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March 2022 News of the Appalachian Literary Scene

March 2022 News of the Appalachian Literary Scene

Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns by William H. Turner – pictured above - won the  Weatherford Award in non-fiction given by the Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College.  My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson won  for fiction, and The Girl Singer by Marianne Worthington won for poetry. Runner-up in nonfiction is Remaking Appalachia: Ecosocialism, Ecofeminism, and Law by Nicholas F. Stump. In fiction they are Call it Horses by Jessie van Eerden and Pop by Robert Gipe. In poetry they are Perfect Black by Crystal Wilkinson and  Back to the Light by George Ella Lyon.

My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson is also one of five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Two authors  with strong ties to Appalachian were selected for the 2022 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. They are George Ella Lyon and Loyal Jones.

Where I Can’t Follow by Ashley Blooms is one of twelve new releases for Spring 2022 recommended by Deep South magazine.

Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community by Susan E. Keefe and the Junaluska Heritage Association has been chosen for ASC Common Reading Program next academic year.

Rita Quillen’s Wayland is a March Bonus Book pick by the International Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy Book Club.