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 ~ Check out recent news from these Still contributors: 

Kayla Rae Whitaker was featured as one of the “Writers to Watch” in a recent issue of Publisher’s Weekly. Her debut novel,
 The Animators, (Randon House) has been widely received. Read our interview with Kayla Rae in this issue of Still: The Journal.  
Richard Hague’s essay, “A Day and A Night on the Late Big Bone,” won the 2016 Nowhere Magazine Spring Travel Writing Contest and was recently published in the 2017 Nowhere Print Annual.

Rebecca Gayle Howell won the 2016 Sexton Prize for Poetry. The collection, American Purgatory, is available from Eyewear Publishing, London.

One Man's Dark, poems by Maurice Manning, was recently released from Copper Canyon Press. 
Crystal Wilkinson’s novel Birds of Opulence was recently awarded three book prizes: the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, the 2017 Judy Gaines Young Book Award from Transylvania University, and the 2016 Weatherford Award for fiction. The University Press of Kentucky released Crystal’s first two collections of stories, Blackberries, Blackberries, and Water Street in new paperback editions in 2017.

David Underwood's solo exhibition of photo/mixed-media artworks is featured at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, West Virginia, March 03-April 28.

Christopher Martin was named winner of The Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction for his collection of essays entitled This Gladdening Light: Reflections on Fatherhood and Faith, forthcoming in 2017 from Mercer University Press.
M. Brett Gaffney's chapbook, Feeding the Dead, is soon to be released from Porkbelly Press.
Tasha Cotter's new collection of poems is Girl in the Cave, published by Tree Light Books.
Fire Is Your Water, is Jim Minick's debut novel, released recently by Ohio University Press.

Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia, is edited by Still contributors Laura Long and Doug Van Gundy (West Virginia University Press)

~ We invited writers and musicians to share a favorite writing prompt or craft lesson, or to tell us about a book/poem/song that affected them. We asked them to offer opinions and experiences on creativity, artistic processes, and the role of arts in culture. We're offering them as occasional features on creativity that we're calling Still Life. 


~ Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Weatherford Awards, including Still contributors Crystal Wilkinson (The Birds of Opulence for fiction) and Marc Harshman (Believe What You Can for poetry). Steven E. Nash’s Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains won for nonfiction.

~ Many thanks to our readers who supported our contests this year and to our judges: Amy Greene (fiction), Ellen Hagan (poetry), and Sonja Livingston (creative nonfiction). Visit our contest page to read the winners and to see a complete list of finalists.

~ Read fiction editor Silas House’s essay on traveling and grieving, “Into the Hazelwood,” featured recently in Nowhere Magazine.

~ Our poetry editor, Marianne Worthington, wrote the Afterword for Water Street by Crystal Wilkinson, recently issued as a new paperback edition by University Press of Kentucky.

~ Still: The Journal announces our nominations for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. Congratulations to our contributors: 

Leslie LaChance, "Vesper" (poetry)
Bill King, "Postcard from the Tygart" (poetry)
William Woolfitt, "1830s Triptych" (fiction)
Natalie Sypolt, "The Sound of Holding Your Breath"
Rachel Rosolina, "Cold Light" (creative nonfiction)
Elizabeth Gaucher, "Allons, Enfants: A Young 
      Appalachian in Paris"
(creative nonfiction)

~ Still: The Journal announces our nominations for the 2016 Best of the Net awards. Congratulations to our contributors: 

Janna McMahan, "
Scab" (fiction)
Larry Thacker, "Dead of Winter" (fiction)
Kathleen Driskell "At New Hope Facility" (poetry)
D. A. Gray "Nocturne" (poetry)
Matthew Haughton "Tobacco Fields" (poetry)
Sonja Johanson "murmuration" (poetry)
Leslie LaChance "Vesper" (poetry)
Sosha Pinson "Re-entering The Garden" (poetry)
Julia Campbell Johnson "Crossing Over"
      (creative nonfiction)
Susan Tekulve "The Peach Season"
      (creative nonfiction)


Still Throwback
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