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Appalachian Journal highlights local storyteller Orville Hicks

OrvilleHicks_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian Journal, a publication of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University, has published its latest issue.

This double issue, Volume 37, Issues 1 and 2, features a lively interview with renowned Appalachian storyteller Orville Hicks. The issue also contains an article by Andrew Denson on public memory and the Tsali monument in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Donna Summerlin’s study of gender, race and religion in Silas House’s novels.

Another feature in this issue is poetry by Gil Allen, Michael Dowdy and Janice Townley Moore, in addition to poets whose work has never before appeared in Appalachian Journal: North Carolinian Emily E. Hancock and native Kentuckian Sandra Farmer.

The double issue features reviews of Thomas Kiffmeyer’s book, “Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and The War on Poverty” and Sharon McCrumb’s latest novel, “Once Around the Track,” and six other reviews of books and DVDs.

Every issue of the Appalachian Journal chronicles current events about Appalachia.

The next issue, by guest editor Bruce Stewart of Appalachian’s Department of History, will be a special issue on women in Appalachia, to be released in early summer 2010.

Founded in 1972, the journal publishes interviews, field research, and other scholarly studies of history, politics, economics, culture, folklore, literature, music, ecology and a variety of other topics, as well as reviews of books, films and recordings—all dealing with the Appalachian mountain region.

The current issue is available at the University Bookstore and the office of the Appalachian Journal. For subscription information, visit the website at or contact editor Sandra L. Ballard at 828-262-4072 or e-mail