In the News . . .
~ Check out recent releases from these Still contributors:
~ 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.
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)
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"
Susan Tekulve "The Peach Season"
~ 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. The publisher, West Virginia University Press, states, "The sixty-three fiction writers and poets within this anthology delve deep into the many senses of place that modern West Virginia, the core of Appalachia, inspires. Throughout this collection, we see profound wonder, questioning, and conflicts involving family, sexual identity, class, discrimination, environmental beauty, and peril, and all the sorts of rebellion, error, contemplation, and contentment that an intrepid soul can devise.
These stories and poems, all published within the last fifteen years, are grounded in what it means to live in and identify with a complex place."
~ Our fiction editor, Silas House, recently debuted his folk opera, In These Fields, at the Southern Foodways Alliance Fall Symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. In These Fields, co-written with musician Sam Gleaves, sketches the entwined histories of four generations of Southerners, mixing Cherokee, Scots-Irish, and African American bloodlines and influences. The SFA Fall Symposium theme was "Corn as Symbol, Sustenance, and Problem."
Photo: © Mike Wajda
~ Our creative nonfiction editor, Karen Salyer McElmurray, is serving as a fiction mentor in the Women's Voices Mentorship Program for Writers, which provides graduate-level study for women with mentors who are both professional writers and professional teachers.
~ Our poetry editor, Marianne Worthington, recently wrote the liner notes for Daniel Martin Moore's latest CD release, Archives Vol. II - Old Steptone
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