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  • Contributors to This Issue

Bob Henry Baber is a candidate for Governor of West Virginia on the Mountain Party ticket, the same ticket that author Denise Giardina ran on a few years back. Baber is a former Mayor of Richwood, West Virginia, where his family has lived for generations and his long awaited novel, Pure Orange Sunshine, based on his being shot in 1971 by the lapd and going to prison, is now in print.

Wendell Berry was presented with the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama last March in recognition for his outstanding career as a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. He farms on the Kentucky River at Port Royal, Kentucky.

William C. Blizzard (1918–2009) was a West Virginia journalist who wrote the book, When Miners March, a grass-roots account of the Battle of Blair Mountain which was led by his father, Bill Blizzard.

Theresa L. Burriss directs the Appalachian Regional Studies Center at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. The topic of her Ph.D. dissertation was the Affrilachian Writers. She was raised in Bristol, Tennessee, and currently lives in Floyd County, Virginia.

Warren J. Carson serves as an academic vice chancellor at the University of South Carolina Upstate and lives in Tryon, North Carolina. He frequently works with the College Board as an administrator of their test-grading sessions.

Samantha Lynn Cole is a Resident Assistant for the Eastern Kentucky University Upward Bound Program. She graduated this year from Berea College where she worked four years at Appalachian Heritage. She is a life-long resident of Lee County, Kentucky.

Sidney Saylor Farr (1932–2011) was editor of Appalachian Heritage from 1985 until 1999. From 2002 until this year, she provided a "recipes and recollections" piece for each issue. The author of eight books, four from university presses, she was a native of the coal camps of Bell County, Kentucky, and lived in Berea for half a century. [End Page 125]

Wess Harris is a farmer and educator in Roane County, West Virginia, and has contributed to many efforts of historic preservation in the coal fields, including consolidating and showing the art of Connie West, preserving the Whipple Company Store, and publishing William C. Blizzard's When Miners March.

Paul Brett Johnson (1956–2011) was a native of Mousie in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields. He supported himself as a visual artist for years before he began illustrating and writing award-winning children's books, most based upon Appalachian folklore.

Kirk Judd was born and raised in Wayne County, West Virginia, and now works as a Principal Project Engineer for Lockheed Martin in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was a co-editor of Wild, Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry. He also does performance presentations combining poetry with traditional music.

Chuck Kinder directs the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. A West Virginia native, he is the author of Snakehunter, The Last Mountain Dancer, The Honeymooners, and The Silver Ghost.

Michael Kline came to the coal fields of eastern Kentucky in the mid 1960s as an Appalachian Volunteer under the Council of the Southern Mountains in Berea. With Rich Kirby, he recorded "They Can't Put It Back" in 1971, one of the first compilations of anti-strip-mining songs. Currently, an independent folklorist and audio producer living in Elkins, West Virginia, his recordings of coal mining songs and audio histories of the region are available at

Leonard Carson Lambert, Jr. is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokees. He was born in the Indian hospital in Cherokee, North Carolina, in 1932 and lived on the Qualla Boundary until the 1940s and returned there to run a gift shop during three summers in the 1950s. Then he got trained as an electrical engineer and worked in that field around the world. He is now retired and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Michael Lambert is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokees who was born in East Tennessee and now teaches African Studies at the University of North Carolina. [End Page 126]

Elizabeth Lamont is Professor of English at Lincoln Memorial University. She is working on a book about lmu...


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