Stall Vendor, Cloth Hall, Krakow, Poland / © Greta McDonough

Still: The Journal 

                                                                                                             #18 Summer, 2015

David Joy                   
           What Cannot Be Carried Alone

C. Williams
           WXY & Z

Zach Williams

Pauletta Hansel
            My Father’s Photograph

Holly Haworth
            The Weight of Things 

Gabriel Morley
            Small Evils

Dana Wildsmith


 Koronek lacemaker, Istebna, Poland / © Greta McDonough

featured artist 

                         David Underwood

                         Angaleena Presley


Rural spectators that gather in my soul, people of the hills,
            people from the outskirts of town who barter
            & trade in the plaza, the one that pounds rosemary
            on a quartz stone & the one who establishes hives
            among the heather. Land of the basket weavers,
            land of harmonica players 
& sellers of fodder in the
            expanse of fog. 
                                                             -Juan Carlos Mestre


               Poems by Juan Carlos Mestre translated
                    from Spanish by Jeremy Dae Paden

Win Bassett

Matthew Haughton

Kathleen Brewin Lewis

Sandra Marchetti

Joshua Martin

Rosemary Royston

Ida Stewart

A.E. Stringer


A Poetry Sampler: Links


Sean Corbin
M. Brett Gaffney
Adam Lambert
Dominique Traverse Locke
John C. Mannone
Sosha Pinson
Maryelizabeth Pope
Nicole Tong
Robert West
Nicole Yurcaba

Lora Smith reviews Aimee Zaring's Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods


              Aimee Zaring


 Train Station,  Olomouc, Czech Republic / © Greta McDonough 

special feature 

Scott Miller: Going Home, a film

Grant Alden, a feature on Scott Miller

 Busker, Old Town, Prague /  © Greta McDonough

In the news . . . 


 ~ So many contributors to Still: The Journal have published new books in the last year that we wanted to congratulate a few of them. You can find publishing/ordering information by clicking the title of each writer’s work. Cheers!

 Bill Brown     Elemental
 Catherine Pritchard Childress     Other
 Sue Eisenfeld     Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal
 Robert Gipe     Trampoline
 Jesse Graves     Basin Ghosts
 Connie Jordan Green     Household Inventory
 Michael Henson     The Way the World Is
 Jane Hicks     Driving with the Dead
 Janice Hornburg     Perspectives
 David Joy     Where All Light Tends To Go
 Kathleen Brewin Lewis     Fluent in Rivers
 Denton Loving     Crimes Against Birds
 George Ella Lyon     What Forest Knows and Voices from the March on Washington
 Sandra Marchetti     Confluence
 Mark Powell    The Sheltering
 Katherine Smith     Woman Alone on the Mountain
 Eric Scott Sutherland     Pendulum
 Jonathan Travelstead     How We Bury Our Dead
 Susan O'Dell Underwood     Love and Other Hungers
 Charles Dodd White     A Shelter of Others
 William Kelley Woolfitt     Beauty Strip
 William Wright     Tree Heresies: Poems

~ We also congratulate Still contributor Neela Vaswani on her GRAMMY Award for Best Children's Album (2015) ~ I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, read by Neela Vaswani. Read more about Neela's award.

~ The editors congratulate George Ella Lyon, the newly-appointed Poet Laureate of Kentucky. We look forward to all the literary programs and progress she will bring to the Commonwealth. Congratulations!

~ We congratulate our creative non-fiction editor, Karen Salyer McElmurray, on the forthcoming release of Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, a collection of creative nonfiction from contemporary writers that she co-edited with Adrian Blevins. The writers in Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean explore the theme of silencing in Appalachian culture through faith, class, work, and family. Read more or order here

~In our last issue we featured an interview with documentary photographer Roger May who spoke about his Looking at Appalachia project . We share this good news about that project: The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University Libraries will serve as the archival repository for Looking at Appalachia, collecting "digital files, prints from the travelling exhibition curated by Mr. May, field notes written by photographers, and other related ephemera." May's Looking at Appalachia project was recently featured in "Lens," the blog of photography, video, and visual journalism at The New York Times.

~Our banner and homepage images for this issue are used by permission of Greta McDonough. Greta spent three months in the Czech Republic in early 2015 teaching social work and traveling in the region. Her photography has been featured in Kudzu, and photos of her time in Ukraine have been used in a benefit for Ukrainian refugees displaced by the violence there. Greta has two documentary photo projects in development. She lives and writes in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Still fiction editor Silas House is hosting The Appalachian Symposium on September 9 and 10, 2015 at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. The Appalachian Symposium is a gathering of major Appalachian writers where they discuss literature, place, stereotypes, diversity, craft, and more in public conversations and panel presentations. All events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Find out more by visiting The Appalachian Symposium website

~ Still: The Journal was awarded the e-Appalachia Award for Outstanding Website from the 
Appalachian Studies Association in March, 2014. The award is presented annually "in recognition of an outstanding website that provides insight on Appalachia and its people, or provides a vital community service to Appalachia."

 Olomouc, Czech Republic /  © Greta McDonough

 Saturday morning, city centre, Olomouc, Czech Republic / © Greta McDonough



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