thomas Jefferson at Poplar Forest | A demon in my view | Wanted: ghost writer | Lying in wait | The headless girl’s mother | The last bizarre tale.

Malady, Matthew J.X.  2014.  “Where Yinz At: Why Pennsylvania Is the Most Linguistically Rich State in the Country.”  Slate Magazine, 29 April.  2,555 words.  Pittsburgh and Philadelphia dialects.

Malfi, Ronald Damien.  2013.  Cradle Lake [horror fiction; N.C.; Great Smoky Mountains].  Aurora, Ill.: Medallion Press.  361 pp.

Manilla, Marie.  2014.  The Patron Saint of Ugly [fiction; psychic ability].  New York: Mariner Books.  334 pp.  Weatherford Award winner for fiction.  “Born in Sweetwater, West Virginia, with a mop of flaming red hair and a map of the world rendered in port-wine stains on every surface of her body, Garnet Ferrari....learns that the line between reality and myth is always blurred, and that the aspects of ourselves we are most ashamed of can prove to be the source of our greatest strength, and even our salvation.”

Mann, Jeff.  2013.  A Romantic Mann.  Maple Shade, N.J.: Lethe Press.  123 pp.  Love poems by an author described as the “gay epic poet of our age.”

Mann, Jeff.  2013.  “The Feast Hall, the Arsenal, and the Mirror: Teaching Literature to Students at Risk.”  Chap. 5 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 83-94.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

Mann, Jeff.  2014.  Cub [fiction].  Maple Shade, N.J.: Bear Bones Books.  215 pp.  Negotiating gay identity in rural 1990s W. Va..

Manning, Maurice.  2013.  “Bitter, Sweet Transcendence: An Interview with Maurice Manning.”  By Susan Swartwout.  Southern Quarterly 50, no. 2 (Winter): 123-134.  Topics include: Kentucky landscape; mountaintop removal; folk music; and the Romantic poets.

Manning, Maurice.  2013.  The Gone and the Going Away: Poems.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  95 pp.

Manning, Maurice.  2016.  “Bless Its Heart: The Irony of Appalachian Literature” [craft essay].  Appalachian Heritage 44, no. 1 (Winter): 61-81.  “This is the final, twinkling irony of Appalachian Literature: we have a viable literature in spite of the limits of our region, and despite the doubts and judgments of the literary establishment.”

Mannon, Ethan.  2014.  “Leisure and Technology in Port William: Wendell Berry’s Revelatory Fiction” [Jayber Crow; Counterpoint, 2000].  Mississippi Quarterly 67, no. 2 (Spring): 171-192.

Marion, Jeff Daniel.  2013.  Letters to the Dead: A Memoir [poems].  Nicholasville, Ky.: Wind.  101 pp.

Marion, Jeff Daniel.  2016.  “Interview with Jeff Daniel Marion.”  Still: The Journal, no. 21 (Summer).  1,243 words.  Marion comments on the new book, Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Holston (University of Tennessee Press, 2016).  See also a book review by Bethann Bowman in this issue.

Marion, Linda Parsons.  2016.  This Shaky Earth: Poems [Tenn.].  Huntsville: Texas Review Press.  73 pp.  Her fourth poetry collection.

Martin, Michael S.  2015.  “Picturesque America Comes to Appalachia: David Hunter Strother, Henry Colton, and the Visionary Traveler of the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Appalachian Expedition Narrative.”  South Atlantic Review 80, no. 1-2: 62-81.

Martin, T. Michael.  2013.  The End Games [horror fiction; young adults].  New York: Balzer + Bray.  369 pp.  “In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.”

Maslin, Janet.  2013.  “Be Careful of the Locals: They’re Tough.”  New York Times, 28 February, 1(C).  970 words.  Review of Ron Rash’s short story collection, Nothing Gold Can Stay (Ecco, 2013).

Maslin, Janet.  2014.  “Chained to the Verities of Hunger and Heartbreak.”  New York Times, 20, November, 1(C).  1,019 words.  Review of Ron Rash’s new anthology, Something Rich and Strange (Ecco, 2014).

Massie, Elizabeth.  2013.  Desper Hollow [horror fiction; zombies].  Lexington, Ky.: Apex Publications.  210 pp.

May, James Davis.  2016.  Unquiet Things: Poems [north Ga.].  Goat Island Poets series.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.  92 pp.

McCarroll, Meredith.  2016.  “On and On: Appalachian Accent and Academic Power.”  Southern Cultures 22, no. 2 (Summer): 44-48.

McClanahan, Scott.  2013.  Crapalachia: A Biography of Place [Danese, W. Va.; coming-of-age].  Columbus, Oh.: Two Dollar Radio.  169 pp.  “Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.”  Reviewers have compared McClanahan’s writing to the storytelling of Larry Brown, Harry Crews and Charles Bukowski; “blue collar fiction.”

McClanahan, Scott.  2013.  Hill William [fiction].  New York: Tyrant Books.  222 pp.  Colorful coming-of-age stories in rural West Virginia.

McClure, Holly.  2015.  Conjuror: A Novel.  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  309 pp.  “Within the tightly knit Cherokee community in the Smoky Mountains, a secret society of Snake Dancers is led by a group of elders, four of whom guard an artifact of incredible power.”

McCoy, Tessa.  2016.  “A Queen in My Blue Jeans” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 44, no. 1 (Winter): 85-92.

McCrumb, Sharyn.  2013.  King’s Mountain: A Ballad Novel [historical fiction].  New York: Thomas Dunne.  326 pp.  “...saga of the Carolina Overmountain Men--the militia organized by Sevier (who would later become the first governor of Tennessee) and their victory in 1780 against the Tories in a battle that Thomas Jefferson later called, ‘The turning point of the American Revolution’.”

McCrumb, Sharyn.  2014.  Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past.  Ballad Novel series.  Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon Press.  157 pp.  “When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when the new owners decide to stay in their summer home through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.”

McCrumb, Sharyn.  2016.  Prayers the Devil Answers: A Novel [mystery; Tenn.].  New York: Atria Books. 341 pp.  “...explores the ties between a reluctant female sheriff and a condemned man in this stunning...Depression-era novel.”

McElmurray, Karen Salyer.  2014.  “Looking Inside.”  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 2 (Spring): 85-102.  “Craft essay” on the art of writing memoir, both as fiction and creative nonfiction.

McElmurray, Karen Salyer.  2015.  “Let Evening Come” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 3 (Summer): 50-53.

McElmurray, Karen Salyer.  2016.  “Interview with Karen Salyer McElmurray.”  By Julie Marie Wade.  The Rumpus, 5 February.  3,432 words.

McFee, Michael.  2013.  “My Inner Hillbilly.”  Southern Cultures 19, no. 2 (Summer): 52-65.  Essay on the social meaning of the word hillbilly.  “I know there’s a clear distinction between the terms ‘mountaineer’ and ‘hillbilly.’ The former is more accurate and positive...the latter is exaggerated, negative, even offensive....But I’m a poet, and—despite the ludicrous stereotypes—I can’t help liking the word itself and what it does.”

Mcfee, Michael.  2016.  “Skillet Laureate.”  Illustrations by Philip McFee.  Southern Cultures 22, no. 2 (Summer): 88-104.  McFee relates his challenges creating a poem commissioned for a Southern Foodways Alliance conference.  The poem, “Cast-Iron Skillet,” is included.

McIntyre, Brittany.  2015.  “Fueled” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 17 (Winter).  2,825 words.  “Nanny’s kitchen has provided a nexus for our family....My youngest daughter doesn’t eat the food....In our family, no one has ever been a bad eater....My daughter would not grow the way other children grew....In West Virginia.”

McKernan, Llewellyn.  2014.  The Sound of One Tree Falling: New and Selected Poems [1979 to present].  Foreword by Fred Chappell, introduction by Llewellyn McKernan.  Louisville, Ky.: MotesBooks.  108 pp.

McKinney, Irene.  2013.  Have You Had Enough Darkness Yet? [poems].  Afterword by Maggie Anderson.  Parsons, W. Va.: McClain Printing.  84 pp.  This book by West Virginia poet laureate McKinney (1939-2012) was published posthumously.

McLarney, Rose.  2014.  The Always Broken Plates of Mountains [poems; N.C.].  New York: Four Way Books.  70 pp.

McMills, Rose Creasy.  2013.  Mountain Miracle [1950s W. Va.; young adult fiction].  Enumclaw, Wash.: WinePress.  90 pp.

Miles, Celia H.  2013.  Sarranda’s Heart: A Love Story of Place [historical fiction].  Asheville, N.C.: Stone Ivy Press.  314  pp.   Post-Civil War western N.C.; sequel to Sarranda (2006).

Miles, Emma Bell.  2014.  Once I Too Had Wings: The Journals of Emma Bell Miles, 1908-1918 [Walden’s Ridge, Tenn.].  Edited by Steven Cox.  Foreword by  Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt.  Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia.  Athens: Ohio University Press.  352 pp.  “Miles documented the difficulties of mountain life, the plight of women in rural communities, the effect of disparities of class and wealth, and her own struggle with tuberculosis.”  Miles (1879-1919) is author of the nonfiction classic, Spirit of the Mountains (1905).

Miles, Emma Bell.  2016.  The Common Lot and Other Stories: The Published Short Fiction, 1908-1921.  Edited by Grace Toney Edwards.  Athens, Oh.: Swallow Press.  233 pp.  Contents: The common lot | The broken urn | A dark rose | The home-coming of Evelina | Mallard plumage | The dulcimore | The breaks of Caney | Flyaway flittermouse | Three roads and a river | Flower of noon | At the top of Sourwood | Enchanter’s nightshade | Thistle bloom | A dream of the dust | Love o’ man | The white marauder | Turkey luck.  “The seventeen narratives...published in popular magazines across the United States between 1908 and 1921 and collected here for the first time, are driven by Emma Bell Miles’s singular vision of the mountain people of her home in southeastern Tennessee. That vision is shaped by her strong sense of social justice, her naturalist’s sensibility, and her insider’s perspective. Women are at the center of these stories, and Miles deftly works a feminist sensibility .... the pieces collected here provide a particularly acute portrayal of Appalachia in the early twentieth century.”

Miller, Jason Jack.  2013.  The Devil and Preston Black [fiction; W. Va.; guitarist].  Murder Ballads and Whiskey Series.  Bowie, Md.: Raw Dog Screaming Press.  226 pp.

Miller, Jim Wayne.  2014.  Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader [selected poetry, fiction, nonfiction].  Edited by Morris Allen Grubbs and Mary Ellen Miller.  Introduction by Robert Morgan, afterword by Silas House.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  234 pp.  Special Weatherford Award winner.  “An innovative poet, essayist, and short story writer, Miller [1936-1996] was one of the founding fathers and animating spirits of the Appalachian renaissance.”  Contents: Chronology | Introduction | PART 1: POETRY.  Introduction to Part 1 | Miracle and Mystery | Slow Darkness | Family--Love, Marriage, Children | Serious Play | An Anthem for Appalachia | On Writing Poems | Dark to Light | PART 2: FICTION.  From Newfound | From His First, Best Country | Cheap | Yucatan | Truth and Fiction | PART 3: NONFICTION.  Citizens of Somewhere | Living into the Land | Appalachian Literature | In Quest of the Brier | I Had Come to Tell a Story | Photos | Epilogue | Afterword | Acknowledgments | Bibliography.

Mills, Lauren A.  2015.  Minna’s Patchwork Coat [juvenile fiction; W. Va.].  New York: Little, Brown.  268 pp.  “In the poverty of the Appalachian coal country in 1908, eight-year-old Minna’s life gets even more difficult after her father dies of black lung, and that winter she cannot go to school because she does not have a coat--until the quilting mothers make her a coat using pieces of cloth from their own lives, each with a special story behind it.”

Minick, Jim.  2016.  “Birth” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 21 (Summer).  513 words.  “When I was a child, I sometimes stayed over on the family farm...”

Mitchell, Felicia.  2013.  “Startling Morals: Teaching Ecofiction with Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.”  Chap. 10 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 169-185.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

Moore, Tyrel G.  2015.  “Place Identity, Regional Imagery, and Regional Policy: Connections from Nineteenth Century Southern Appalachia.”  Southeastern Geographer 55, no. 1 (Spring): 57-69.  “...19th and early 20th century literary imagery was not only remarkably persistent in the production of narratives about Appalachia’s economic and social development; place identity also was evident in the language of regional planning policies for Appalachia in the mid 1960s.”

Morgan, Robert.  2013.  “Nostalgia May Not Be the Right Word.”  Southern Spaces, 11 December.  Interview by Christopher Lirette.  Six short videos: total time 33:25 min.  Morgan reads four of his poems (Terroir, Backwater, Heaven, and Rear View Mirror) and “discusses the tension between specificity and universality in poetry, his relationship with his home geography in North Carolina, and the milieu of ‘backwater’ poets at Cornell”(where he teaches).   Recommended text and web resources.

Morgan, Robert.  2013.  The Road from Gap Creek: A Novel.  Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.  318 pp.  Sequel to Gap Creek (1999); Depression, WWII-era.

Morgan, Robert.  2014.  “Introduction.”  In Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader,   ed. M. Grubbs and M. Miller, 1-9.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

Morgan, Robert.  2014.  “Bricking the Church.”  Southern Spaces, 11 December.  Video: 1:35 min.  “Robert Morgan reads ‘Bricking the Church’ in Zirconia, North Carolina, at Green River Baptist Church. Morgan’s poem traces the fraught lineage of the church’s architecture, embeddedness, and modernization.”  From Morgan’s book Groundwork (Gnomon Press, 1979).  Recommended text and web resources.

Morgan, Robert.  2015.  Dark Energy [poems].  Penguin Poets series.  New York: Penguin.  “... rooted in his native Blue Ridge Mountains, explores the mysteries and tensions of family and childhood, the splendors and hidden dramas of the natural world, and the agriculture that supports all culture.”

Morgan, Robert.  2016.  Chasing the North Star: A Novel [fugitive slave; 1850].  Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.  308 pp.  “Hiding during the day and running through the night, Jonah must elude the men sent to capture him....There is one person, however, who, once on his trail, never lets him fully out of sight: Angel, herself a slave, yet with a remarkably free spirit.”

Morgan, Robert.  2016.  “Zircon.”  Southern Spaces, 9 February.  Video: 1:13 min.  “Robert Morgan reads the poem ‘Zircon’ in Zirconia, North Carolina, recalling his uncles’ experience of digging the crystalline mineral and pondering its ability to clock the long register of time.”  “Zircon” is from Morgan’s book Dark Energy (Penguin, 2015).  Recommended text, video, and web resources.

Morgan, Wesley G.  2013.  “Suttree’s Dead Acquaintances and McCarthy’s Dead Friends” [Suttree; Random House, 1979].  Cormac McCarthy Journal 11, no. 1: 96-104.

Morley, Gabriel.  2015.  “Small Evils” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 18 (Summer).  1,564 words.  “What is our proximity to violence?”

Morris, Katherine Faw.  2014.  Young God [fiction; N.C.].  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  195 pp.  “A spare, stylized outlaw tale of a thirteen-year-old girl in Appalachia who takes over her father’s drug dealing business - and an explosion of the rules of literary regionalism and moral convention, pitched as Winter’s Bone meets Kill Bill.”

Morris, R. B.  2014.  “Interview with R. B. Morris.”  Still: The Journal, no. 14 (Winter).  6,484 words.  “We invited Knoxville-based musician, writer and cultural activist RB Morris to talk with us about his newest book of poems, The Mockingbird Poems, released in 2013 and lately nominated for a Pushcart Prize” (Knoxville: Rich Mountain Bound).

Mullinax, Maureen.  2013.  Higher Ground [community theatrical productions; Harlan Co., Ky.; review essay].  Journal of Appalachian Studies 19, no. 1-2 (Spring-Fall): 248-251.  Review of Higher Ground, written by Jo Carson, directed by Gerard Stopnicky and Jerry Metheny; Higher Ground 2: Playing with Fire, written by Gerard Sropnicky and Jo Carson, directed by Gerard Sropnicky; and Higher Ground 3: Talking Dirt, written by Linda Parris-Bailey, directed by Robert Martin and Pamela D. Roberts.  “The three Higher Ground scripts are based on hundreds of oral histories gathered by students in Robert Gipe’s Appalachian studies and Roy Silver’s Sociology of Community classes at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, as well as by Harlan County residents who have participated in some aspect of the project .... The music interspersed between the scenes is a mix of traditional gospel hymns, bluegrass tunes, and original songs written by music director Ann Schertz and performer Justin Taylor .... the central narrative of each script eloquently addresses difficult challenges facing rural communities in Central Appalachia such as the prescription drug abuse problem, ...the enabling role that families play in addiction, ...or the forces that keep youth in a community and the forces that push them out.”

Mullins, Carrie.  2016.  Night Garden: A Novel.  Lexington, Ky.: Old Cove Press.  250 pp.  “...describes the journey of seventeen-year-old Marie Massey from youthful innocence to dark levels of human experience. Alienated from her affluent parents in a small Kentucky college town, Marie is drawn into an exotic, ultimately life-threatening world.”
Murphy, C. E. (Catie E.)  2013.  Mountain Echoes [fantasy fiction; Qualla Boudary].  Don Mills, Ontario: Harlequin LUNA.  343 pp.  “Shaman Joanne Walker returns to North Carolina Aidan, the son she left behind long ago. But Aidan has become tainted by an evil reaching forward from the distant past.”

Muth, Beth, Caitlin Stayrook, and Lauren Uhl.  2015.  Pittsburghese: From Ahrn to Yinz.  Pittsburgh, Pa.: Senator John Heinz History Center.  64 pp.  Pittsburgh dialect glossary.

Narkevic, Don.  2013.  Admissions [poems].  Mineral Bluff, Ga.: FutureCycle Press.  106 pp.  “In 1864, the doors of the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane opened in Weston, West Virginia. Although medical records have not been accessed, titles for the poems in this collection reflect the exact reasons for admission as inscribed in the first logbook used at the hospital from October 22, 1864, to December 12, 1889.”

Nash, Woods.  2013. “‘Like a Caravan of Carnival Folk’: Child of God as Subversive Carnivalesque” [1973].  Cormac McCarthy Journal 11, no. 1: 80-95.

Nash, Woods.  2014.  “Serving a Severe God: The Subversive Theology of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God” [1973].  Appalachian Journal 42, no. 1-2 (Fall 2014-Winter 2015): 64-81.

Nash, Woods.  2014.  “Corman McCarthy’s Twisted Creature: Is Lester Ballard a Child of the Christian God?” [Child of God; 1973].  Appalachian Journal 41, no. 3-4 (Spring-Summer): 334-346

Nash, Woods.  2015.  “News Madder Yet: Sources and Significance of Cormac McCarthy’s Portrayals of a State Psychiatric Hospital in Child of God and Suttree” [1973; and 1979].  Cormac McCarthy Journal 13, no. 1: 72-85.

Neal, Dale.  2013.  The Half-Life of Home: A Novel [family secrets].  Sacramento, Calif.: Casperian Books.  237 pp.  “Long-buried secrets in a small community under threat from a deadly environment.”

Neary, Lynn.  2016.  “‘Heat & Light’ Digs for the Soul of Coal Country” [book review].  All Things Considered, 4 May.  NPR radio.  Transcript, 1,000 words; podcast, 5:26 min.  Interview and review of the new novel Heat and Light (Ecco, 2016) by bestselling author Jennifer Haigh.

Nelson, S. D.  2014.  Digging a Hole to Heaven: Coal Miner Boys [juvenile fiction; Pa.].  New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.  63 pp., including glossary, timeline, and bibliography.  “...through the use of both archival images and his original artwork...Nelson gives voice to the child laborers of our nation’s past and to children today who face poverty, grueling labor, and dangerous work conditions.”

Nestor, Richard.  2015.  Featured Poet, Floyd County Moonshine 7, no. 2 (Summer).  Features six poems by Nestor plus a profile, 76-77.
Neukirch, Rob.  2014.  “Finding My Father” [creative nonfiction].  Floyd County Moonshine 6, no. 1 (Spring): 22-33.

Newberry, Beth.  2015.  “The Curve of the Smoke” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 4 (Fall): 74-78.

Ney, Anne Visser.  2013.  “Thread Like a River of Time” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 13 (Fall).  3,291 words.  “My mother, sister and I left my father’s house six weeks after Christmas.  I took everything I owned — a few treasured books, and beloved gifts my father’s parents had given me over the years.”

Niven, Jennifer.  2014.  American Blonde [historical fiction; 1945].  New York: Plume.  369 pp.  Velva Jean Hart, female air pilot and war heroine.  By the author of Velva Jean Learns to Drive (2009), and Velva Jean Learns to Fly (2011).

Norris, Mike.  2016.  Mommy Goose: Rhymes from the Mountains [children’s book].  Carved illustrations by Minnie Adkins.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  42 pp.

Null, Matthew Neill.  2015.  Honey from the Lion [fiction; W. Va.].  Wilmington, N.C.: Lookout Books.  249 pp.  “In this lyrical and suspenseful debut novel, a turn-of-the-century logging company decimates ten thousand acres of virgin forest in the West Virginia Alleghenies and transforms a brotherhood of timber wolves into revolutionaries.”

Null, Matthew Neill.  2016.  Allegheny Front: Stories [W. Va.].  Louisville, Ky.: Sarabande Books.  192 pp.  “...this panoramic collection of stories traces the people and animals who live in precarious balance in the mountains of Appalachia over a span of two hundred years, in a disappearing rural world.”

Nyden, Paul.  2016.  “A Fictionalized Look at the Battle of Blair Mountain [W. Va., 1921].  Charleston Gazette-Mail, 15 May.  1,602 words, plus podcast (8:03 min.) of interview with author Topper Sherwood.  Book review of Sherwood’s novel, Carla Rising (Appalachian Editions, 2015).

O’Connor, Meriwether.  2014.  Joe Potato’s Real Life Recipes: Tall Tales and Short Stories.  East Dixfield, Me.: Appalachia North.  69 pp.

O’Dell, Tawni.  2014.  One of Us [fiction].  New York: Gallery Books.  295 pp.  Serial killer; forensic psychologist; Pa. anthracite mining town.  O’Dell is the author of four other novels: Back Roads (2000); Coal Run (2004); Sister Mine (2007); and Fragile Beasts (2010).

O’Dell, Tawni.  2016.  Angels Burning [fiction].  New York: Gallery Books.  279 pp.  “On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian countryside where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community. But beneath her badge lies a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen.”

Offutt, Chris.  2011-2012.  “Sex, Rocks, and Taxidermy: A Conversation with Chris Offutt.”  Interview by Alex Dezen.  Iowa Review 41, no. 3 (Winter): 117-127.

Offutt, Chris.  2013.  “An Interview with Chris Offutt.”  River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative 15, no. 1 (Fall): 49-55.

Offutt, Chris.  2016.  “‘It was like an overdose of porn’: Chris Offutt Reflects on Writing About His Family’s Big Secret, after His Father’s Death.”  Interview by Silas House.  Salon, 11 March.  3,067 words.  Offutt’s new book is My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir (Atria Books, 2016).

Ollis, Ken.  2013.  How Blue Are the Ridges: A Novel [N.C.].  Bloomington, Ind.: iUniverse.  593 pp.  “During the Great Depression, Walter Stamey, a veteran of World War I, works his way into the moonshine business....and now he has to contend with the Chicago Mafia.”

Orth, Ghita.  2013.  “Stopping by the Classroom: Teaching David Huddle’s Poetry.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 3 (Summer): 35-40.  Huddle is Featured Author of this issue.

Palencia, Elaine Fowler.  2015.  Going Places [poems].  Lexington, Ky.: FutureCycle Press.  40 pp.  In her third poetry chapbook, Palencia “continues to explore the themes of her two collections of Appalachian fiction: identity rooted in place and family, exile and return, childhood, and lost Edens.”  Palencia is the author of Small Caucasian Woman: Stories (1993), and Brier Country: Stories from Blue Valley (2000), both published by University of Missouri Press.

Pancake, Ann.  2015.  Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley: Novellas & Stories [W. Va.].  Berkeley, Calif.: Counterpoint.  291 pp.  Contents: In such light | Mouseskull | Arsonists | Dog song | Coop | The following | Said | Sugar’s up | Rockhounds | Sab | Me and my daddy listen to Bob Marley.  This follow-up collection to the author’s 2007 novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been, “explores poverty, class, environmental breakdown and social collapse while also affirming the world’s sacredness. Ann Pancake’s ear for the Appalachian dialect is both pitch-perfect and respectful.”

Panowich, Brian.  2015.  Bull Mountain [mystery fiction; Ga.].  New York: Putnam’s.  290 pp.  Sheriffs, outlaws, drug trafficking, brother against brother, “...a multigenerational saga of crime, family, and vengeance.”

Patterson, Laura Sloan.  2013.  “‘You Have Even Been to Lady School’: Pierre Bourdieu, Lee Smith, and New Gender Theory for Southern Literature.”  Mississippi Quarterly 66, no. 1 (Winter): 51-77.

Pendarvis, Edwina.  2014.  “Literary Feuds in Appalachia.”  Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine 30, no. 1 (Summer): 13-15.  Pendarvis, book review editor for Now & Then, offers an overview of: Southern Appalachian writers being criticized from outside the region (Charles Wright, N. Brent Kennedy, Darlene Wilson); spirited attacks against books by non-Appalachians (Deliverance, The Kentucky Cycle, Everything In Its Path, Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes); and quarrels among Appalachian writers, themselves (Sargeant York, Don West, Jesse Stuart, John Alexander Williams, Pinckney Benedict, Cormac McCarthy, Barbara Rasmussen, Gina Herring, Danny Miller, Victor Depta, Richard Hague, Chris Offutt, John Inscoe, George Brosi, Bob Snyder).  “As a region, our literary credentials are better established now than ever before, partly because we’ve called outsiders and each other to task when so moved.”

Pendarvis, Edwina.  2014.  “Dream Worlds” [Pearl Buck].  Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine 28, no. 2 (Winter): 13-15.  The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation in Hillsboro, Pocahontas Co., W. Va., fulfulled Buck’s wishes in developing learning activities that connected Marlinton Middle School students with students in Shanghai, China, and Morocco.

Pendarvis, Edwina D.  2015.  Ghost Dance Poems.  Frankfort, Ky.: Blair Mountain Press.  103 pp.

Pennington, Lee.  2016.  Appalachian Newground [poetry, short stories].  [No location]: Winchester Cottage Print.  200 pp.  Pennington was named Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 1984.

Phillips, Jayne Anne.  2013.  Quiet Dell: A Novel [W. Va.; murder mystery].  New York: Scribner.  480 pp.  Based on 1930s serial killings “by a con man who preyed on widows.”

Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel: Contemporary Appalachian Writing, No. 16: “Apocalachia: Apoclypse in Appalachia” [environmental degradation theme].  2013.  Ed. Pauletta Hansel, Michael Henson, and Sherry Cook Stanforth.  Published by the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative, in cooperation with Wind Publications (Nicholasville, Ky.).  131 pp.  Poetry and short stories by 51 writers.

Pipes, William Roy.  2014.  Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Your House Is on Fire.  Ramsgate, Kent, United Kingdom: Ecanus Publishing.  286 pp.  “...murder mystery involving a three year old boy, ...witness to the murders of his a gang out of Mexico....The novel begins in 1940 in the western North Carolina mountains.”

Poland, Tim.  2014.  Featured Author, Floyd County Moonshine 6, no. 2 (Fall).  A poem and three short fiction pieces by Poland: “The Ferry, the Weir, the River,” 15-16; “Something in Common,” 2-8; “The Bear Sleeps,” 44-48; “The Ferryman,” 75-82; plus reviews of his books, The Safety of Deeper Water (Vandalia Press, 2008) by Judy Stout, 83-84; and Escapee: Stories (AmErica House, 2001) by Aaron Lee Moore, 85-86.

Pollock, Donald Ray.  2016.  The Heavenly Table: A Novel.  New York: Doubleday.  365 pp.  “In the gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers.”

Post, Melville Davisson.  [1918] 2015.  Uncle Abner, Master of Mysteries [stories].  Introduction by Craig Johnson.  West Virginia Classics series.  Morgantown: West Virginia University Press.  247 pp.  Originally published: New York: D. Appleton.  “The popular stories within this collection were serialized in national magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post in the early 20th century. Uncle Abner is an amateur detective in [present-day] Harrison County, West Virginia.”

Powell, Mark.  2014.  The Sheltering: A Novel.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.  305 pp.  Powell’s fourth novel is set beyond the bounds of Appalachia.

Prince, Jennifer S.  2016.  The Life and Times of Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe.  Raleigh: North Carolina Office of Archives and History.  114 pp.  For a young adult audience.

Quatro, Jamie.  2013.  I Want to Show You More: Stories [Lookout Mountain, Ga.; Tenn.].  New York: Grove Press.  206 pp.  Collection of fifteen stories “offers a disquieting portrait of infidelity, faith, and family.”

Quillen, Rita Sims.  2014.  Hiding Ezra [fiction].  Johnson City, Tenn.: Jan-Carol Publishing.  206 pp.  “Set during World War I in southwest Virginia, Hiding Ezra is the story of a simple farmer, Ezra Teague, who is forced to choose between fighting for his country and taking care of his family.”

Quillen, Rita Sims.  2014.  Something Solid to Anchor To [poetry chapbook].  Georgetown, Ky.: Finishing Line Press.  22 pp.  Contents: Something in that winter light | First memory | Something solid to anchor to | Maybe tragedy is too strong a word | Witness | Turnips on the table | Taking inventory: his hammer | Graveyard tree | First Christmas | Tree gothic | Sugar-n-spice, etc. | Waking up to life | Spring meditation of the mad farmer’s wife | Writing motherhood | Listening to my daughter on the radio | Two ekphrastic poems | Photograph of a footwashing in Kentucky | Photograph of my mother-age 10 | My grandfather photographs his son, 1937.

Rakovan, Jacob.  2013.  The Devil’s Radio [poetry].  Portland, Ore.: Small Doggies Press.  72 pp.

Rash, Ron.  [1994] 2015.  The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina.  Twentieth anniversary ed.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.  145 pp.  Contents: Badeye | The night the new Jesus fell to earth | Love and pain | Yard of the month | Raising the dead | Between the states | Notes from beyond the pale | Redfish, possums, and the new South | Judgment day | My father’s Cadillacs.

Rash, Ron.  2013.  Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories.  New York: Ecco.  239 pp.  Fourteen stories set in Appalachia “spanning the Civil War to the present day.”

Rash, Ron.  2014.  Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories.  New York: Ecco.  434 pp.  Thirty-four stories, previously published.  Contents: Hard times | Three a.m. and the stars were out | The ascent | Night hawks | The trusty | Back of beyond | Lincolnites | Into the gorge | Return | Waiting for the end of the world | Burning bright | The woman who believed in jaguars | Where the map ends | Those who are dead are only now forgiven | Their ancient, glittering eyes | Falling star | The magic bus | Something rich and strange | The dowry | A sort of miracle | The corpse bird | Dead confederates | The woman at the pond | A servant of history | Twenty-six days | Last rite | Blackberries in June | Chemistry | The night the new Jesus fell to earth | The harvest | Badeye | Love and pain in the New South | Shiloh | Outlaws.

Rash, Ron.  2014.  The Ron Rash Reader.  Edited by Randall Wilhelm.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.  416 pp.  Collection of more than sixty of the author’s writings, arranged chronologically and by genre: short stories, poetry, novel excerpts, nonfiction, plus five uncollected stories.

Rash, Ron.  2015.  Above the Waterfall [fiction; N.C.].  New York: Ecco.  252 pp.  “Les, a longtime sheriff, is just weeks from retirement when he is forced to contend with the ravages of crystal meth—and his own corruption—in his small Appalachian town. Meanwhile, Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing past, finds solace amid the lyrical beauty of the North Carolina mountains.”

Rikard, Gabe.  2013.  Authority and the Mountaineer in Cormac McCarthy’s Appalachia.  Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland.  248 pp.  “The author explains how the iconic image of the mountaineer--a notion cultivated by fiction writers, benevolent organizations, and academics--‘othered’ the mountain people as deviants.”  Contents: Introduction: An archeology of authority and Appalachia | Spatializing conduits: The roads of Appalachia | Modernizing discipline: Mill villages, metropolises, and mountaineers | A case of the superlative: Lester Ballard, mountaineers, children of god and men | The construction and maintenance of an icon, or fantasizing the mountaineer | Coda: Atavising the mountaineer: The Road.

Robbins, Mara Eve.  2016.  “I Know This Story by Blood” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 20 (Winter).  5,015 words.  “There was no blood when Cory died....Everything that happened when he died was inside .... I discard the idea that my grief is constructed around the loss of my identity and then I construct an identity related to an entirely different kind of loss.”

Robbins, Sandra.  2013.  Beyond These Hills [Christian fiction].  Smoky Mountain Dreams series, no. 3.  Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House.  313 pp.  Set in 1935 Cades Cove, Tenn., where the government is purchasing family property to establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Roberts, Terry.  2016.  That Bright Land: A Novel.  Nashville, Tenn.: Turner.  322 pp.  “Set in the summer of 1866, ...[this] is the story of Jacob Ballard, a former Union soldier and spy who’s been sent south into the North Carolina mountains to find a serial killer who is carrying out his own private war in an isolated community.”

Rosenberg, Madelyn.  2013.  Canary in the Coal Mine [youth novel; animal fantasy; W. Va.].  New York: Holiday House.  140 pp.  “Tired of his twelve-hour shifts and facing danger daily, Bitty, a canary whose courage more than makes up for his small size, treks to the state capital to try to improve working conditions in coal mines.”

Roth, Stephen.  2014.  A Plot for Pridemore: A Novel [Mo. Ozarks].  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  297 pp.  “The mayor hatches a devious and dangerous plan trap a local man in the bowels of nearby Dragon’s Ice House cavern, start a massive rescue operation, and prompt a media vigil that puts Pridemore on the map for decades to come.”

Rouse, Viki Dasher.  2013.  “A Close Look at Wilma Dykeman’s The Tall Woman in Context” [1962].  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 2 (Spring): 41-47.  “Although she never made these claims for herself, Wilma Dykeman was a feminist, environmentalist, and social activist long before these trends became ‘cool’.”

Rouse, Viki.  2013.  “Artistry and Versatility in Marie Manilla’s Shrapnel and Still Life with Plums” [River City Publishing, 2012; and Vandalia Press, 2010].  Appalachian Journal 40, no. 3-4 (Summer-Spring): 286-293.  Review essay.

Rueda, Carmen.  2014.  “Transience and Change in Appalachia: Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay” [HarperCollins, 2013].  Appalachian Journal 42, no. 1-2 (Fall 2014-Winter 2015): 82-89.  Review essay.

Runyon, Amanda Jo.  2015.  Review of Ann Pancake’s Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley: Novellas and Stories (Counterpoint Press, 2015).  Still: The Journal, no. 19 (Fall).  1,298 words.

Satterwhite, Emily.  2014.  “‘The Longing for Home,’ Appalachian Fiction, and Ron Rash.”  Appalachian Journal 42, no. 1-2 (Fall 2014-Winter 2015): 24-35.  This is a revised version of a lecture delivered at King University, Buechner Institute Lecture Series, September 9, 2013, in Bristol, Va.

Saverin, Diana.  2015.  “The Thoreau of the Suburbs.”  The Atlantic, 5 February.  5,543 words.  “When Annie Dillard wrote Pilgrim at Tinker Creek [1974], she didn’t think anyone would want to read a memoir by a ‘Virginia housewife.’ So she left her domestic life out of the book—and turned her surroundings into a wilderness.”

Saving Annie’s Mountain.  2015.  By the Children of Wind Dance Farm.  [No location]: Cold Run Books.  38 pp.  Children’s picture book.  “A protest in West Virginia coal country takes on new meaning when four children meet someone who witnesses the original 1921 battle for miners’ rights.”

Scafidi, Steve.  2013.  To the Bramble and the Briar: Poems.  Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.  80 pp.

Scafidi, Steve.  2014.  The Cabinetmaker’s Window: Poems.  Southern Messenger Poets series.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.  72 pp.  The author is a cabinet maker living in W. Va.

Schuster, Joseph M.  2013.  “A Richness of Characters: The Fiction of Amy Greene.” Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 4 (Fall): 29-38.  Amy Greene is Featured Author in this issue.  Her two novels are Blood Root (2010), and Long Man (2014).
Scott, James.  2014.  The Kept: A Novel [N.Y.].  New York: HarperCollins.  357 pp.  “After her husband and four of her children are brutally murdered in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell, along with her surviving son, twelve-year-old Caleb, takes on the frozen wilderness to find the men responsible for shattering their family.”

Scotton, Christopher.  2015.  The Secret Wisdom of the Earth [fiction; Ky.].  New York: Grand Central Publishing.  468 pp.  Acclaimed debut, coming-of-age novel; themes of sexual bigotry, mountaintop removal, and murder.  “After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin’s grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.”

Sealy, Jon.  2014.  The Whiskey Baron [mystery fiction].  Spartanburg, S.C.: Hub City Press.  250 pp.  Lauded debut novel set in 1932 South Carolina.

Senehi, Rose.  2014.  Dancing on Rocks [fiction].  Blue Ridge Series.  Chimney Rock, N.C.: K.I.M.  261 pp.  “Returning to Chimney Rock, North Carolina after her mother’s accident, Georgie wonders if she can rekindle her relationship with the man she’s never forgotten despite the secret that drove her away years earlier.”

Shannon, Jeanne.  2016.  Summoning.  Albuquerque: N.M.: Mercury HeartLink.  236 pp.  “A collection of poems and hybrid works that hover at the boundary between poetry and prose .... In the title poem and others, [Shannon] summons recollections of her early life in 1940’s southwestern Virginia, ‘the heart of Appalachia’.”

Sherwood, Topper.  2015.  Carla Rising: A Novel.  Martinsburg, W. Va.: Appalachian Editions.  311 pp.  “Carla Rising finds herself caught between two rival leaders in a workers’ rebellion against the brutal regime of a corrupt county sheriff and the Sovereign Coal Company” in a setting that mirrors the 1920s West Virginia Mine Wars during which thousands of striking miners fought federal troops at the infamous Battle of Blair Mountain.

Shurbutt, Sylvia Bailey.  2013.  “Keeper of the Legends, A West Virginia Storyteller: Getchen Moran Laskas.” In Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Gretchen Moran Laskas, Vol. V, ed. S. Shurbutt, 2-15.  Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Shepherd University.

Shurbutt, S. Bailey.  2014.  “Voices from Affrilachia: The Poetry and Storytelling of Frank X Walker.”  In Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Frank X Walker, Vol. VI, ed. S. Shurbutt, 2-23.  Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Shepherd University.

Sickels, Carter.  2016.  “Aint that Something?”  Review of Robert Gipe’s illustrated novel, Trampoline (Ohio University Press, 2015).  Southern Spaces, 24 May.  2,858 words, including recommended text, web, and film resources.

Singleton, George.  2014.  Between Wrecks: Stories.  Ann Arbor, Mich.: Dzanc Books.  271 pp.  Contents: No shade ever | Traditional development | Which rocks we choose | Operation | Bait | Tongue | Between wrecks | Vulture | The sinkholes of Duval County | Unfortunately, the woman opened her bag and sighed | Jayne Mansfield | Leach Fields | Columbarium | I would be remiss.

Smart, Cheryl.  2015.  “Blue Dinosaur” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 2 (Spring): 107-112.

Smith, Katherine.  2014.  Woman Alone on the Mountain: Poems.  Oak Ridge, Tenn.: Iris Press.  112 pp.  “One of the main themes of the collection is women raising children alone. Many of the poems reflect the beauty of nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

Smith, Larry R., and Charles Dodd White, ed.  2015.  Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia [16 stories].  Working Lives Series.  Huron, Oh.: Bottom Dog Press.  174 pp.  Contents: The wife you wanted / Marie Manilla -- Covered bridge / Taylor Brown -- Confluence / Mesha Maren -- Burning off into forever / David Joy -- Monkey proof / Rusty Barnes -- The hanging / Darnell Arnoult -- Hawkin’s boy / Charles Dodd White -- White freightliner blues / Jon Sealy -- Obituary / Jacinda Townsend -- On the road with C.T. Savage / Meredith Sue Willis -- Wild kind / Matt Brock -- That familiar ache / Savannah Sipple -- Echolocation / Mark Powell -- Cell-life / Carrie Mullins -- Something to tell / Chris Holbrook -- Back Porch / Chris Offutt -- Biographies.

Smith, Lee.  2013.  Guests on Earth: A Novel.  Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill.  337 pp.  “It is 1936 when orphaned thirteen-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, a mental institution known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital’s most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses the cascading events leading up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda among them.”

Smith, Lee.  2013.  “Lee Smith on Her New Novel Guests on Earth (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013).  Still: The Journal, no. 13 (Fall).  Video clip (4:48 min.), plus a link to an essay about writing the book.

Smith, Lee.  2014.  “Lee Smith.”  Interview by Jason Howard.  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 1 (Winter): 51-64.  Smith talks about her latest novel Guests on Earth, Zelda Fitzgerald, and the changing face of Appalachia.

Smith, R. T.  2014.  In the Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems.  Huntsville: Texas Review Press.  195 pp.

Southern Poetry Anthology. Volume VI, Tennessee.  2013.  Edited by Jesse Graves, Paul Ruffin, and William Wright; Introduction by Jeff Daniel Marion.  Huntsville: Texas Review Press.  279 pp.  Includes work by:  Darnell Arnoult, Jeff Baker, Thomas Burton, Samuel Church, Jim Clark, Lisa Coffman, Donna Doyle, Sue Weaver Dunlap, Carol Grametbauer, Jesse Graves, Connie Jordan Green, Kay Heck, Jane Hicks, Thomas Alan Holmes, Janice Hornburg, Elizabeth Howard, Jannette Hypes, Don Johnson, Judy Loest, Denton Loving, Jeff Daniel Marion, Linda Parsons Marion, Kevin O’Donnell, Ted Olson, Sam Rasnake, Jane Sasser, Steve Sparks, Darius Stewart, Larry Thacker, Susan O’Dell Underwood, Sylvia Woods, Marianne Worthington, and Charles Wright.

Southern Poetry Anthology. Volume VII, North Carolina.  2014.  Edited by Jesse Graves, Paul Ruffin, and William Wright.  Huntsville: Texas Review Press.  279 pp.  Selections from 123 poets, including: Darnell Arnoult, Joseph Bathanti, Cathy Smith Bowers, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Fred Chappell, Michael Chitwood, Jim Clark, Thomas Rain Crowe, Michael McFee, Robert Morgan, Valerie Nieman, Ted Olson, Barbara Presnell, Ron Rash, Nancy Simpson, and Charles Dodd White.

Spencer, Marci.  2015.  Potluck, Message Delivered: “The Great Smoky Mountains Are Saved!” [juvenile literature].  Illustrated by Timothy Worsham.  Asheville, N.C.: Grateful Steps.  56 pp.  “In 1929, newspapermen from North Carolina and Tennessee hiked from opposite sides of Clingmans Dome, the highest mountain in the Great Smokies, for an important celebration.  Although the country was entering the Great Depression, citizens from both states raised enough money to help create a new national park.”

Spriggs, Bianca, and Nikky Finney.  2013.  “The Twenty” [Hindman Settlement School].  Still: The Journal, no. 13 (Fall).  Two short essays: “A Few Words About ‘The Twenty’,” by Bianca Spriggs (715 words); and “Founding of ‘The Twenty’,” by Nikky Finney (487 words, originally published in Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, no. 7, 2012).  The Twenty is “a collective of young writers who gather at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky, each June for a writing intensive .... a small but diverse group of young writers, between the ages of 19–22, who exhibit great seriousness and jubilant promise in their writing.” -- Editor’s note.

Spriggs, Bianca Lynne.  2016.  Call Her by Her Name: Poems.  Evanston, Ill.: TriQuarterly Books.  85 pp.  Affrilachian “poet and performance artist Bianca Lynne Spriggs creates a twenty-first-century feminist manifesto suffused with metaphoric depth. This collection is a call-and-response of women - divine and domestic, legend and literal - who shape-shift and traverse generations.”

Stanforth, Sherry Cook.  2015.  Drone String Poems.  Huron, Oh.: Bottom Dog Press.  89 pp.

Steele, Kristin Janae.  2014.  “How To Say Appalachia” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 16 (Fall).  4,727 words.  “The narrator of ‘How to Say Appalachia’ tells us that she ‘became acquainted with death early on,’ a statement that hovers over the essay like a ghost as she accompanies her father on a visit to the family cemetery.” -- ed.

Stephens, Mariflo.  2013.  “The Many Voices of David Huddle.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 3 (Summer): 25-27.   Huddle is Featured Author of this issue.

Stepp, Lin.  2013.  Second Hand Rose [romance fiction; single mother].  Smoky Mountain Series, no. 5.  Vilas, N.C.: Canterbury House.  239 pp.

Stewart, Albert.  [1973] 2013.  “What It’s All About.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 1 (Winter): 10-11.  Reprint of founding editor, Albert Stewart’s, mission statement from the 1973 inaugural issue of Appalachian Heritage magazine.  “Appalachian Heritage is about the people of Southern Appalachia and the land they cling is about individuals and their humanity .... The people of Appalachia have shared in their individual ways, and many still do, a heritage of customs, attitudes, manners .... To present this humanness and this life-style is a central aim of Appalachian Heritage.”

Stilley, Harriet Poppy.  2016.  “‘White pussy is nothin but trouble’: Hypermasculine Hysteria and the Displacement of the Feminine Body in Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God” [1973].  Cormac McCarthy Journal 14, no. 1: 96-116.

Stokely, Dykeman Cole.  2013.  “Reflections on Growing Up in an Appalachian Writing Family.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 2 (Spring): 35-39.  The author’s mother is Wilma Dykeman.

Stokely, Jim.  2013.  “James R. Stokely Jr.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 2 (Spring): 49-52.  A profile of the author’s father, poet and husband of writer Wilma Dykeman.  Four of James Stokely’s poems follow on pages 54-58.

Stokely, Jim.  2013.  “The Roles of Wilma Dykeman” [1920-2006; daughter, wife, mother, speaker, teacher].  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 2 (Spring): 28-33.  The author is one of Dykeman’s two sons.

Stout, Andi.  2016.  Tiny Horses Don’t Get a Choice [poems].  Raleigh, N.C.: Lulu.  82 pp.

Survant, Joe.  2014.  The Land We Dreamed: Poems.  Kentucky Voices series.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.  133 pp.  In this third title in a trilogy on rural Kentucky, the state’s former poet laureate (2003-2004) weaves “universal themes of family, geography, and death with images of America’s frontier landscape,” drawing on primary documents and featuring dramatic monologues of eighteenth-century figures.

Tate, Linda.  2013.  “I Hear Appalachia Singing: Teaching Appalachian Literature in a General Education American Literature Course.”   Chap. 6 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 95-108.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

Taylor, Barbara J.  2014.  Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night [adolescent historical fiction].  New York: Kaylie Jones Books.  319 pp.   Early 20th-century Scranton, Pa., anthracite mining setting.  “..a few months after her sister’s mysterious death, eight-year-old Violet befriends a motherless schoolmate, Stanley, who works as a breaker boy in the mines.”

Taylor, M. Glenn.  2015.  A Hanging at Cinder Bottom: A Novel [historical fiction; McDowell Co., W. Va.].  Portland, Ore.: Tin House Books.  381 pp.  “The year is 1910. Halley’s Comet has just signaled the end of the world, and Jack Johnson has knocked out the ‘Great White Hope,’ Jim Jeffries.  Keystone, West Virginia, is the region’s biggest boomtown, and on a rainy Sunday morning in August, its townspeople are gathered in a red-light district known as Cinder Bottom to witness the first public hanging in over a decade.”

Taylor, Tess.  2013.  The Forage House: Poems.  Pasadena, Calif.: Red Hen Press.  81 pp.

Tekulve, Susan.  2013.  In the Garden of Stone: A Novel [historical fiction; W. Va.; Va.].  Spartanburg, S.C.: Hub City Press.  335 pp.  “...opens in 1924 with the derailment of a passing train that buries 16-year-old Emma Palmisano’s house in coal. Caleb, the railroad man who rescues Emma, marries her a week later .... The novel tells the story of the successive generations...who endure and grow despite poverty and hardship.”

Tekulve, Susan.  2015.  “The Peach Season” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 19 (Fall).  4,771 words.  “ In the fourth year of our marriage, my husband, Rick, and I took jobs teaching college English in a South Carolina mill town in the middle of peach country.”

Thomas, Diane C.  2015.  In Wilderness: A Novel [love story].  New York: Bantam.  304 pp.  “Debilitated by a terminal and painful illness, Katherine moves to an isolated cabin deep in Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains .... Someone else is near, observing her every move. Twenty-year-old Vietnam veteran Danny .... When these two lost souls collide, the passion that ignites between them is all-consuming--and increasingly dangerous.”

Thomas, Sarah Loudin.  2014.   Miracle in a Dry Season [Christian fiction/romance].  Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. 300 pp.  “In small town West Virginia, 1954, one newcomer’s special gift with food produces both gratitude and censure. Will Perla Long and her daughter find a home there?”

Thurtle, Genevieve.  2015.  “Tragedy on a Large Stage” [craft essay].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 2 (Spring): 96-103.  Explores the setting of Vietnam in Tim O’Brien’s classic short story “How to Tell a True War Story” and how “the slippery nature of narrative truth becomes even more so when memory comes into play.”

Tieck, Sarah.  2013.  West Virginia [juvenile literature]. Minneapolis: ABDO Publishing.  32 pp.  “...important cities, famous citizens, fun facts, and places of interest.”

Tortora, Christina.  2014.  “Addressing the Problem of Intra-Speaker Variation for Parametric Theory” [Appalachian speakers].  Chap. 10 in Micro-Syntactic variation in North American English, ed. R. Zanuttini and L. Horn, 294-323.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Townsend, Jacinda.  2014.  “Jacinda Townsend.”  Interview by David Cornette.  Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 2 (Spring): 74-82.  Townsend is author of the novel, Saint Monkey (2014).

Townsend, Jacinda.  2014.  Saint Monkey: A Novel [Montgomery Co., Ky.; Harlem, N.Y.].  New York: Norton.  350 pp.  This acclaimed debut novel “is a coming-of-age story made at once gripping and poignant by the wild energy of the Jazz Era and the stark realities of segregation.”

Turner, Daniel Cross, and William Wright, ed.  2016.  Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.  295 pp.  Includes work by eighty writers, including: Kathryn Stripling Byer, Michael Chitwood, Jim Clark, George Garrett, Jesse Graves, Ron Houchin, David Huddle, John Lane, Jeff Mann, Jeff Daniel Marion, Linda Parsons Marion, Michael McFee, Robert Morgan, Ricardo Nazario Y Colón, Ron Rash, Janisse Ray, Steve Scafidi, R.T. Smith, Frank X Walker, and Charles Wright.

Turpin, Anita J.  2015.  “Higher Ground 5: Find a Way.”  Journal of Appalachian Studies 21, no. 2 (Fall): 292-295.  Media review of Higher Ground 5: Find a Way, a community-based theatrical production written by Cassidy Meckler Wright, directed by Austin Rutherford and Devyn Creech, performed at Godbye Appalachian Center, Cumberland, Ky.; five performances April 9-11, 2015.  “...over its ten-year history, the bulk of Higher Ground’s work has always been done...under the deft oversight of Robert Gipe, Director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.”  “Typical of the four previous Higher Ground productions, the “Find a Way” cast used multi-leveled platforms on a thrust stage, interacting with the audience on three sides .... Music is always an integral part of a Higher Ground production .... Presented in three acts, the play begins with Labor Day and ends with Graduation Day. Issues covered in the two-and-a-half-hour production included the pain of economic hardship, the shame of not being able to provide for your family, the grief of losing a father or a young son, the guilt you feel when you have a job and your neighbors don’t, the fear you feel of being rejected by your family because you’re gay, the homesickness you feel when you have to leave home, or the desperation of feeling trapped by that home. Holding the stories together is a running theme of listening and talking, of being lost and found, of honesty and trust, of reconciliation and forgiveness. And leavening all the hard stuff is the agent of humor .... There’s an unbridled optimism in those lines, in that energy, in the movement and the faces of the cast that is transformative, the way community-based theater is supposed to be.”

Van Eerden, Jessie.  2015.  “Jesse van Eerden.”  Interview by Jason Howard.  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 3 (Summer): 73-85.  Van Eerden is director of West Virginia Wesleyan University’s MFA in Writing Program, and the author of Glorybound: A Novel (2012).

Van Eerden, Jessie.  2015.  “The Long Weeping” [creative nonfiction].  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 3 (Summer): 40-43.

Vanderpool, Clare.  2013.  Navigating Early [adolescent fiction].  New York: Delacorte.  306 pp.  “Odyssey-like adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.”

Vernon, Zackary.  2016.  “Toward a Post-Appalachian Sense of Place.”  Journal of American Studies 50, no. 3 (August): 639-658.  “...utilizes recent developments in postsouthern theory to explore Appalachian literature and culture. Analyzing novels by Ron Rash, Terry Roberts, and Charles Frazier.”

Vincent, Gary Lee.  2014.  Darkened Hills [horror fiction; vampires].  Bridgeport, W. Va.: Burning Bulb Publishing.  264 pp.

Waggoner, Eric.  2016.  “All Be Changed” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 20 (Winter).  2,683 words.  “In 1995, in one of the poorest decisions of my life, I broke a pool cue over the back of a man during a multi-participant bar fight.”

Walker, Frank X.  2014.  “Interview with Frank X Walker.”  By David O. Hoffman and Stephen McKenzie.  In Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Frank X Walker, Vol. VI, ed. S. Shurbutt, 26-29.  Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Shepherd University.

Watts, Julia.  2013.  Secret City [adolescent fiction; WWII].  Tallahassee, Fla.: Bella Books.  258 pp.  LGBT coming-of-age story.  “Ruby Pickett didn’t have any say about the family move to Tennessee. Her daddy’s new job will help the war effort, though no one has told her exactly how. Brand new, government-built Oak Ridge quickly proves a curious and intriguing place for the sixteen-year-old’s rampant curiosity.”

Watts, Julia.  2014.  Gifted and Talented: A Novel.  Appalachian Writing Series.  Huron, Ohio: Bottom Dog Press.  199 pp.  “Rachel sends her son Crispin to honors magnet elementary school .... Racial, economic, and intellectual bigotry are all encountered--sometimes with laughter, sometimes with tears, but always with insight.”

Webb, Jim.  2013.  Get In, Jesus: New & Selected Poems.  Edited by Scott Goebel.  Nicholasville, Ky.: Wind Publications.  101 pp.  “In the book as a whole, sorrow, humor, anger, heartbreak, hilarity, and fierce judgment mingle and clash in ways that are just about always both startling and appropriate.” -- Wendell Berry, (from a letter to the author).

Weimer, Denise.  2013.  Sautee Shadows [fiction].  Georgia Gold Series, no. 1.  Vilas, N.C.: Canterbury House.  250 pp.  “...sweeping saga of four families whose lives intertwine through romance, adventure, and murder, linking antebellum Georgia’s coast and mountains during the economic expansion of the 1830s.”  Habersham County.

Weimer, Denise.  2013.  The Gray Divide [fiction].  Georgia Gold Series, no. 2.  Vilas, N.C.: Canterbury House.  256 pp.  Family saga continues in Civil War-era Habersham County, Ga.

West, Robert M.  2013.  “Toward ‘Crystal-Tight Arrays’: Teaching the Evolving Art of Robert Morgan’s Poetry.”  Chap. 14 in Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region, ed. T. Burriss and P. Gantt, 252-264.  Athens: Ohio University Press.

White, Charles Dodd.  2014.  A Shelter of Others [fiction].  Peninsula, Ohio: Fiddleblack.  216 pp.   “Following his release from prison, Mason Laws returns to the mountains of his youth where his estranged wife, Lavada, has been caring for his ailing father in Mason’s absence.”

White, Ruth.  2013.  The Treasure of Way Down Deep [juvenile fiction; W. Va.].  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  165 pp.  Sequel to Way Down Deep (2007).  “In 1954, when mine closings bring an economic crisis to Way Down Deep, West Virginia, foundling Ruby Jolene Hurley makes a thirteenth-birthday wish to find the treasure rumored to have been buried by one of the town’s founders.”

Wicker, Stacey.  2015.  “Home Anywhere Is Home Nowhere: The Central Place of Home in the Geographic Imagination of Edward Abbey.”  Pennsylvania Geographer 53, no. 1 (Spring/Summer): 3-24.  Novelist, essayist, and radical environmental activist Abbey (1927-1989) was raised in the town of Home, Indiana County, Pa.

Wildsmith, Dana.  2013.  Christmas in Bethlehem [poems; Bethlehem, Ga.].  Hayesville, N.C.: FutureCycle Press.  46 pp.

Wildsmith, Dana.  2015.  “Listen” [creative nonfiction].  Still: The Journal, no. 18 (Summer).  2,322 words.  “I got me eleven acres out to Homer. Don’t nobody know I’m there. That’s the way I like it. Got a creek as wide as this road.”

Wilkinson, Crystal.  2016.  The Birds of Opulence [fiction].  Kentucky Voices series.  Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 202 pp.   “...centers on several generations of women in a bucolic southern black township as they live with and sometimes surrender to madness .... It is a world of magic, conjuring, signs, and spells, but also of harsh realities that only love...can conquer.”  In 2014 Wilkinson was appointed Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College.

Wilkinson, Crystal.  2016.  “Crystal Wilkinson.”  Interview by Silas House.  Appalachian Heritage 44, no. 2 (Spring): 57-69.  See also: review of Wilkinson’s new book, The Birds of Opulence (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), by Journey McAndrews, 117-120.

Williford, Wendy C.  2014.  “Toward the Light” [creative nonfiction].  Floyd County Moonshine 6, no. 1 (Spring): 64-67.

Willis, Meredith Sue.  2013.  “‘A Combination of Small Town and Long Perspective’: An Interview with Appalachian Writer Meredith Sue Willis.”  Appalachian Journal 40, no. 3-4 (Spring-Summer): 220-230.  “...a discussion of the meaning of place and cultural heritage, ...the impact of family and community politics upon fiction writing, and future directions for Appalachian literature.”

Wilner, Eleanor, and Maurice Manning, ed.  2013.  The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry: Poems, Poets, Process.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.  226 pp.  Thirty-five poets featured, all of whom have held residencies at Warren Wilson College in the N.C. mountains near Asheville.

Wilson, Angie.  2014.  Dori’s Gift [children’s literature].  Illustrated by Ashley Teets.  Appalachian Heritage Series.  Terra Alta, W. Va.: Headline Books.  “It’s Dori’s birthday and she doesn’t have to do her normal chores today. Her father makes a special dulcimer for Dori and it is the perfect gift!”
Wolfram, Walt, and Jeffrey Reaser.  2014.  “Mountain Talk.”  Chap. 6 in Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina, by W. Wolfram and J. Reaser, 128-151.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.  331 pp.  Includes sidebar QR Codes that link to related audio clips, video clips, and text.  Book Contents: Tar Heels in North Cackalacky | The Origins of Language Diversity in North Carolina | Landscaping Dialect: From Manteo to Murphy | Talkin? Country and City | The Outer Banks Brogue | Mountain Talk | African American Speech in North Carolina | The Legacy of American Indian Languages | Lumbee English: Tar Heel American Indian Dialect | Carolina del Norte: Latino Tar Heels | Celebrating Language Diversity.

Woodrell, Daniel.  2013.  The Maid’s Version: A Novel.  New York: Little, Brown.  164 pp.  Set in 1929 in the Missouri Ozarks, involving an explosion that killed 42 in a local dance hall, and revealing one “family’s struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.”  Woodrell is the author of Winter’s Bone (2006).

Woolfitt, William Kelley.  2014.  Beauty Strip [poems; W. Va.; coal mining].  Huntsville: Texas Review Press.  69 pp.  “Part sketchbook, part dreambook, Beauty Strip maps and ruminates on, haunts and is haunted by, the mountaintop removal sites and mill towns, the salt-works and bloomeries, that have scarred the land from West Virginia to Virginia to Tennessee.”

Worthington, Leslie Harper.  2013.  “Hunting Huckleberry: Intertextual Connections between Lee Smith and Mark Twain.”  49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies 31 (March): 1-26.  Compares Lee Smith’s The Last Girls (2002) and Fair and Tender Ladies (1988) with Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).

Worthington, Marianne.  2015.  Review essay of Next Door to the Dead: Poems, by Kathleen Driskell (University Press of Kentucky, 2015).  Appalachian Heritage 43, no. 4 (Fall): 119-123.

Wright, Amy.  2013.  “Everyone’s Invited to the Next Huddle Family Reunion.”  Appalachian Heritage 41, no. 3 (Summer): 56-61.

Wright, Amy, and William Wright.  2016.  Creeks of the Upper South [poems].  Durham, N.C.: Jacar Press.  54 pp.

Wright, Lavinia Jones.  2016.  “Skyline Drive: The Highway that Led my Grandfather into the Mountains.”  Oxford American, no. 93 (Summer): 49-50.  Creative nonfiction about Joe Wright’s journey from South Philly, to CCC work on Skyline Drive in 1939, to Maysville, W. Va. in 1983.

Wright, William.  2015.  Tree Heresies: Poems.  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  65 pp.

Yarrow, Mike, and Ruth Yarrow, ed.  2015.  Voices from the Appalachian Coalfields: Found Poems.  Photographs by Douglas Yarrow.  Huron, Oh.: Bottom Dog Press.  148 pp.  “Poems composed from 225 interviews with Appalachian coal miners, both men and women, and coal miners’ wives recorded in the 1970s and 1980s in the Appalachian coalfields, largely in Fayette, Raleigh, Mercer, and McDowell counties of West Virginia.”

Yoho, R. G.  2015.  Return to Matewan [historical fiction].  [No location]: White Feather Press.  197 pp.  Revenge fiction, set in 1921 Welch, W. Va., site of Baldwin-Felt detectives’ murder of Sid Hatfield.

Zacharias, Karen Spears.  2013.  Mother of Rain: A Novel.  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  256 pp., plus glossary.  Weatherford Award winner for fiction.  Nineteen-forties East Tenn.; Melungeons; mental illness.

Zacharias, Karen Spears.  2015.  Burdy: A Novel.  Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press.  183 pp.  “When it is healing they need, the people at Christian Bend, Tennessee, turn to one woman -- Burdy Luttrell. Melungeon by birth, Burdy learned the therapeutic properties of roots from the women in her family.”

Zanuttini, Raffaella, and Judy B. Bernstein.  2014.  “Transitive Expletives in Appalachian English.”  Chap. 5 in Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English, ed. R. Zanuttini and L. Horn, 143-177.  New York: Oxford University Press.