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Appalachian writer and heritage events planned September 24-October 1

ISSUED: 13 September 2021

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The work of Marie Manilla, this year’s Shepherd University Writer-in-Residence, is inspiring events at this year’s annual Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence and Appalachian Heritage Festival. Events run September 24 through October 1. All are free and open to the public. Many will be streamed live on Shepherd’s YouTube channel or will be available via Zoom, making them accessible to audiences around the world.

Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her novel, The Patron Saint of Ugly, won the Weatherford Award and is the 2021 One Book One West Virginia common reading selection. Shrapnel received the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel. Stories in her collection, “Still Life with Plums,” first appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, Calyx, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in Word Riot, Cossack Review, Hippocampus, and Under the Sun, and Still.

“This is really a celebration not just of Appalachia but also of West Virginia,” said Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, director, Shepherd Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities. “The programs planned around the work of Marie Manilla all contribute to understanding our resiliency and to the healing and joy that telling our stories afford.”

In addition to a weeklong series of events highlighting Manilla’s work, the Appalachian Heritage Festival will take place Saturday, September 25, with workshops and a free evening concert.

Both programs are funded by the West Virginia Center for the Book, West Virginia Library Commission, West Virginia Humanities Council, Shepherd University Foundation, and Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities. These annual programs and Appalachian heritage celebrations are developed by the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd and the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities.

Currently, face coverings are required for all indoor activities. Those attending performances in person will be required to follow Shepherd’s current COVID-19 policies. Before attending this or any event on campus, visit our COVID-19 information page to learn what policies are in effect.

For more information, including links to YouTube and Zoom sessions, visit the Marie Manilla Appalachian Writer-in-Residence webpage.

The schedule for the week includes:

September 1-30

September 24

September 25

September 27

September 28

September 29

September 30

October 1

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