#35: Winter, 2021


makalani bandele   poetry

Ashley Bloooms   fiction

Avery M. Guess   creative nonfiction

Rebecca Hamilton   creative nonfiction

Silas House   creative nonfiction

Amelia Martens   poetry

Brandy ReneeMcCann   creative nonfiction

Meredith McCarroll   creative nonfiction

Abby Minor   poetry

Danni Quintos   poetry

Sue Neal Roberts   creative nonfiction

Clayton Spencer   poetry

Larry D. Thacker   fiction

Jacinda Townsend   fiction

Tara Stillions Whitehead   fiction


Interview with Ashley Blooms, author of Every Bone a Prayer

". . . one of the amazing things about language (and names and identity) is that their meaning can change over time and be reclaimed by those who were harmed by the language in the first place."

Featured Artist

Archival photography from William R. "Pictureman" Mullins via Appalshop Archive Collections

". . . his subjects were young, old, black, white, immigrant and native born." 

Still Life ~ craft & creativity

Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs 
from Write it! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire

"Who makes you who you are, both for bad and good? . . . Don’t write what you do remember, write what’s missing."


Yola, "Queen of Country Soul"

"Yola released her critically acclaimed debut album Walk Through Fire in February 2019, establishing herself as the queen of country soul from the very first note."


Book Review

Jessica Cory on A Place So Deep Inside America It Can't Be Seen, poems by Kari Gunter-Seymour (Sheila Na-Gig Editions)


Book Review

Chelyen Davis on Working It Off In Labor County, stories by Larry Thacker
(West Virginia University Press)


Open Submission Dates: March 15-31, 2021

March 15-31: We are open for submissions in poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and flash CNF via Submittable. Submissions are free.


A letter from the editors about this issue and changes ahead

Marianne Worthington & Karen Salyer McElmurray, editors

photo by Dereck Hammers

Still: The Journal is an online literary magazine publishing Appalachian literary, visual, and musical artists since 2009. 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." 

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