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Our mission is to provide a free website that offers excellent contemporary literary writing. Our emphasis is on the literature of the Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing quality writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region. We also feature writers with connections to the region. Still: The Journal has been publishing established and emerging writers, musicians, and visual artists since 2009. We publish three times a year, usually in February, June and October.

Co-founder and Poetry Editor:
Marianne Worthington   
Marianne is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, editor, and educator. Her work has appeared in Oxford American, CALYX, Cheap Pop, Reckon Review, and Grist, among other places. She received the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and artist’s grants from Kentucky Foundation for Women. She co-edited Piano in a Sycamore: Writing Lessons from the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop and is author of a poetry chapbook. Her poetry collection is forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky, 2022. She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and lives, writes, and teaches in southeast Kentucky.

Creative Nonfiction Editor:
Karen Salyer McElmurray    
Karen writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her memoir, Surrendered Child, won the AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction. She is also the author of Wanting Radiance, a novel from University Press of Kentucky, Motel of the Stars, Editor's Pick from Oxford American, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (University of Georgia Press), a novel that won the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing, and Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, an anthology co-edited with Adrian Blevins, from Ohio University Press. Her essays have won the Annie Dillard Prize, the New Southerner Prize, the Orison Magazine Anthology Award and have several times been "Notable" in Best American Essays. A collection of her essays is forthcoming from Iris Books.  

Co-founder and former Fiction Editor:
Silas House
Co-founder and former Creative Nonfiction Editor:
Jason Howard
Student editors:
Sam Gleaves
Kristin Gotch
Rachel Dellaposta
Emily Masters
Kendra Peek

Piano in a Sycamore: Writing Lessons from the Appalachian Writers' Workshop is a unique handbook for readers and writers featuring writing instruction and advice from selected staff members of the acclaimed Appalachian Writers' Workshop at Hindman Settlement School from the last forty years. The first Appalachian Writers' Workshop was organized in the summer of 1977 when Albert Stewart invited fellow Kentucky writers Harriette Simpson Arnow, James Still, and Billy C. Clark to the Forks of Troublesome to teach creative writing to the first gathering of about twenty students. Today the workshop has become known as the literary heartbeat for an entire region. Piano in a Sycamore covers a wide range of topics including writing prompts, meditations on the writing process, reading suggestions, and very specific craft suggestions for writers. This anthology is a must-have for anyone who loves writing, reading, or the life-changing experiences of the Appalachian Writers' Workshop. (Edited by Still editors Silas House and Marianne Worthington. Proceeds benefit Hindman Settlement School and the Appalachian Writers' Workshop.)
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