Our mission is to provide a free website that offers the finest in contemporary
literary writing of Central Appalachia, or the Mountain South. 

Still: The Journal was established in October, 2009, and is published three times a year, in February, June and October.

Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clich├ęs and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.

Co-founder and Fiction Editor:
            Silas House     
Co-founder and Poetry Editor:
            Marianne Worthington     
Creative Nonfiction Editor:
              Karen McElmurray     

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Co-founder and former Creative Nonfiction Editor:
            Jason Howard

Student editors:
       Emily Masters
       Sam Gleaves

       Kristin Gotch
       Rachel Dellaposta
       Kendra Peek




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About our name . . .


To be a writer is to learn how to be still.

The moonshine still is one of the oldest stereotypical images of Appalachia.

As a culture, Appalachia has been told for decades that it is disappearing. We are still here, proud and strong as ever.

James Still, author of River of Earth, The Wolfpen Poems and other fine works, is the grandfather of modern Appalachian literature and has inspired us all.