Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2018 Conference

AWP2018 in Tampa, FL, is happening now through Saturday—The WVWC MFA program has a table in the Bookfair, so be sure to drop by and say hello.

Karen Salyer McElmurray (Prose Faculty) will be on the panel “Fierce Muses” with Gina Frangelo, Paul Lisicky, Carter Sickels, and Eiren Caffall on March 8 from 12-1:15 p.m. She will also be on the panel “Blood of My Blood” with Janice Gary, Camille Dungy, Connie May Fowler, and Reyna Grande on March 10 from 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Jessie van Eerden (Director) will hold an author signing at the Orison Books Bookfair Table Friday, March 9, from 2-4 p.m. She will also be reading for the Willow Springs & Florida Review at Four Green Fields on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

WVWC MFA Student and Alumni Publications

Self-Portrait, Houston” by Julia Kastner (Nonfiction ’19) can be found in SLAG GLASS CITY.

I Found My Father in S-Town” by Delaney McLemore (Nonfiction ’18) was recently published in Entropy Literary Magazine

In and Out of the Horse Latitudes by Mary Imo Stike (Poetry ’15) is available for pre-order. Watch for an interview with Mary next month! Get a sampling of Mary’s work in the anthology Voices on Unity: Coming Together, Falling Apart.

The Art of Deception” by Lara Beth Lillibridge (Nonfiction ’16) was published by The Sunlight Press.

Old Scars, New Wounds” by Lisa Hayes Minney (Nonfiction ’17) is in Entropy Literary Magazine.

Alternative Facts” by Lin Kaatz Chary (Nonfiction ’19) is in The Chicago Tribune.

The Moth in the Stair” by CM Chapman (Fiction ’15) has been nominated for a Pushcart from Still: The Journal.

Larry Thacker’s poems (Poetry ’18) will be published in Regal House’s Howling up to the Sky; Iceview Magazine; Ink & Nebula; War, Literature & the Arts; and Still: The Journal.

Phill Provance (Poetry ’19) has an academic review of the critical-essay anthology Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Halston forthcoming in the next issue of the Journal of Appalachian Studies (JAS), and Phill’s poem “Of Beauty & Things” was named one of three Honorable Mention Finalist entries for the 2017 Ron Rash Award by judge Bill Brown and will be published in an upcoming issue of the Broad River Review.

Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) 2018 Conference

ASA Conference is right around the corner, and WVWC MFA will have a table in the Exhibit Hall. Many WVWC faculty and alumni will be presenting. Plan to attend!

April 6, 1-2:15 p.m. – “Profits and/or Prophets from the Mountains,” Karen Salyer McElmurray and Danielle Kelly (Fiction ’15) with Karen Spears Zacharias and Bill King.

April 6, 2:30-3:45 p.m. – “Inside, Outside: West Virginia Writers on Place,” Doug Van Gundy (Poetry Faculty) and Jonathan Corcoran (Fiction Faculty) with Natalie Sypolt, Gretchen Moran Laskas, Randi Ward, and Melissa Minske.

April 6, 4-5:15 p.m. – “Running with Whiskey: A Multimedia Performance Exploring Place, Identity, and Extractive Industry,” Marc Harshman and Doug Van Gundy.

April 7, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – “Outliers: Voices of Place and Displacement,” Karen Salyer McElmurray and Jessie van Eerden with Crystal Wilkinson and Cathryn Hankla.

April 8, 9:45-11 a.m. – “The Danger of a Single Story: Ripping the Seams of Stereotypes and Piecing the People Back Together,” Danielle Kelly, Jonathan Corcoran, Mary Imo Stike, and Carter Sickels.

April 8, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Amanda Jo Slone (Fiction ’17) will be presenting with Kim Willard and Richard Underwood about her Special Topics Appalachian Murder Ballads class: “CrimeSong in the Classroom.”