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xv Acknowledgments Rural Literacies would not be possible without Robert Brooke, who brought the three of us together to write this book. After hearing us speak at the Thomas R. Watson Conference, he encouraged us to work together to address the topic of rural literacies. From our first phone call in May 2003, we found an unexpected bond and collegiality borne out of a common background in rural places, communities, schools, and families. Our collaboration brought us in touch with not only each other but also the places our families hail from: Hot Springs, North Carolina; Cashmere, Washington; Paxton, Nebraska. In particular, we would like to thank Kim’s aunt Marilee Moore, who generously provided us with her house in Hot Springs for a week so we could finish the draft of this book. That time writing together on the front porch and soaking in the nearby hot springs will never be forgotten. Generous thanks to Farm Aid and Paul Natkin for permission to print the Farm Aid opening Web page, which appears in chapter 3. I (Kim Donehower) wish first to acknowledge the generosity of my informants in North Carolina, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Given the history of stereotypes of rural literacies, it is no small matter of trust to submit to an interview by an academic on this topic. I also thank my parents, Bill and Wanda Donehower, for their constant support and love, and my extended family, especially the Moores of Hot Springs, for inspiring me to take up this subject. Charlotte and Eileen have been the best collaborators I could have ever hoped to work with on this project. I have learned so much from their work and from their insight into mine. Deborah Brandt, in both her scholarly work and in her friendship, has been a vital source of encouragement since my days as a graduate student. Thanks also to Jean Lutes for first getting Deb and me together to talk literacy. At the University of Minnesota, Robin Brown and Ellen Stekert helped me to see that the last word on Appalachian literacy had by no means been said and that my work could be both necessary and compelling. Chris Anson, with much grace and good humor, guided my dissertation work in a specialty I was still discovering. Beth Daniell, Peter Mortensen, and Kathy Sohn have offered much encouragement and support since my days in graduate school. I wish to thank Scott Stevens and Rick Hansen, colleagues at California State University, Fresno, for their friendship and for sustaining my interest in the field both during and beyond my sojourn there. Thanks also to my colleagues in the English department at the University of North Dakota for giving me a supportive professional home in which to write. My husband, Jack Russell Weinstein, has served as sounding board, editor, cheerleader, on-call philosopher, and role model of a dedicated writer. This book would not exist without him. Last, I thank Mingus and Adina for keeping me company during the sometimes-lonely process of composing. I (Charlotte Hogg) would like to thank Kim and Eileen for their invaluable feedback and time and for all I learned about writing and rural issues from them. I would also like to express deep thanks to the women from Paxton who participated in my study for their knowledge and trust; they, too, have taught me much. Thanks also to my parents, Bob and Carolyn Hogg, for their unwavering support and love, and a very special thank you to my husband, Chris Garland, who knew just what to do—be it listening, making me laugh, or buoying my confidence—throughout this project. I (Eileen E. Schell) wish to thank my parents, Robert E. and Neva D. Schell, for giving me a place from which to stand and to see the world: Schell and Schell Orchards, which stood for four generations. I thank the people of Cashmere, Washington, namely my teachers and the town librarian, Sheila Ogle, for opening the world of books and ideas. When I reached college at the University of Washington, Connie Hale, my first-year composition teacher, was the one who convinced me to go on for advanced study in English and writing. I can never thank her enough for her inspirational example. Bill Irmscher, Eugene Smith, and Charles Johnson also helped me find my way in the xvi Acknowledgments world of academia. While I was in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Alice Gillam, Chuck Schuster, and...


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