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Shepherd publishes anthology

ISSUED: 5 May 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd publishes anthology)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University has published the new "Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Adriana Trigiani Volume I." The anthology represents Appalachian writers across the region, from South Carolina to West Virginia, including Trigiani herself.

Trigiani was the 2008 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence (AHWIR) at Shepherd, and as senior advising editor of the anthology, selected specifically the winners of the 2008 West Virginia Fiction Competition, "Potatoes for a Visitor" by Russell Myers, "Janice" by Jennifer Cavender, and "A Bunch of Roosters" by Kathryn Wilson to go into the book. Other award-winning Appalachian writers whose work is published in the volume include Llewellyn McKernan, E. D. Pendarvis, Marc Harshman, and Jeff Mann.

Each volume centers on the work of the Appalachian Heritage. Writer-in-Residence, with Trigiani being the focus of the 2009 volume. The book begins with a discussion of her work as a master storyteller, looking at "Big Stone Gap" and other novels that have made Trigiani's writing a success.

The anthology, published by Shepherd, had funding from the West Virginia Center for the Book and the Shepherd University Foundation. The senior managing editor is Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, AHWIR project director, and senior editors are regional poet, teacher, and editor Ethan Fischer, and West Virginia writer Charlotte Henning.

The book will be officially debuted on Tuesday, September 29, at 7 p.m. as part of the Appalachian Heritage Writers Project and Festival. For information see

The anthology will be published each year, with the 2010 volume focusing on the work of Kentucky writer Silas House, who will also serve as an editorial advisor and come to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in the fall as the 11th Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University. The book can be purchased from the Shepherd University Bookstore or at For information, visit


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Photographed above are (l. to r.) Monica Lingenfelter, executive vice president of the Shepherd Foundation; Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, AHWIR project director; Ray Alvarez, president of the Shepherd Foundation; and Dr. Suzanne Shipley, president of Shepherd University.

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