AppLit's Links to General Author Sites

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See also AUTHOR INDEX to pages on Appalachian authors and illustrators in this Web site, and Appalachian Folktales: Background Resources on One Author, Illustrator, Storyteller, Dramatist, or Filmmaker (which lists some individuals not on these Author Links pages who have produced just one or two Appalachian folktale adaptations). Background Resources on Appalachian Children's Literature is a general bibliography, mainly of print resources.

Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library: West Virginia Author's Index contains background, bibliographies, and links on West Virginia authors, including children's writers Robyn Eversole, Marc Harshman, Cynthia Rylant, and Cheryl Ware, and folklorist Ruth Ann Musick.

Appalachian Cultural Museum, Appalachian State University. Artists Index lists works in the collection by a number of artists (some with illustrations online), including  Barbara Cooney, Gail Haley, and Glen Rounds. Author Index  lists authors of works in the collection, including  James Ayers with Rebecca Caudill, Gail Haley, and Virginia Hamilton.

Appalachian Authors Guild. Established 2004. 1928 Front St., Richlands, VA 24641. Web site includes author profiles and bookstore.

Appalachian Literature at Georgetown Univ., English 220. Patricia E. O'Connor, Associate Professor of English (native of Bluefield, WV). Student web sites present projects on various writers and other topics on Appalachia. Course and project summary at this link.  Fall 2003 and Spring 2005 index pages for student projects.

Asheville Poetry Review. Web site includes poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, links to other poetry sites.

Author School Visits by State. Kim Norman's web site gives links to authors' sites and blogs with listing by states.

Book Club @ KET (Kentucky Educational Television). Introduces a book each month by a Kentucky author, with interviews, links to reviews, transcripts of radio discussions on each book, etc. The Book List, Selections by Author lists books featured in past and future months. Lists by title and genre are also available.

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. Lexington, KY. See New Books by Great Writers Series as well as other activities and resources for families and writers of all ages.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site contains Appalachia in Children's Literature. These pages include an example of Webbing (a brainstorming activity), a Chart of Books on Appalachia, and sections on Cynthia Rylant, Nonfiction Reading, Picture Books, and Novels. The site also contains pages on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Shiloh, Lois Lowry and Rabble Starkey, Katherine Paterson and Come Sing, Jimmy Jo, Betsy Byars, and Virginia Hamilton.

Cherokee Heritage Trails web site gives profiles of a variety of storytellers and other artists listed in the Artist Directory under Honoring the Elders and The Next Generation.

Coal Black Voices. Information with photos on 2001 documentary about Affrilachian poets. Media Working Group. Produced and Directed by Jean Donohue and Fred Johnson, Consulting Producer Frank X Walker.

Contemporary Authors Online contains pages on most Appalachian authors of book-length works, with bibliographies, biographical information, comments from authors on their work. Available through many libraries' online services such as Academic Index. Gale publishing. Increasing numbers of other literary reference books and full articles about authors and books are available online, so check with your library.

The Cosmic Possum is the web site of Jane Hicks, "a teacher, poet, and fiber artist from upper East Tennessee." Information and photos are presented from her work as well as her favorite Appalachian poets and her literary quilts, pictured with the authors who inspired them such as Sharyn McCrumb, Jo Carson, Silas House.

E. W. King Library, King College. Contains section on Appalachian authors (within American Literature section) with extensive links.  Authors include Arnow, Harriette; Berry, Wendell; Byars, Betsy; Carson, Jo; Chappell, Fred; Dykeman, Wilma; Ehle, John; Frazier, Charles; Giardina, Denise; Haun, Mildred; Hickman, Homer H.; Houston, Gloria; Hunter, David; Kennedy, N. Brent; Lasky, Kathryn; Lowry, Lois; Lyon, George Ella; Marshall, Catherine; Marion, Jeff Daniel; Mason, Bobbie Ann; McCrumb, Sharon; Miller, James Wayne; Molloy, Johnny; Morgan, Robert; Murfee, Mary N.; Naylor, Phyllis; Norman, Gurney; Pancake, Breece D'J; Paterson, Katherine; Price, Charles Edwin, Rylant, Cynthia; Sellers, Bettie, Settle, Mary Lee; Smith, Lee; Still, James; and Stuart, Jesse.

Fool on the Hill: Appalachian Writings. Web site of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. Contains contemporary Appalachian poetry from Scott Goebel and others, including George Ella Lyon.

Hypertext Links to Appalachian Authors. This is the brainchild of Dr. Stephen D. Mooney of Virginia Tech. Students in his English 3624:  Appalachian Literature Course contribute to the site. "Additional contributions might be made by instructors, regional scholars, guest speakers, and students of the guest speakers." The site includes links to biographies and articles about Appalachian authors, including James Agee, Maggie Anderson, Sherwood Anderson, Harriette Arnow, Wendell Berry, Moron Lee "Dock" Boggs, Fielding Burk, Jo Carson, Fred Chappell, Hazel Dickens, Wilma Dykeman, Steve Earle, John Ehle, John Fox, Jr., Lucy Furman, Denise Giardina, Janice Holt Giles, Sarah Ogan Gunning, George Washington Harris, Mildred Haun, George Ella Lyon (Prepared by Crystal Black, Virginia Tech Student. Contains interesting biography and list of Lyon's publications through 1997.),  James Still (over fifteen essays), Sharyn McCrumb, Breece D'J Pancake, Lee Smith, and many others.

In Their Own Country. Web Site on fourteen WV authors, based on series of programs by WV Public Broadcasting. Produced by Kate Long. CD based on the shows is available from WV Library Commission. Site includes pages on each author and featured books, with interview excerpts. WV musicians also play on the shows. Includes writers for children Sandra Belton, Marc Harshman, and Cynthia Rylant. Other authors are Denise Giardina, Richard Currey, Keith Maillard, Jayne Anne Phillips, Pinckney Benedict, Breece Pancake, Maggie Anderson, Stephen Coonts, Davis Grubb, Mary Lee Settle, and Irene McKinney, state poet laureate.

Ivy Creek Recordings and Publications. Hickory, NC. Online store with individual pages on a number of Appalachian storytellers and musicians.

KYLIT: A Site Devoted to Kentucky Writers. List of pages devoted to essays and bibliographies on individual writers, as well as a chronological list and links to other sites on Kentucky writers. Begun as a class project and maintained by the English Department at Eastern Kentucky University.

Ballard, Sandra L., and Patricia L. Hudson, eds. Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Lexington: Univ. Press of KY, 2003. The first comprehensive Appalachian anthology of writing by women. Contains selections of poetry and prose by 105 writers. Short biography and recommended sources are given for each author. Includes a chronology of works (1826-2003) and a bibliography of other works by women writing in Appalachian in all genres. Table of Contents by author and review excerpts at UP of KY Web site. See also Thematic Table of Contents for Listen Here in AppLit.

Library Thing is a kind of online book club in which readers catalog their own books and share information on all kinds of books. Created by Tim Spalding, a web developer and web publisher based in Portland, Maine. Many links are provided to books with similar subject tags such as "Appalachia" and "children's."

The Literary Encyclopedia (The Literary Dictionary Co.), 2002. Access to some pages requires paid membership, but profile of James Still by Ted Olson is available free.

MountainLit lists books by West Virginia authors and books set in West Virginia, with other resources and photos of some authors. Web site by Phyllis Wilson Moore, Bridgeport Public Library in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Includes a page called "Selected Achievements of African-American Authors of West Virginia," listed by place (1999).

North Carolina Arts Council Artist Directory has extensive pages on mountain artists, Cherokee artists in the fields of literature, historical drama, crafts, and music.

Reading Group Guides has pages books by authors such as Lee Smith, Gretchen Moran Laskas, Silas House, and others, with discussion questions, review excerpts, overview on books and author. gives author profiles of Simon & Schuster authors, including George Ella Lyon, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Peter Catalanotto (illustrator of some of Lyon's picture books).

Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative (SWAC). Founded 1974 at Highlander Center. Web site includes bibliography of member books, meetings and other news.

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture—Online Edition includes everything found in the 1998 reference book plus new and updated information. With more than 1500 entries, plus slide shows, pictures, interactive maps, audio and video, and links to more than 200 external sources; cosponsored by the Tennessee Historical Society and the University of Tennessee Press. The Literature Index gives links to entries on many Tennessee writers. Appalachian writers include Marilou Awiakta, Wilma Dykeman, Nikki Giovanni, and others.

U. S. Literary Map Project. American Literature Resources. National Council of Teachers of English Site. Students and teachers are invited to contribute to the maps with essays on writers from each state. For example, Literary Kentucky from A to Z includes notes on George Ella Lyon. The Tennessee map contains an essay by a student on May Justus. For links to more detailed literary state maps prepared by professionals, see NCTE Affiliate Literary Maps and Resource Materials (state humanities councils may have more up-to-date information on some states' maps).

University Press of Kentucky. Web site gives pages on individual books with covers, descriptions, review excerpts, purchase information. Use search function to find individual authors and books, such as George Ella Lyon, Ruth Ann Musick, Leonard Roberts, Harriette Simpson Arnow, James Still, Jesse Stuart, Linda Scott DeRosier, John Fox, Jr., etc.; or browse by subjects such as Kentucky and Regional Studies. Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia (2003), Conversations with Kentucky Writers (1996), Kentucky, Land of Tomorrow (2001), Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories (2001), and Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers (1998), are among the books dealing with a number of Appalachian writers.

West Virginia Book Festival. Annual festival in October. Web site includes photos and background on authors. West Virginia Literary Map, electronic version, gives background and photos of authors from the map, 35 authors writing1863-2003. Fairmont State U. press release on WV Literary Map.

Writers in Virginia Directory. Gives name, location (keyed to a map), and other information on Virginia writers of poetry and fiction who are "available for readings and workshops." Virginia Commission for the Arts Web site. The section called 2003-2004 Tour Directory gives pages on several Appalachian poets and storytellers such as Patricia A. Johnson and Andrenna Belcher. The Artists in Residence Directory includes folk artists, storytellers and dramatists, among other artists.

Last Update: 6/2/10
Links Checked 12/5/02

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