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Shepherd University Foundation announces fifth volume of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers

ISSUED: 29 May 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd University Foundation announces fifth volume of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation and the West Virginia Center for the Book announce the publication of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Gretchen Moran Laskas Volume V.

While the anthology centers on the work of Gretchen Moran Laskas, Appalachian writers from across the country are represented in the volume, as well as heritage writer Mary Noailles Murfree, credited as the first female Appalachian writer to be published. Works by winners of the 2012 West Virginia Fiction Competition are published in the book, including first-place prize winner Rebbecca Morris, "Folk Tune"; second-place prize winner Diane Tarantini, "Black Lungs"; and third-place prize winner Robin Harbrecht, "Grandma."

Writers and photographers from Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, New Zealand, and Maryland submitted their work, were selected through blind submissions, and vetted by writers from the Appalachian Writers Guild and editors Natalie Sypolt, Dave Hoffman, and Charlotte Henning. Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Shepherd's Appalachian studies coordinator and director of the 2013 NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers "Voices from the Misty Mountain," is managing editor and Appalachian heritage writers project director.

To order copies of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Gretchen Moran Laskas Volume V, visit local bookstores or Shepherd's bookstore at www.shepherdbook.com (click on the "Trade Books" link), call 304-876-5219, or fax 304-876-5130.

For more information on the Appalachian Heritage Writer's Project, visit www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/.

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Pictured above (l. to r.) are Monica Lingenfelter, executive vice president of the Shepherd University Foundation; Dr. Sylvia Shurbutt, Shepherd's Appalachian studies coordinator and professor of English; Michael A. Smith, president of the Shepherd University Foundation; and Dr. Suzanne Shipley, president of Shepherd University.

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