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Anthology of Appalachian Writers 16th volume now available

ISSUED: 29 May 2024
MEDIA CONTACT: Cecelia Mason

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities announces that the Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Ann Pancake Volume XVI is now available.]

Photo of Julie Shehan holding the anthology book standing in front of a quilt.This volume centers on the work of West Virginia author Ann Pancake and boasts work from writers from across the country. Two poet laureates are featured in the volume, Kari Gunter Seymour from Ohio and Marc Harshman from West Virginia. Work from up-and-coming young writers like Torli Bush, local poets like Tom Donlon, fiction writers such as Cat Pleska and Lois Spencer, and local essayists including James King and Susan Thompson are included in this volume.

The anthology features winners of the West Virginia Center for the Book’s Fiction Competition. Joelle McDonald’s “A Mourner,” Riley Kilmore’s “Mother, May I,” and Audrey Chapman’s “Belly’s Angel” are the three winners Pancake selected for publication in this anthology.

This volume was edited by David O. Hoffman, Dr. E. J. Wade, Julie Shehan, and Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt.

The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is supported by the West Virginia Library Commission, Shepherd University Foundation, and Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities with funding by the West Virginia Center for the Book and West Virginia Humanities Council.

The book is available at the Shepherd University Bookstore and at Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

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