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New issue of Appalachian Journal published

AppalachianJournal_t.jpgBOONE—The latest issue of the Appalachian Journal features articles ranging from sustainable sheep farming to fiction by Lee Smith. The journal is available from the University Bookstore at Appalachian State University, the journal’s office in Belk Library and Information Commons on campus, or online at

The new issue includes the work of nine first-time contributors to the journal.

Tracy Turner Jarrell’s examination of sheep production in Watauga County originated in her master’s thesis and is a revised version of her prize-winning essay which received the Carl Ross Award for best student essay from the Appalachian Studies Association. Jarrell received a Master of Arts degree in Appalachian studies from Appalachian in May. Women’s studies professor Peggy Dunn Bailey from Henderson State University in Arkansas offers a lively analysis of the Southern gothic in Lee Smith’s “Saving Grace.”

Dr. Bruce A. Dick from Appalachian’s Department of English and recent honors graduate Forrest Yerman have their interview of Frank X Walker included in the journal.

A review essay by John Hennen focuses on the work of Harry Caudill and William Jolliff on “truth-telling” in Appalachian poetry. Book and music reviews highlight recent works on such subjects as Bruce E. Stewart’s book “Moonshiners and Prohibitionists,” reviewed by Kevin T. Barksdale; Jack Wright’s “Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields” reviewed by Katherine Hoffman; Carol Mason’s “Reading Appalachia from Left to Right,” reviewed by Edwina Pendarvis; and Katrina M. Powell’s book on “Letters of Mountain Families in Shenandoah National Park, 1934-1938,” reviewed by Sara M. Gregg.

Also included in the journal is Appalachian alumna Susan Pepper’s review of a folk music collection by Anne Grimes; Kimberley Holloway’s review of a collection of essays on Barbara Kingsolver, and Thomas Alan Holmes, a collection on James Dickey. Philis Alvic’s review of Greta McDonough’s new book on Lucy Furman is also in the publication.

Appalachian Journal also includes Mary Hodges’s review of Lisa J. Parker’s poetry collection that won the 2010 Appalachian Studies Award for best book of poetry, “This Gone Place”; and fiction reviews of Silas House’s “Eli the Good,” reviewed by Robert C. Poister, and Gardiner Harris’s “Hazard,” reviewed by Tom Hansell. Hansell is a member of the Appalachian studies faculty and works with University Documentary Film Services at Appalachian.

The issue also features poetry by Gilbert Allen, George Ella Lyon, Suzanne Underwood Rhodes, and Frank X Walker.

One-year subscriptions to the journal are $24 and are available by writing to Appalachian Journal, Belk Library and Information Commons, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608.