Stall Vendor, Cloth Hall, Krakow, Poland / © Greta McDonough
Still: The Journal
#18 Summer, 2015
What Cannot Be Carried Alone
WXY & Z
My Father’s Photograph
The Weight of Things
Koronek lacemaker, Istebna, Poland / © Greta McDonough
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.
Poems by Juan Carlos Mestre translated
from Spanish by Jeremy Dae Paden
Kathleen Brewin Lewis
A Poetry Sampler: Links
M. Brett Gaffney
Dominique Traverse Locke
John C. Mannone
Lora Smith reviews Aimee Zaring's Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods
Train Station, Olomouc, Czech Republic / © Greta McDonough
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!
George Ella Lyon What Forest Knows and Voices from the March on Washington
Sandra Marchetti Confluence
~ 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.
~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