Tag: Appalachia

  • From Cornbread & Collards

    From Cornbread & Collards

      Like thousands across this nation, I start back to school next week. My graduate program was always going to be through distance learning so Covid doesn't disrupt that. As this week's DNC proved, there is a lot to be gained from virtual realities. Narrative[..]
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  • Q & A with Terry Kay: Book Giveaway

    Q & A with Terry Kay: Book Giveaway

    Editor's Note:  The following is an interview I did with author Terry Kay upon the release of his latest book - The Forever Wish of Middy Sweet (Mercer Univ. Press). Set in rural Georgia, the story contrasts the present with the past and the ways in[..]
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  • Writing Memoir with Author Ann Hite

    Writing Memoir with Author Ann Hite

    Editor's Note: I first met author Ann Hite through her book Ghost on Black Mountain. It was one of the best ghost story novels I had read in decades. Ann and I share a love of Appalachia and the stories that come out of the mountains.[..]
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  • About that Coal Miners Myth

    About that Coal Miners Myth

    What You are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte is the book I have been telling everyone that they should read. It's short and well-written. It will make you rethink and think again about the role of media in political campaigns. I have taken[..]
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  • In Search of Ghosts

    In Search of Ghosts

      I went in search of a ghost story. A story as familiar to me as that of Esther or Ruth; stories which have been repeated to me since before I knew how to read myself. I can't remember the first time I heard the[..]
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  • Butts to the Wind

    Butts to the Wind

    Like much of the nation, I have been following the hurricane news. My daughter was in Wilmington, , NC, on Monday and Tuesday so I followed it in part to keep her informed. As one of her friends remarked to me, "Not exactly the time[..]
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  • Giving Rapists Permission

    Giving Rapists Permission

    I have kin who were raped. Each of them only spoke to me about it once. When they told their stories, they lowered their voices and spoke as if they were afraid to wake the dead, although the man who reportedly raped them was very[..]
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  • Put out the Welcome Quilt

    Put out the Welcome Quilt

    As federal employees prepared to conduct raids upon immigrant families nationwide, I made a trip out to Sisters, Oregon for the annual Sisters Quilt Show. When I wrote the Appalachian novels set during the time of World War II - Mother of Rain, Burdy, &[..]
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  • Salvage Work

    Salvage Work

      Our daughter is getting married next week. She is the last of the three girls to marry. I was 21 when I married. I didn't have a clue about what I was getting myself into. Thankfully, God was watching out for me in ways[..]
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