Appalachian News and Events
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Tina L. Hanlon
Ferrum College

            Note: This is not a comprehensive listing of Appalachian news and events, but we will post any news about Appalachian studies and events of interest to AppLit's contributors and readers. Links are to press releases (many with photos) or web sites with more information on organizations and events. You'll find some "old news" below, but it will give you a survey of many of the Appalachian people and programs that we value, as well as landmarks in the history of AppLit. If you have a news item you would like us to post here, send it to Tina L. Hanlon.
 
DATE EVENT
Mar. 16, 2010 Women's Leadership Conference, Ferrum College, VA. Theme: Sustainability. Lecture by Dr. Jean Haskell, co-editor of Encyclopedia of Appalachia, panel of Monacan leaders, book signing with regional authors, and more.
Mar. 27-29, 2009 Thirty-Second Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. Theme "Connecting Appalachia and the World Through Traditional and Contemporary Arts, Crafts, and Music."
Mar. 24, 2009 Women's Leadership Conference, Ferrum College, VA. Theme: Gender Roles in a Shrinking World. Includes "Women’s Voices, Women’s Woes: Folk Ballads as Female Space" by Dr. Katie Hoffman, English professor and folk singer. Click here for 2009 flyer (pdf.) and conference schedule (.doc).
Mar. 11, 2009 Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker will speak at Ferrum College. Contact Dr. Susan V. Mead, smead@ferrum.edu.
Feb. 26, 2009 Jane Gentry, poet laureate of Kentucky for 2007-08, to speak at Hollins University. 8 p.m. in Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library.
Spring 2008 Appalachian Cluster courses offered: 3 liberal arts courses focusing on study of the Holocaust. Click here for information sheet. Contact Dr. Susan V. Mead, smead@ferrum.edu.
Nov. 8, 2008 Taubman Museum of Art opens in Roanoke, VA.
Nov. 7-9. 2008 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Louisville, KY. For Appalachian Literature Session on remoteness and isolation, contact George Hovis by Mar. 31, hovisgr@oneonta.edu. For Children's Literature Discussion Circle, contact Jennifer M. Miskec at jennifer.miskec@cnu.edu, by Mar. 11.
Oct. 23-24, 2008 Emory and Henry College Literary Festival features Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker. Other speakers to include Susan Virginia Mead and Theresa Burriss. For more information, contact John Lang (jdlang@ehc.edu).

July 25, 2008

Ferrum Jack Tale Players perform at Farmers' Market, Rocky Mount, VA, 6:10 p.m., Footlights of the Blue Ridge Series


Ferrum Jack Tale Players perform at Booker T. Washington National Monument, Hardy, VA, 2 p.m.


Ferrum Jack Tale Players perform at Spencer-Penn Centre, Spencer, VA. 10 a.m. Info. at 276-340-6504.


Ferrum Jack Tale Players perform at Franklin County Library, Rocky Mount, VA, 6 p.m.

July 5, 2008
June 21, 2008
June 19, 2008
June 8-July 4, 2008 NEH Institute Appalachia Up Close: Regional Study and the Liberal Arts, Ferrum College, VA. Director Peter Crow.
May 22-25, 2008 American Literature Association Convention, San Francisco. See paper call at Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society web site.
May 6-30, 2008 Appalachian Extension at King College offers six semester hours of credit in science, literature and fine arts, focusing on musical heritage, Appalachian sustainability, and Appalachian literature. The 2008 faculty includes author Denise Giardina. See www.king.edu/appalachianextension.
April 14-15, 2008 Women's Leadership Conference, Ferrum College, VA. Theme: social and economic justice. Performances by Mountain Women Rising and The Jack Tale Players and Criminal Justice Dept. performing "Thousand Kites." (Also Wright lecture by Sister Helen Prejean)
Mar. 28-30, 2008 Appalachian Studies Association annual conference: The Road Ahead: The Next Thirty Years of Appalachian Studies. Marshall University, Huntington, WV.
Mar. 26, 2008 Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker will speak at Ferrum College, Blue Ridge Mountain Room, Franklin Hall, Ferrum, VA.
Mar. 20, 2008 Third Thursdays program at Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA. Topic: Appalachian Folktales, with storytelling by Rex Stephenson and discussion with Tina Hanlon.
Mar. 13, 2008

Reel World String Band Trio performs at Ferrum College, Panther's Den, Franklin Hall, Ferrum, VA 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 15-Mar. 17, 2008 “Downtown: West Virginia Urban Coalfield Life, 1946 – 2006.” Earl Dotter Photography Exhibit. Greer Gallery at Ferrum College, Stanley Library. "The photography exhibit shows the urban coalfield life at its height just after World War II. It also shows how the communities struggle with the loss of industry and jobs today. It depicts the miners' living and working conditions while showing the past and present." Lecture and reception 9am, Friday, Feb, 15: Fr. Brian O'Donnell from Wheeling Jesuit University's Appalachian Institute will give a lecture about Earl Dotter in the Greer Gallery. Click on thumbnail at right of "Crouching Man."
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 Blue Ridge Institute Folklife Festival, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA.
Oct. 18-20, 2007 Appalachian College Association Summit X: Mountain Trails, Global Highways, Abingdon, VA.
Oct. 18-19, 2007 Emory and Henry Literary Festival featuring E & H alumnus, poet, essayist, and fiction writer Michael Chitwood. For more information, contact John Lang (jdlang@ehc.edu).
Oct. 5-7, 2007 35th annual National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007 Celebration of 75th Anniversary of Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market and Knoxville, TN
June 27- Nov. 25, 2007 Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee & British Delegations. This Smithsonian Natural History "exhibition presents 18th-century Cherokee and British life from two perspectives: Cherokee society in 1762as seen by British lieutenant and diarist Henry Timberlakeand British society of the same periodas seen through the eyes of three Cherokee leaders who convinced Timberlake to take them to Britain to meet King George III. The exhibition features such objects of daily life as weapons, peace pipes, eyeglasses, uniforms, clothing, tableware, and jewelry." National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D. C.
June 14-16, 2007 Children's Literature Association Conference: Anniversaries, Histories, and Colonialisms. Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. Panels on Virginia writers for children will include presentations by Candice Ransom, Carolyn Reeder, Karen Adams Sulkin, Becky Mushko, Rex Stephenson, Susan Virginia Mead, and Tina Hanlon.
June 8-10, 2007 Just Connections Third Conference, Connections to the Future: A Search for Just and Sustainable Community Models. Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA
Mar. 23-25, 2007 Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee. Theme: Piecing the Appalachian Experience. Celebrating an Organization and Region: The 30th Anniversary of the Appalachian Studies Association. Contact Susan Ambler or Chad Berry.
Nov. 8-10, 2006 Ferrum College Environmental Symposium. Ferrum, VA
Oct. 28, 2006 Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA. Current exhibit: White Liquor, Blue Ridge Style
Oct. 4-6, 2006 Appalachian College Association Summit IX: Teaching, Technology and Tradition: Creating our Appalachian Quilt
Sept. 20-Oct. 10, 2006

Tripping The Light Fantastic, The Exhibition of Fine Art Photographyshowcases fine art photographs of the Appalachian Mountains by artist Terry Amburgey. Agora Gallery, 415 West Broadway in SoHo, New York. To view Amburgey's photography, see http://www.agora-gallery.com/ArtistInvite/Terry_Amburgey.aspx.

Sept. 21-23, 2006 Emory and Henry College 25th Literary Festival.  Incredible line-up of 17 authors for anniversary festival. Contact John Lang.
Aug. 7, 2006 "Straight-up Pickin' on The Crooked Road." Feature in USA Today about the Crooked Road music trail of SW Virginia, with map and photo/audio slideshow on the USA Today web site.
June 22-23, 2006 Workshop on The Folk School Concept in Appalachia, sponsored by Appalachian College Association, Highlander Re and Education Center, New Market, TN.
June 5-30, 2006 NEH Institute Appalachia Up Close: Regional Study and the Liberal Arts, Ferrum College. Director Peter Crow.
Mar. 30, 2006 Reading by author George Ella Lyon at Radford University. Heth Commonwealth, Radford, VA. 7:30 p.m. Contact Jo Ann Asbury.
Mar. 22-26, 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book. Charlottesville, VA. http://www.vabook.org.
Mar. 21-22 Women's Leadership Conference, Ferrum College. Mountain Women Rising performing Monday evening (music, poetry, storytelling). Featured speakers are Bernice Cobbs (class of 1998), principal of Snow Creek Elementary School, Franklin County, VA; and Franki Patton Rutherford, director of Big Creek People in Action, McDowell County, WV. Rutherford's keynote speech is available as Podcast at conference web site.
Mar. 17, 2006 Unveiling of newly published Encyclopedia of Appalachia  is celebrated at Appalachian Studies Association Conference. ETSU news report 3 Mar. 2006. AP article by Duncan Mansfield, "Reference Book Tackles 'Hillbilly' Stereotype: Work Chronicles Facts on Appalachia." Louisville [KY] Courier-Journal 6 Mar. 2006. Similar article "Encyclopedia of Appalachia Offers Realistic Picture of Region" in Kingsport [Tenn.] Times-News 9 Mar. 2006.
Mar. 17-19, 2006 Appalachian Studies Association Conference, "Both Ends of the Road: Making the Appalachian Connection." Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio. AppLit is discussed in session 50, Connecting Teaching, Research and Service with Appalachian Literature and Folklore, by Susan Mead and Tina L. Hanlon.
Mar. 1, 2006 Jack Tale Players Performing Live: Benefit for the Franklin County Humane Society Honoring Dr. Nellie McCaslin, 7:30 p.m. Schoolfield Hall, Sale Theatre, Ferrum College, Ferrum VA.  Free admission.  540-465-4335..
Dec. 9, 2005 Jack Tale Players of Ferrum College celebrate 30th anniversary with reunion show at Callaway Elementary School, Callaway, VA, site of their first full-length Jack Tale show in 1975.  See Ferrum College Press Release.
Nov. 17-20, 2005 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. "On Common Ground."
Postconvention Workshops: Nov. 21-22. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.
Nov. 4-6, 2005 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Atlanta, GA, Sheraton Hotel at Colony Square.
Oct. 29, 2005 Appalachian Teachers' Network 16th Annual Conference. "A Crash Course in Appalachian Studies, Part III." Radford University, Heth Hall, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oct. 28-29, 2005 The Women of Appalachia 7th Annual National Conference. Ohio University-Zanesville.
Oct. 27-29, 2005 Appalachian College Association Summit. Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Virginia. Martin Ramsay, ACA Summit Coordinator, (859) 986-4584, martinr@acaweb.org.  Michelle Vincent and Tina Hanlon (Ferrum College) present Ledford scholarship project "Studying the Oral Tradition with Folktales in the James Taylor Adams Collection." Other students present service learning projects conducted throughout the region in 2005.
Oct. 22-23, 2005 West Virginia Book Festival, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV.
Oct. 22, 2005 32nd Annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA 24088. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. .
Oct. 7-8, 2005 10th Annual Radford Highlanders Festival. Friday: "A Celtic Celebration Downtown." Norwood Square in Downtown. Saturday Highlanders Festival. Moffett and Heth Fields, Radford University, Radford, VA.
Sept. 29-30, 2005 Emory & Henry 24th Annual Literary Festival: Sharyn McCrumb. English Dept. Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA 24327. (540) 944-6143.
Sept. 24-25, 2005 Appalachian Folk Festival, Virginia's Explore Park. Music, historical demonstrations, games, storytelling, and crafts from western Virginia's unique musical and cultural heritage through three centuries (1671, 1757, and 1850). Other events listed at this link also.
Sept. 24, 2005 The Appalachian Women's Alliance Eighth Annual Ironweed Gathering. Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, Tennessee. This year's theme is "Mountain Women Rising: Voices United for Justice and Peace," an opportunity for Appalachian artists and activists to find rejuvenation and inspiration for their work.
Aug. 27, 2005 Book Festival. Franklin County Public Library, 355 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. (540) 483-3098.
Aug. 13-17, 2005 International Research Society for Children's Literature, 17th Biennial Congress, Dublin. Tina Hanlon will present a paper on Appalachian folktales.
July 28-30, 2005 FiddleFest. Roanoke's Celebration of Traditional String Music. Hollins University campus, Roanoke, VA. (540) 366-4616.
July 8-10, 2005 Appalachian Writers Conference. Annual conference of Appalachian Writers Association, hosted at King College for the next 3 years. Kim Holloway, Dept. of English,1350 King College Road, Bristol, TN 37620-2699.
July 20-27, 2005 Summer SAWC. Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. Workshops, public reading, etc. at Wiley’s Last Resort on top of Pine Mountain near Whitesburg, Kentucky. Contact Scott Goebel, scottgoebel@aol.com.
July 8-Sept. 24, 2005 Feeding on Mulberry Leaves: A Barter Theatre Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights Award Winner, and later Appalachian festival plays at this site.
May 11-July 26, 2005 Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre summer season presents Jack Tales and Mark Twain shows. E-mail brdt@ferrum.edu. Phone 540-365-4354. Public performances include Jack Tales at Franklin County Public Library, Rocky Mount, VA, June 14, 6 p.m.; Jack Tales and Mark Twain at Booker T. Washington National Monument, June 25, 2 p.m.
June 6-17, 2005 Twenty-Eighth Annual Highland Summer Conference: Appalachian Writing and Culture. Radford University. Featured authors: Gretchen Moran Laskas, David Huddle, Diane Fisher, Isabel Zuber.
May 24, 2005 Sharyn McCrumb ends book tour with talk on St. Dale at Franklin County Public Library, Rocky Mount, VA.
June 9-12, 2005 Children's Literature Association Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, with theme Performing Childhood
June 3-5, 2005 Just Connections Conference, “Building a Movement for Social Justice through Community Based Education,” Maryville College. Sessions for the conference pertain to Social Justice and its implications for Education, Environment, Arts, Community Based Education, College Students, and Diversity. Contact Kathie Shiba at kathie.shiba@maryvillecollege.edu.
Apr. 14-15, 2005 Symposium: The Media and Appalachia
Centre at Millennium Park, Johnson City, Tennessee
Sponsored by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, East Tennessee State Univ.
April 8-10, 2005 Mountain Women Rising: Voices United for Justice and Peace
Annual Sister Gathering of the Appalachian Women's Alliance
Charleston, West Virginia. www.appalachianwomen.org/sg.html.
Mar. 18-20, 2005 Appalachian Studies Association 28th annual conference, Radford University, Radford, VA. Theme "Vital Words and Vital Actions: Partnerships to Build a Healthy Place."
Feb. 10, 2005 Sharyn McCrumb interviewed on Studio Virginia, with NASCAR driver Ward Burton, about McCrumb's new novel on NASCAR, St. Dale. Listen to program at WVTF.org Public Radio.
2004
Appalachian Authors Guild established. 1928 Front St., Richlands, VA 24641. Web site includes author profiles and bookstore, http://www.appalachianauthorsguild.com.
Nov. 2004 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Roanoke VA, includes sessions on Appalachian literature and culture.
Oct. 30, 2004 Appalachian Teachers' Network Conference, Radford University
Oct. 28-29, 2004 Sixth Annual Women of Appalachia National Conference. Ohio University–Zanesville.
Oct. 23, 2004 31st Annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct. 16-17, 2004 West Virginia Book Festival, Charleston Civic Center, WV. Events include unveiling of West Virginia Literary Map.
July 2004 BRDT Revives First Play for 25th Season. Press Release on Too Free for Me, 1979 play by R. Rex Stephenson based on Franklin County, Virginia history, about a white woman who helped a former slave fight a court battle to prove she was free. See also review by Lana Whited.
June 3-29, 2004 NEH Institute Appalachia Up Close: Regional Study and the Liberal Arts, Ferrum College. Director Peter Crow. Includes public readings by Robert Morgan, July 7, and Lee Smith, July 14.
Spring 2004 The Five Owls, children's literature journal, publishes issue on The New South (No. 3, 2003), with article "Old and New Stories from Appalachia" by Tina Hanlon, "African Americans Making a Difference in the New South" by Michelle H. Martin, and several Appalachian books described by Hanlon and a variety of other scholars in the South in the cover story by editor Mark West. Published as a special double issue with no. 3, 2004 issue on Flight, which includes article by Gail E. Haley, "Gravity-Defying Stories."
Mar. 26-28, 2004

Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Cherokee High School, Cherokee, NC. AppLit Contributors Susan Mead and Tina Hanlon, along with Ferrum College student Logann Gavey, present panel on Celebrating Cultural Diversity with our Children.

Feb. 15, 2004 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Chase (1904-1988)
Oct. 2003 Judy Teaford and Tina Hanlon appointed new editors of ALCA-Lines by the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia. Lana Whited is new publications designer. ALCA-Lines will be published online as well as on paper in 2004.
Sept. 20, 2003 Ironweed Festival, Abingdon, VA. Appalachian Women's Alliance
June 5-7, 2003 Just Connections' First Annual Conference for Community and Scholar Activists, at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia.
June 5-8, 2003 Children's Literature Association Conference, El Paso, TX. Theme: The Diversity of Childhood
May 10, 2003-March 2004

Wish You Were Here: Postcards From the Blue Ridge and Riding the Lee Highway: Route 11 in Postcards, exhibits at the Blue Ridge Institute

April 20, 2003 Ray Hicks, beloved North Carolina storyteller, passed away Easter Sunday, at age 80. For April 21 stories on Ray, go to http://discover.npr.org/rundowns/rundown.jhtml?prgDate=04/21/2003&prgId=2 (including audio of Ray), http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/ArticleDetail.asp?Cat=HOMEPAGE&ID=22307, and http://www.journalnow.com/wsj/MGBV221ETED.html. For a memorial poem and information on the Ray and Rosa Hicks fund (established to assist the Hicks family during Ray's illness), as well as past and upcoming Jack Tales Festivals held in their honor in NC, see the page The Latest Tale by Dianne Hackworth in Dianne's Storytelling Site.
Mar. 28-30, 2003    

26th Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY. Theme: "Building A Healthy Region: Environment, Culture, Community." AppLit contributors Roberta Herrin, Susan Mead, Judy Teaford, and Tina Hanlon were among presenters discussing Appalachian literature. The e-Appalachia award was presented to Nantahala: A Review of Writing and Photography in Appalachia, edited by Rob Merritt, Cy Dillon, Mark Roberts, and Joe Champagne.

Mar. 24-25, 2003

Women's Leadership Conference, Ferrum College. Theme: Women in Appalachia. Speakers will include Marilou Awiakta and Patricia Johnson.

Mar. 14, 2003 Panel discussion on Appalachia at Christiansburg, VA Barnes & Noble, 7 p.m. Speakers will include Sharyn McCrumb, Lana Whited, Susan Mead, and Tina Hanlon.
Feb. 20, 22, 2003 Tradition Will Never Die. One-man show on Richard Chase, written and performed by Ferrum College drama senior Tony Pica. Directed by R. Rex Stephenson.
Feb. 21, 2003 Panel discussion on Appalachian cultures at Christiansburg Barnes & Noble. Speakers include Susan Mead and Grace Edwards.
Oct. 26, 2002 Blue Ridge Institute Annual Folklife Festival, Ferrum College
Oct. 24-26, 2002 Fourth Annual Women of Appalachia National Conference. Ohio University, Zanesville
Oct. 19, 2002 Appalachian Teachers' Network Conference at Radford U's Selu Conservancy. Contact Dr. Stevan R. Jackson.
Sept. 26-89, 2002 Three-Day Indaba Addresses Impact of African Culture and Heritage. Poets, filmmakers, historians and artists celebrate poetry, language and community at Indaba: Days of Coal Black Voices. A new documentary entitled Coal Black Voices is the centerpiece of a three-day conference held in Covington. Sponsored by the Media Working Group and the Northern Kentucky African American Heritage Task Force. Featuring the Affrilachian poets and other writers and performers. For information or video clips, visit www.MWG.org/Indaba. Indaba, from the South African Nguni tribe, means "an affair, moment, or gathering."
Sept. 7, 2002 Ironweed Festival, Abingdon, VA. Appalachian Women's Alliance.
Aug. 30, 2002 Lana A. Whited, "Hollywood Wants Hicks." In one of her weekly columns on the media at Roanoke.com, Lana responds to the controversy about plans for a new CBS "reality TV" show featuring an Appalachian family. Many of her past columns are also about regional people and events.
Through Sept. 29, 2002 Exhibit of American Folk Art at the Art Museum of Western Virginia includes Appalachian artists. Ongoing exhibits feature American masterpieces and the 50-year history of the museum's collection.
Aug. 2-3, 2002 Annual Meeting of Just Connections. Mission: "to invigorate grassroots democracy among residents of distressed mountain communities by creating and using models for participatory research and service in support of self-sustaining communities that offer equitable access to resources for local citizens."
June 3-28, 2002 NEH Institute: Regional Studies for Liberal Arts Learning: An Appalachian Exemplar

Ferrum College offered, this summer, a National Endowment for the Humanities institute for twenty-five college and university teachers investigating Appalachian issues and the assumptions behind them as a model for bringing regional studies into the mainstream of a liberal arts curriculum. Institute guests and core faculty included Stephen L. Fisher, Denise Giardina, Tina Hanlon, Patricia A. Johnson, Clyde Kessler, George Loveland, Susan Mead, Roddy Moore, Crandall Shifflett, Carolyn Thomas, Vaughan Webb, Charles Reagan Wilson, and Daniel Woods. The director was Peter Crow. Lana A. Whited wrote an article on the Institute in PROFESS 2002: A Record of Faculty Achievement at Ferrum College.
Summer 2002 George Ella Lyon's new novel, Gina. Jamie. Father. Bear., is published. See AppLit's Folklore Themes in Longer Fiction.
Summer 2002 Blue Ridge Institute Wins National Award for Music Trails
May 24, 2002 History Channel's "Modern Marvels" Interviews Roddy Moore, director of Blue Ridge Institute
May 22, 2002 Whited, Lana A. "BRDT Stages Visit of Famous Musician." The Franklin News-Post [Rocky Mount, VA]:  A 4. Article on development of the 2002 play My Travels with Cecil by R. Rex Stephenson, a play about folklorist Cecil Sharp's visit to Franklin County, performed by Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre. Sanders Family Christmas, the sequel to the musical Smoke on the Mountain, was also performed in July at BRDT.
May 2002 Jack Tale Players Visit Woodstock, Georgia. Photos of performances. Other photos are in Bibliography of Dramas and Tales by R. Rex Stephenson, Strong Women in Appalachian Folktale Dramatizations, Folktale Activities, and AppLit's Index of Student Writing.
May 2002 Ferrum College Takes Assistance to McDowell County, WV and Hurley, VA for Flood Relief
May 10, 2002 Southwest Virginia’s Early Music Stars on Exhibit at Blue Ridge Institute. The BRI exhibit “Hometown Stars: Southwest Virginia’s Recording Legacy, 1923-1943” runs through March 2003.
Spring 2002 Mutsmag appears in AppLit. This is a picture book adaptation of R. Rex Stephenson's version of the best folktale in Appalachia (editorial bias acknowledged here), illustrated with drawings by Franklin County, VA school children, designed for the Internet by Ferrum College student R. Wymann Spencer. We don't know of any other picture books online that are quite like this. Tell us if you do, and tell what you think of this story.
Mar. 25-26, 2002 Ferrum College Women's Leadership Conference Highlights Creative Women, includes visit by author Sharyn McCrumb. See also WLC Web Site.
Mar. 16, 2002 AppLit receives first annual e-Appalachia Award from Appalachian Studies Association, Conference at Unicoi State Park, GA. See photo.
Mar. 4, 2002 Becky Mushko reads her story Ferradiddledumday to Ferrum Elementary Students. See Study Guide for "Ferradiddledumday" and Other "Rumpelstiltskin" Stories. Watch for illustrations by the students to appear later in AppLit.
Winter 2002 "The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre: A Recipe for Success."  Article by Dr. Nellie McCaslin, NYU., appears in Stage of The Art, pp. 16-17.
Nov. 1, 2001 First issue of online journal Nantahala: A Review of Writing and Photography in Appalachia, includes essay by Joan Bowman and play Wicca by R. Rex Stephenson of Ferrum College. Editors Rob Merritt, Cy Dillon, Mark Roberts, Joe Champagne.
Oct. 27, 2001 Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys Appear at Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Ferrum College. Photos of Stanley performance at festival. Photos of political candidates at festival. Photos of crafts and food.
Oct.29, 2001 Special AppLit Event Featuring Author George Ella Lyon and Illustrator Ann Olson, discussing their children's books at Ferrum College, followed by book signing.
Sept. 10, 2001 Affrilachian Authors Visit Ferrum College. See photos of Frank X. Walker, Bernard Clay, and Crystal Wilkinson. Event organized by Dr. Susan Mead.
July 9-13, 2001 Project Teaching Appalachian Literature holds one-week workshop at Ferrum College, funded by Education Focus Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. See Project Reading List and About AppLit
Summer 2001 Article on AppLit appears in Stitches: Annual Newsletter of the Appalachian Teachers' Network
Dec. 2000 Happy 25th Birthday, Jack Tale Players! Begun by R. Rex Stephenson in 1975.
May 16, 2000 AppLit goes online! Created during Appalachian College Association Workshop at Ferrum College.
March 2000 Project Teaching Appalachian Literature presents two panels surveying Appalachian Children's Literature at Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Knoxville, TN, supported by a Cheatham Fellowship from Ferrum College. Papers available online: on May Justus by George Loveland, Realism in Picture Books by Judy A. Teaford, Survey of Folktales by Tina Hanlon, Sociology and Historical Children's Fiction by Susan V. Mead (and from other conference papers by this group: Adaptations of "John Henry" by Tracy Roberts, Tom Davenport's Fairy Tale Films by Hanlon, Teaching with Sharyn McCrumb's The Ballad of Frankie Silver by Lana A. Whited, Teaching Appalachian Humor by Teaford and Hanlon, Picture Books by Ruth and Latrobe Carroll by Teaford, Barry Moser's Folktale Adaptations by Hanlon, Celebrating Diversity by Mead, Mutsmag and Other Folktale Adaptations by T. Hanlon and Rex Stephenson).

 

 

Other Sources for Appalachian Events Calendars and News

 
  Appalachian Voices  
  Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY, and Roadside Theater  
  Berea College Appalachian Center, Berea, KY  
  Booker T. Washington National Monument, Hardy, VA  
  The Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail  
  Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, TN  
  Mountain Area Information Network: The Community Network for Western North Carolina  
  North Carolina Center for the Book  
  North Carolina Writers' Network  
  Southern Arts Federation. Includes links to state arts councils.  
  Southern Festival of Books, 2nd weekend of October  
 

Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc.

 
  Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville  

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