Thursday, October 22, 2009

Appalachian South has new, online literary journal

Three Appalachian writers have launched a new online literary journal that will feature work created by or devoted to the Appalachian South. Silas House (right), Jason Howard and Marianne Worthington established Still: Literature of the Mountain South, which will be published in October, February and June, so readers could freely access excellent and contemporary writing of the region. House, a Kentuckian and author of Clay's Quilt and The Coal Tattoo, will serve as fiction editor from his base at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. Howard, co-author with House of Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal, will edit non-fiction submissions. Worthington, a communication and journalism professor at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., will edit poetry submissions. (Photo by Curt Richter)

The journal's title is a multi-faceted reference to Appalachian culture, according to its Web site. "To be a writer is to learn how to be still," the site says, and the title also refers to the Appalachian-stereotyped moonshine still and the late James Still of Hindman, Ky., the poet and author who has been called the grandfather of Appalachian literature. The authors write: "As a culture, Appalachia has been told for decades that it is disappearing. We are still here, proud and strong as ever." (Read more)


Anonymous said...

Howard is the nonfiction editor, not Edwards.

Al Cross said...

Thanks. We had it right one place and not the other.