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Appalachian Journal’s double issue highlights regional filmmaking, activism and literature

BOONE—Appalachian Journal has released a double issue (Vol. 41, No. 1-2) that includes reflections on Appalachian filmmaking and discussions of literature and Appalachian women’s literacy. It also contains new poems by Robert Morgan, John Thomas York, Gilbert Allen, Mark DeFoe, Emily Hancock, R.M. Kinder, David Holt, Hilda Downer and Rita Quillen. Current events and reviews of recent books and media complete the issue.

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The journal is based at Appalachian State University and is edited by Professor Sandra L. Ballard.

The issue features a roundtable discussion of activism in “Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia,” edited by Stephen Fisher and Barbara Ellen Smith, and published by the University of Illinois Press in 2012. The conversation includes Meredith McCarroll, Mary Anglin, Guy Larry Osborne, Beth Vanlandingham, Theresa Burriss, Rebecca Scott, Drew Swanson and Chad Berry.

An in-depth interview delves into the work of independent filmmaker Tom Davenport. Lynn Moss Sanders and nine of her former Appalachian State University graduate students talk with Davenport about his decades-long career documenting American life and exploring folklore.

An ethnographic study by Amy D. Clark, associate professor of English and communication studies at UVA-Wise and co-editor of “Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community,” investigates the transmission of learning and literacy, including its vernacular forms, in the lives of Central Appalachian women.

Zackary Vernon, a Ph.D. candidate and English teaching fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, explores Southern Appalachian identity in Ron Rash’s poetry and novels.

Ron Roach, chair of the Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, presents an analysis of Alexander Key’s works, including “Escape to Witch Mountain,” made famous by Disney films. Roach focuses on Key’s strong sense of place and recurring themes of apocalypse and wilderness.

The double issue also includes reviews of nine books, as well as a DVD documentary on Ray Hicks and Beech Mountain storytellers. Reviewers include John Lang, Gary Walker, Susan Keefe, Thomas A. McGowan, Gilbert Allen and others. “Signs of the Times,” “Chronicle” and “By the Numbers” highlight recent news and facts from across the region.

Visit for more information. For subscription information, see To purchase this double issue, send payment of $20 along with your name and address to Appalachian Journal, Belk Library Box 32026, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608.

Appalachian Journal is also available at the Appalachian State University Bookstore.