An Anthology of Contemporary Stories and Poetry
Publication Year: 2013
These works encompass a variety of themes that, collectively, capture the essence of Appalachia: love of the land, family ties, and the struggle to blend progress with heritage. Readers will enjoy this book not just for the innate value of good literature but also for the insights it provides into this fascinating area. This book of fiction is an enlightening companion to non-fiction overviews of the region, including the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and A Handbook to Appalachia: An Introduction to the Region, both published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2006. In fact the five sections of this book are the same as those of the Encyclopedia.
Educators and students will find this book especially appropriate for courses in creative writing, Appalachian studies and Appalachian literature. Editor George Brosi’s foreword presents an historical overview of Appalachian Literature, while Kate Egerton and Morgan Cottrell’s afterword offers a helpful guide for studying Appalachian literature in a classroom setting.
Kate Egerton is an associate professor of English at Berea College. She has taught Appalachian literature and published scholarship in that field as well as in modern drama.
Samantha Cole majored in Appalachian Studies and worked for Appalachian Heritage while a student at Berea College. Morgan Cottrell is a West Virginia native who took Kate Egerton's Appalachian literature class at Berea College.
Published by: The University of Tennessee Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Appalachian literature is an important field of literary studies. We are indebted to all those whose hard work helped establish and gain recognition for this subgenre of American literature. Regional literature has been viewed as an important part of Appalachian Studies from its beginnings as a distinct field of academic inquiry in the 1960s. Cratis Williams (1911–85), widely consid-...
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We enthusiastically welcome you to a book that we hope you will find delight-ful, thought-provoking, and insightful. This is a collection of stories and poems by authors with strong ties to the Southern Appalachian region. At the time this book was prepared for publication, all the authors represented were con-temporary, very much alive and engaged in regional life. These writings thus ...
An Overview ofAppalachian Literature
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Appalachian literature begins with the stories told by those who first settled our region. The stories of the Cherokees, as well as those brought to America from Europe and Africa, form a rich tradition that not only propelled Appalachian lit-erature to an auspicious beginning but that continue to infuse regional writing. The literature of Europeans who immigrated and settled into these mountains ...
Works onAppalachian Literature
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Ballard, Sandra, and Patricia L. Hudson, eds. Listen Here: Women Writing in Brosi, George. “Appalachian Literature.” In The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs. Ed. Joseph M. and Lucinda Hardwick Mackethan. Baton Rouge: Louisiana ———. The Literature of the Appalachian South. Berea, KY: self- ...
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The jeep shuddered along the dirt road, its hood bobbing like a duck decoy Sunlight danced through the rust and mustard foliage. Palmer felt like a kid laying out of school. Even if he did own the company. But he was, after all, out here on business. Julius was an expensive dog. His ancestors had been lead hounds for the best hunts in Virginia, right back to the beginning of the ...
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Reprinted with permission of Fred Chappell. Published in Appalachian Heritage 31.3 (Summer Reprinted with permission of Fred Chappell. Published in Backsass (LSU Press, 2004).Editor’s note: This selection is presented in the novel I Am One of You Forever, before chapter 1, and thus we do not consider it a novel excerpt.Then there was one brief time when we didn’t live in the big brick house with ...
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...i’m looking at old men . . . pregnant bellies hanging over worn blue jeans shirts open to expose old dried breasts were they on a woman . . . but since they are on men just fatty useless tissue hanging . . . they are riding yellow machines that shake my house . . . that scatter brittle white hairs that the crows collect for nests . . . that smile stupid toothless smiles . . . because they are once . . . again ...
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Reprinted with permission of Broadstone Books and the Captain’s Bookshelf. Published in Reprinted with permission of Broadstone Books and the Captain’s Bookshelf. Published in Reprinted with permission of Robert Morgan. Published in Poetry (Aug. 1985).“He thinks he’s shit on a stick, but he’s really just a fart on a splinter,” Carlie said. It was a cotton mill saying she’d been repeating for years. She especially ...
Robert J. Conley
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We had driven past it dozens, perhaps hundreds of times, the giant, plastic Indian which stood in front of the motel on Highway 51, and we had almost always cussed it as we went by. It was an insult to us all. One feather in its hair, a pair of moccasins and a flap on its front and back were all the clothes it wore. It stood with one leg straight and the other slightly bent at the knee; it held one ...
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Richard has gone on and died, she thinks when she hears the knuckle on the door. Took two weeks after the accident, he was strong. The other three dead at the scene. She glances at the digital clock on top of Richard’s New Testament, then she covers her face with her hands. The yellow stink of the hospital still hangs in her hair. It’s 3:07 a.m., and Richard has gone on and died....
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In his first spring after the war, Walt Berger went home, home to see the old man, and home to rest. He had a bottle of Jim Beam between his thighs and his discharge papers in his sea bag. He sipped the coffee and topped it off with Jim Beam, and by the time he hit I-40, he was thinking of Leigh Ann, but was still sober enough to miss her exit north of Sevierville. He knew the old man ...
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...“You’ll remember to get the Thule put on top of the Volvo, then?” On his way over to the university, Jake turns back to ask her. “And make sure the key “Sure,” Nova says, rubbing her eyes, wearing a black number three muscle shirt that used to be her brother’s, and nothing else. She knows she can get Theron to do it. “The drug boys are coming today,” she says, and Jake nods. He ...
Frank X Walker
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Reprinted with permission of Frank X Walker. Published in Affrilachia (Old Cove Press, 2000).Reprinted with permission of Frank X Walker. Published in Affrilachia (Old Cove Press, 2000).Reprinted with permission of Frank X Walker. Published in Appalachian Heritage 36.3 (Summer On his website, Frank X Walker writes, “As a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and the creator of the word ‘Affrilachia,’ I believe it is my responsibility ...
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My mother never approved but she came to like Roscoe, even after trying hard not to. When Roscoe had his gall bladder surgery Mother came over and helped me out around the house. In the kitchen, with just the two of us washing up the supper dishes, Mother patted my hand and told me that Roscoe was a good person. “He’s gonna be fine,” she said to me, “don’t you worry.” And she ...
Meredith Sue Willis
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Elvissa rhymes with Louisa and her hobby was New York City. If you had asked her as a teen in the early 1980s why New York, she would have smiled and shrugged and maybe described a view overlooking all the lights of the city. She was raised in West Virginia near the Ohio River in a suburb where everything was new: houses, high school, church. Her friends were mostly the children ...
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My great-grandmother belonged to the Bird Clan. Hers was one of the fugitive bands of Cherokee who resisted capture in the year that General Winfield Scott was in charge of prodding the forest people from their beds and removing them westward. Those few who escaped his notice moved, like wildcat fami-lies through the Carolina mountains, leaving the ferns unbroken where they ...
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Gerald opened his front door at dawn, wearing only a quickly drawn-on pair of jeans. His wife’s four brothers stood in the ground fog that filtered along the ridge. The oldest brother had become family spokesman after the father’s death, and Gerald waited for him to speak. The mother was still boss but ev-“It’s Ory,” the oldest one said. “He got shot and is in the hospital. Somebody’s ...
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On those August nights when no late-afternoon thunderstorm rinsed the heat and humidity from the air, no breeze stirred the cattails and willow oak leaves, Jamie and Matt sometimes made love surrounded by water. Tonight might be such a night, Jamie thought. She rolled down the window and let air blast away some of the cigarette smoke that clung to her uniform and hair. She was ex-...
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The idea of incident like a box beside us on the Trailways seat.Which spells out our stories in sentences, which gives them an endReprinted with permission of Charles Wright. Published in Scar Tissue (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Slackers and multipliers, now in, now out of jail, on whom I depended.Reprinted with permission of Charles Wright. Published in Appalachian Heritage 32.2 (Spring ...
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Reprinted with permission of LSU Press. Published in What Travels with Us (2005).Reprinted with permission of LSU Press. Published in What Travels with Us (2005).Reprinted with permission of LSU Press. Published in What Travels with Us (2005).of minimum wage, ten-hour days, and culled furniture. Once I wentinto the deafening grind and buzz of the machine room. My only factory stint....
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I call him Pig Helmet because he’s the sort of fellow that, in olden times, you’d have been one of the Civilized People trying like hell with fire and boil-ing oil and molten lead and such, to keep him and his kind out, and he’d have been one of the dreaded barbarians, he’d have been the lead barbarian in fact, climbing over your city walls by means of an improvised ladder, with ...
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After Liz tells her, Charma doesn’t say anything for a long moment. She is sitting on the couch, smoking a cigarette with one hand and patting the baby’s back with the other. “Saved?” she says, as if completely baffled. The word comes out in one great plume of smoke. The baby is sprawled out asleep across the top Liz balances on the edge of her chair and pulls off her panty hose. Her ...
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Reprinted with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Published in Bucolics: Poems (2007).Reprinted with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Published in The Common Man: Poems Reprinted with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Published in The Common Man: Poems When Maurice Manning was named one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 2011 for his collection The Common Man, while still in his forties, ...
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A plaque, a photo, a cardboard likeness. Well, they will find none of those things here. Oh, they exist, and I have them still, but they are packed away in the other house, buried with the life I have now escaped, as surely as Liam has I cannot honestly say that Liam loved the mountain house. Perhaps he did, for all I know, but he was never here very much. I was trying to please him ...
Kathryn Stripling Byer
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Reprinted with permission of LSU Press. Published in Black Shawl: Poems (1998).Reprinted with permission of LSU Press. Published in Coming to Rest: Poems (2006).The lyrical quality of Kathryn Stripling Byer’s poetry has inspired composers to set several of her poems to music that has been performed in North Carolina, Georgia, New York, and Hungary. “Singing must have seemed the only way ...
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I know almost nothing about prisons, but I know enough to hold my glance at the level of an inmate’s eyes, and to keep my expression absent of pity. I know how to look straight at people, with no judgment. I learned this particular sen-sitivity in the fourth-grade class of Mrs. Natalie Johnson. She instructed us to look people in the eye, especially if they were poor or had some misshapen ...
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The sidewalk in front of the Hazard Regional Hospital is strewn with cigarette butts. Some of the smokers are visitors, I grant you. But some wear gowns and robes. Some have drip bags hooked to their arms. They lean against those hat rack-looking carts, puffing away. The air is too still to clear the smoke. It hangs a few feet above their heads in a darksome cloud. What people won’t do to ...
Jeff Daniel Marion
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Reprinted with permission of Wind Publishing. Published in Father (2009).Reprinted with permission of Celtic Cat Publishing. Published in Ebbing and Flowing Springs Reprinted with permission of Texas Review Press. Published in The Southern Poetry Anthology. Jeff Daniel Marion is a bard, clearly one of the most distinguished contempo-rary Tennessee poets and one who has gained significant national attention. ...
Jayne Anne Phillips
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We found the kittens in a pile, too young to even stagger, the mother too hungry herself to feed them, or caught by the dogs. We had a big old plastic purse with a blanket inside, and we put them all in there and hauled them around in the wagon. I liked them, they were a little town of their own, part of our gang to defend against the Polish kids that lived right next to the tracks, or the Irish kids ...
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We have designed Appalachian Gateway to bring contemporary Appalachian writing to a widening circle of readers. Many of those readers will encounter this material in a college or high school classroom, and this afterword is in-tended to support teachers in sharing Appalachian literature with students. For college-level courses in Appalachian literature, Appalachian Gateway ...
About the Editors
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GEORGE BROSI grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and worked for the Council of the Southern Mountains in Berea, Kentucky, in the summer of 1963 between semesters at Carleton College. He graduated in 1965 and was employed by a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Council again in 1967. In 1971 he married Connie Fearington and moved to a small farm in Tennessee’s ...
Page Count: 352
Publication Year: 2013
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth