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Shepherd publishes Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II

ISSUED: 19 May 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd publishes Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University has published the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II, with support and funding from the West Virginia Center for the Book and Shepherd University Foundation.

This collection, influenced by the works of novelist Silas House, the 2009 recipient of Shepherd's Appalachian Heritage Writer's Award, deals with environmental destruction of the region, everyday lives of working people of Appalachia, self-acceptance, tolerance, regional pride and traditions, and ideas of "giving away" and "transitions."

The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is a publication that encourages a long-established tradition of storytelling, love of language, and creative expression associated broadly with the area of the country known as Appalachia. Though the principal mission of the anthology is to provide a venue for publication of new writers, it also provides a collection of literature and scholarship that contributes to an understanding and appreciation for the region. Poetry, fiction, memoir, heritage writers, as well as new voices appear in each annual volume of the anthology. The anthology is supported by the Shepherd University Foundation and the West Virginia Center for the Book. The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is part of the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence and Writers Project.

The anthology can be purchased from the Shepherd University Bookstore or online at www.shepherdbook.com. For information or to order the book online, see the Anthology of Appalachian Writers at www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/anthology/.

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Pictured above are (l. to r.) Monica Lingenfelter, executive vice president of the Shepherd University Foundation; Dr. Suzanne Shipley, president of Shepherd University; and Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, managing editor of the Anthology and professor of English.

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