MACED’s thirty years of building relationships in Appalachia have revealed a community of people who defy the stereotypes. They are resourceful, grounded and substantial. Their struggles are relevant to the larger nation as we balance the need to strengthen the economy with the need to respect the environment, to insist on living wages and to create opportunity for residents to achieve their dreams.
To celebrate these values and MACED’s 30th anniversary, we asked writers across the region to submit original works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Mike Mullins, executive director of Hindman Settlement School and the Appalachian Writers Conference and Squire Babcock, program director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Murray State University, were helpful in identifying bright new writers.
Dozens of works were submitted. Twenty-two were chosen on topics ranging from Appalachian ancestors voyaging across the ocean to America to musing about turtles; from volunteers at a hospitality house for families of inmates of a new penitentiary to Dr. Thomas Walker’s first peering through Cumberland Gap.
The final product is a 44-page booklet titled “Standing on the Mountain: Voices of Appalachia.” It is available for $8 per copy, postage paid. To order, call 859-986-2373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the sixteen authors who contributed their creative writing.
Artie Ann Bates
E. Gail Chandler
Claude Lafie Crum
Norma Ramsey Eversole
Melva Sue Priddy
Leif Erickson Rigney
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