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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. (Some individuals on these pages have produced just one or two works set in Appalachia.)

Background Resources on Appalachian Children's Literature is a general bibliography, mainly of print resources. See also links to General Sites that include multiple Appalachian authors.

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McCorkle, Jill

McDaniel, Jan. "Jill McCorkle, Humanist Author." Writers Write: The Internet Writing Journal June 2000. With photo and book covers.

McCrumb, Sharyn

Sharyn McCrumb. The Ballad Novels. Excellent site that contains a bibliography, discussion of the Ballad Novels, an interview, tour schedule, and contact information. 

The Celts and the Appalachians. A lecture by Sharyn McCrumb in her web site.

Press release on visit by Sharyn McCrumb to Ferrum College's Women's Leadership Conference, March 2002.

Madden, Kerry

Author Interview: Kerry Madden on Gentle's Holler. In Cynsations. By Cynthia Leitich Smith. July 6, 2005.

Author Interview: Kerry Madden on Louisiana's Song. In Cynsations. By Cynthia Leitich Smith. Sept. 11, 2007.

Kerry Madden.com. A beautiful, innovative web site with images from Madden's 2005 Appalachian novel Gentle's Holler. Includes audio clips from songs written by the protagonist, Livy Two Weems, with music by a member of the family of thirteen children that inspired the novel. Excerpts, background, review excerpts, and writing ideas for children and young adults. Kerry posts a journal about her own life and work, and stories that children send her.

Kerry Madden. Author Connections. Overbooked.org. July 10, 2005.

Kerry Madden page, Children's Literature Network.

Minick, Jeff. "A tender look at an Appalachian childhood ... plus the latest and greatest from Algonquin." April 20, 2005. Review of Gentle's Holler. Smoky Mountain News.

Sisco, Andrea. Gentle's Holler by Kerry Madden. 2005. Armchair Interviews.

Smith, Scot. "Carolina Dreams: Kerry Madden and the Saga of the Weems Family of Maggie Valley." The ALAN Review, vol. 36, no. 3. (Summer 2009). Available online from Virginia Tech. Includes interview with Madden about influences (including previous Appalachian writers) and background on her Maggie Valley novels.

Marion, Jeff Daniel

Jeff Daniel Marion. Profile at Tennessee Writers. The Tennessee Writers Project. Sponsored by the English Department of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Page on The Chinese Poet Awakens - a book viewing life in E. Tenn. through Eastern wisdom.

Miller, Jim Wayne

Berea College Sound Archives. Hutchins Library, Berea, KY. Eastern Kentucky Folklore includes lectures or interviews with Miller and others.

Jim Wayne Miller web site, with photos, poems, bibliography

Jim Wayne Miller by George Brosi - essay and bibliography in KYLIT, 1997.

Moore, Phyllis Wilson. "Refuting the Legend of the PIWASH." Traditions: A Journal of West Virginia Folk Culture and Educational Awareness, vol. 2 (Spring-Summer, 1994). Revised in 2001 and reprinted in full in MountainLit. Bridgeport Public Library, Bridgeport, West Virginia. This essay on images of West Virginia among outsiders and natives discusses the views of several authors, especially paying tribute to the contributions of Jim Wayne Miller's lectures at Hindman Appalachian Writers' Workshops, Hindman, Kentucky.

See also Additional Resources in AppLit's Lesson Plans on Selected Poems From Jim Wayne Miller's The Brier Poems and articles by Miller in Background Resources on Appalachian Folktales and Storytelling.

Mills, Lauren

The Art of Lauren Mills. The artist's web site. The page Book Illustration contains images from her Appalachian picture book The Rag Coat.

Lauren Mills page at PenguinPutnam.com, includes Appalachian picture book The Rag Coat.

Moore, Marijo

Marijo Moore & Renegade Planets Publishing. Moore's web site includes several of her poems and information on her books about Cherokee culture and history.

Moser, Barry

Barry Moser page with photo at Calgary Univ., 1996.

Barry Moser Collection Finding Aid, Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.

Olswanger, Anna. "'The Object Is that Bloody Book': A Conversation with Barry Moser." 1999. Olswanger.com. Includes discussion of Moser's roots in Chattanooga, TN, and influence of his Southern roots on his writing.

Mushko, Becky

Becky Mushko: Writing from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Author's web site gives background on her life and writing, resources for teachers, samples of her writing, and information on her fairy tale Ferradiddledumday, her humorous book Peevish Advice, her stories and novel for middle-grade readers The Girl Who Raced Mules and Other Stories and Stuck, and her novel Patches on the Same Quilt, the latter about several generations of a family in Franklin County, VA. Material on Ferradiddledumday includes a radio interview (9/2/10) with a reading from the story.

Becky Mushko. Page on Mushko as contributor to Blue Ridge Traditions, writer of the humor column "Peevish Advice" since 1998. The magazine's web site also contains a review of Patches on the Same Quilt, a novel by Mushko (no longer online 8/10).

Bradley, Ken. "Mushko to Debut Her New Book at Library." The Franklin News-Post [Rocky Mount, VA]: 25 Mar. 2011. Article with cover photo of Mushko's middle-grade novel Stuck!

Hock, Elizabeth. "Ghost Story" Penhook Author Becky Mushko is Counting on 'Stuck' to Stick with Young Audience.." SmithMountainLake.com 25 Mar. 2011.

Jackson, Rebecca. "A Tale of the Supernatural." Smith Mountain Eagle [Smith Mountain Lake, VA]: 25 Mar. 2011.

Mushko to Appear Locally to Promote New Book. 2003 Ferrum College press release on publication of The Girl Who Raced Mules and Other Stories by Infinity Publishing. Includes book cover and audio links. Excerpt from the title story published at Buy Books on the Web.com.

Peevish Pen. Blog of Becky Mushko. Her Peevish Advice column has appeared in the Smith Mountain Eagle newspaper. Blog also includes discussions of her books.

Musick, Ruth Ann

Byers, Judy Prozzillo. "Ruth Ann Musick—The Show-Me Mountaineer: A Missourian Adopted by West Virginia." Missouri Folklore Society Journal, vol. 8-9 (1986-87)

Forinash, Danny. "Ruth Ann Musick Leaves Timeless Mark on W.Va. Folklore." Article with photo (no date). WV Folklife Center at Fairmont State.

Ruth Ann Musick. Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, Guide to Resources for the Study of West Virginia Authors and Appalachian Literary Traditions. West Virginia Wesleyan College. Biography, bibliography, summary of critical responses.

Ruth Ann Musick (1899-1974) Profile with portrait, Missouri Folklore Society.

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Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds

Featured Author: Phyllis Naylor. Carol Hurst Children's Literature Site. Article with links. Appalachian books: Shiloh series, Sang Spell, The Girls' Revenge. Other books not discussed include A Traitor Among the Boys

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Teacher Resource File. Site contains links to Biographies, Bibliography, Criticism, Unit Lesson Plans, Media, ERIC Resources.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Member page at ChildrensBookGuild.org contains message from Naylor, photo, booklist, and links.

Newberry, Elizabeth

"Uprisings: Almost Heaven." Sojourners Nov.-Dec. 2000. A personal essay by an Appalachian writer and activist, on her return to Bland County, VA, for her uncle's funeral. Includes comment on the Christian call "to know our past, so we are compelled to love others in the present" (quoted from theologian Kirk Webb). Other articles by Newberry in this online Christian magazine include one on the Affilachian poets (see Frank X Walker, below), and "Attention or Exploitation? What is the Proper Role of the Filmmaker?" July-Aug. 2000, on the 2000 documentary Stranger with a Camera, by Elizabeth Barrett.

Norman, Gurney

Berry, Wendell. "My Conversation with Gurney Norman." Appalachian Heritage Summer 2005.

Brosi, George. "Gurney Norman." Appalachian Heritage Summer 2005.

Gurney Norman by Anne Caudill - essay and bibliography in KYLIT, 1997.

Gurney Norman. Overview in George Brosi's AppalachianBooks.com. no date.

Gurney Norman: A Conversation. Interview conducted by KET’s Guy Mendes, producer/director of Living by Words, on November 28, 2001. Kentucky Educational Television.

Fat Monroe. Dir. Andrew Garrison. Whitesburg, KY: Appalshop, 1990/1991. Ned Beatty as Fat Monroe. William Johnson as the boy Wilgus Collier. Running Time: 14:00. Film based on a story in Kinfolks by Norman. Description, review excerpts, photo, screening/festival credits at Appalshop Films.

Kinfolks. April 2000 selection at
Book Club @ KET. Gives links to information on the book, reviews, audio readings by the author, films based on the book, transcript of radio program on the book, other links.

"Snow Day." Very short story by Gurney Norman. Kentucky Educational Television.

Thurman, Tom. Gurney Norman: A ProfileLiving by Words. Kentucky Educational Television.

Walker, Frank X. "Literary Patriarch for Gurney Norman." Appalachian Heritage Summer 2005. Poem.

The Wilgus Stories. Overview of three short story films by filmmaker Andrew Garrison, filmed 1984-97. Independent Television Service.

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Olson, Ann

Ann W. Olson, Mauk Ridge Photography, Cave Run Arts Association web site. Web page of photographer living on Mauk Run, northeastern KY, who illustrated picture books by George Ella Lyon. Beautiful photographs.

Appalachian Heritage Summer 2010. Issue with featured author George Ella Lyon and art by Ann Olson. Available as pdf.

 I to I: Lifewriting by Kentucky Feminists. Ed. Elizabeth Oakes and Jane OlmstedKentucky Feminist Writers Series. Western KY University Press, 2004. List of contributors includes "Beginning on a Sourwood" by Ann W. Olson.

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Pancake, Breece D'J

In Their Own Country: Breece Pancake. Based on WV Public Broadcasting program, 2003. With overview of life and career and interview excerpts. See also the Featured Books page. 

Partridge, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Partridge Teacher Resource File. Links prepared by Inez Ramsey and Herb Wilburn, Internet School Library Media Center, James Madison University. 

Elizabeth Partridge, Book Author. Partridge's site includes a short page with cover on Appalachian novel Clara and the Hoodoo Man.

Paterson, Katherine

"Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. Rationale by Kent L. Bryson." National Council of Teachers of English, Anti-Censorship Center. Essay with teaching guidelines and extensive bibliography, including reasons for not banning this novel. "From rationales prepared and donated by students of Margaret T. Sacco, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio."

Bridge to Terabithia lesson plan by Nancy Polette, 2000, in Nancy Polette's Children's Literature Site

Bridge to Terabithia web site by Walden Media contains film clips and teacher resources for the book and 2007 movie (written by the author's son David Paterson), including background on Paterson and copies of some of her compelling speeches and essays about writing for children. The Disney Bridge to Terabithia web site contains additional film and audio clips, brief behind-the-scenes comments by cast, crew, and Paterson, a game, related downloads, and other resources.

Featured Author: Katherine Paterson. Carol Hurst Children's Literature Site. Article,1998, with book summaries and links. Also review of Come Sing, Jimmy Jo, a novel about country singers.

Katherine Paterson member page at ChildrensBookGuild.org.

Katherine Paterson Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries

Katherine Paterson Teacher Resource File. Links at Internet School Library Media Center, James Madison University (no longer online). 

Katherine Paterson Web Site. Paterson's own web site includes pages on each book with covers and interesting answers to questions about her writing.

Katherine Paterson–2006 Award Winner. Speeches, background and photos on the web site of The Astrid Lingren Memorial Award. Pictured in Stockholm with HRH Crown Princess Victoria at right, May 28, 2006. Photo by Lars-Erik Örthlund.

Kohn, Diana. "Lisa Hill and the Bridge to Terabithia." Takoma-Silver Spring [MD} Voice. Features: Archive. 2005. Article with photos (April 2005) about replacing the tree and plaque at Takoma Park Elementary School, which had been place there in memory of Lisa Hill, the friend of Katherine Paterson's son David.

Paterson, Katherine. Overview of life and work, with autobiographical statement, excerpted from The Junior Authors and Illustrated Series, pub. by H. W. Wilson.

West, Mark I. "Growing Up in the New South as Reflected in Children’s Literature." Includes discussion of Paterson's Come Sing, Jimmy Jo, contributed by Frieda Bostian. The Five Owls, vol. XVII, issue III. Reprinted in the past in The Five Owls web site.

Perry, Tristan

Furry Tails. Perry's web site on her 2006 book (first in a planned series) about her toy poodle in southwestern VA. Perry has also written the forthcoming (in 2008) Ghostly Legends Along The Appalachian Trail.

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Ransom, Candice

Candice Ransom: Children's Book Author & Speaker. The author's web site gives background on her life and books, and link to her blog.

Candice Ransom. Ransom describes her life and works. Children's Book Guild Member Page.

Candice Ransom page, Children's Literature Network. Includes "Ivy Honeysuckle Discovers the World." Posted Apr. 10, 2012. Ransom discusses the origins of her new series of books about a feisty contemporary Virginia girl named Ivy.

Candice Ransom's Books, Candice Ransom's Biography, Candice Ransom's Presentation at Visiting Authors.com.

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. "Career Building and Giveaway: Candice Ransom." Cynsational. Aug. 1, 2012. Interview with Ransom including photos and discussion of writing about her lifelong home state of Virginia, publishing ups and downs, using scrapbooking techniques and artistic work to inspire her writing. Her latest 2012 books are Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World and Rebel McKenzie.

Time Spies Official Home Page. Mirrorstone (publisher). Includes author information, games and activities, background, and downloadable teacher's guide for Ransom's Time Spies series.

Reeder, Carolyn

Carolyn Reeder member page at ChildrensBookGuild.org

"Carolyn Reeder, Teacher and Author of Historical Fiction for Children, Dies at 74." The Washington Post 24 March 2012. Reeder died Jan. 20. The article gives an overview of her books.

ReederBooks.com, the official home page of author Carolyn Reeder. Contains pages with covers on her historical novels for young people, including four set in Virginia (three in the Blue Ridge Mountains and one in piedmont VA).

Ritchie, Jean

Jean Ritchie Homepage.

Jean Ritchie & Pete SeegerJenny Jenkins. Ritchie and Seeger sing this song while a top spins on the floor. Video at Youtube.com. There is a color video clip in which they are older and sing the same song, from the DVD Mountain Born. In another b/w clip Seeger plays "Skip to My Lou" while Ritchie plays with a wooden dancing limberjack doll (11/16/07).

Jean RitchieShady Grove. Video at Youtube.com (11/16/07).

Jean Ritchie sings Blackwaters. "Jean Ritchie sings about mountaintop removal to photographs of the destruction by George Pickow. This is an excerpt from the dvd Backgrounds which is available from JEANRITCHIE.COM ©1967,1971." Video at Youtube.com (11/16/07). There are other old and more recent video clips of Jean and Edna Ritchie on Youtube.

Mountain Born: The Jean Ritchie Story. Kentucky Educational Television. Background and teaching resources to accompany the KET video.

Rogers, Sally. "Sowing Seeds of Love for Traditional Music: An Interview with Jean Ritchie." From Winter 2003 issue of Pass It On! The Journal of The Children's Music Network. Reprinted in network's web site, with photos. Includes discussion of ballad-singing and storytelling in Ritchie's family.

Roberts, Elizabeth Madox

"bookclub@ket features Elizabeth Madox Roberts' classic Kentucky novel , Roberts scholar on One to One." 21 May 2007. Kentucky Educational Television Press Room.

Brosi, George. An Elizabeth Madox Roberts Bibliography. KYLIT, 1997.

Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society. Includes annotated list of Roberts' books.

Elizabeth Madox Roberts, 1881-1941. Overview with bibliography in Heath Anthology of American Literature, 5th ed. web site. Houghton Mifflin College Division. "Death at Bearwallow" (1932) is reprinted in the anthology.

Strunk, Angela. "Elizabeth Madox Roberts" - essay in KYLIT, 1997.

Under the Tree. Book of poetry about childhood. New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1922. Library of Southern Literature, in Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina Libraries. Also available in Project Gutenberg.

Rounds, Glen

Contrary Jenkins, Glen Rounds. Two illustrations from Contrary Jenkins by Rebecca Caudill and James Ayars. Holt, Reinhart & Winston, 1969.  Appalachian Cultural Museum.

Rylant, Cynthia 

Appalachia: The Voices of Singing Birds. Integrated Literature Units. Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center. UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library. Interdisciplinary lesson plans. (Rylant's subtitle is incorrect on this page.)

Appalachia: The Voices of Singing Birds. Publisher's page with teacher guide. Harcourt Children's Books.

Cynthia Rylant. Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, Guide to Resources for the Study of West Virginia Authors and Appalachian Literary Traditions. West Virginia Wesleyan College. Biography, bibliography, summary of critical responses.

Cynthia Rylant.  Interactive teaching and learning site developed by Diane Corley, Pendergast Elementary School District.

Cynthia Rylant. Bibliography of Cynthia Rylant with links prepared by Inez Ramsey and Herb Wilburn, Internet School Library Media Center, James Madison University. 

Cynthia Rylant. ERIC Database.  Excellent site contains Internet links to Rylant pages (including sites devoted to Lesson Plans for several of Rylant's books).  It also contains citations and information for ordering Full-Text Copies of ERIC Journal and ERIC Document Citations.

Cynthia Rylant:  An Annotated Bibliography and a Pathfinder. "This document includes a comprehensive list of Cynthia Rylant's trade works. The eleven items with annotated entries were selected because they are particularly well-suited for preschool and elementary-aged children and because, as a group, they demonstrate Rylant's variety of genres and formats.  Secondary selection criteria were a) recency and b) receipt of awards. This document also includes references to some of her writings and speeches published in the professional literature, as well as citations to and information collected from several biographical sources." Year Research Completed: 1994. (link not functioning 11/24/02)

God Went to Beauty School. Review of 2003 book by Susie Wilde. "Starred Books of Merit." The Five Owls web site.

In Their Own Country: Cynthia Rylant. Based on WV Public Broadcasting program, 2003. With overview of life and career and interview excerpts. See also the Featured Books page. 

Missing May Teachers Guide. Grades 6-8, provided by Random House. Includes teaching ideas, including thematic and interdisciplinary connections; related titles; review excerpts and awards; several Internet resources.

Missing May. Lesson plan by Nancy Polette, 2000, in Nancy Polette's Children's Literature Site.

Rylant, Cynthia. Overview of life and work, with autobiographical sketch, excerpted from The Junior Authors and Illustrated Series, pub. by H. W. Wilson.

The Relatives Came. In Anita Silvey's Children's Book-a-Day Almanac. May 18, 2011. Short discussion of the book with images, recommendations of similar books, and comment by blog readers, written for Visit Your Relatives Day.

The Relatives Came. Review and illustration by 2nd grade students, 2001-02. Spaghetti Book Club. Another review with illustration, 1999-2000.


Silver Packages. Review and illustration by 2nd grade students, 1999-2000. Spaghetti Book Club.

The Study of Cynthia Rylant for Grades 2-4Henry and Mudge and The Relatives Came make up this study guide for children. Links to relevant sites are included.

West, Mark I. "Growing Up in the New South as Reflected in Children’s Literature." Includes discussion of Rylant's Appalachia: The Voices of Singing Birds contributed by Lucy Rollin. The Five Owls, vol. XVII, issue III. Reprinted in the past in The Five Owls web site. See also, in the same issue, "Old and New Stories from Appalachia" by Tina L. Hanlon, now reprinted in AppLit.

When I Was Young in the Mountains. Excerpt formerly in Virginia World School's web site Appalachian Music and Literature: Sounds, Sights, and Stories of West Virginians, with audio reading. (now reprinted in AppLit.). The same teaching unit contains two other quotations from Rylant picture books.

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Salsi, Lynn

Lynn Salsi: author, storyteller, teacher, historian, speaker. The NC writer's web site with a blog, background on her work and teacher resources.

Sanders, Jeri

Jeri Sanders: Artist, Author/Illustrator. Web site of artist, creator of animal fantasies, living in northeastern Tennessee.

Schanzer, Rosalyn

Rosalyn Schanzer. Member page at ChildrensBookGuild.org. gives illustrations from Davy Crockett book, biography, details on her books.

Seabrooke, Brenda

Brenda Seabrooke  Contains introduction to author, short summaries of her books, and links to other sites, at Children'sBookGuild.org.

Brenda Seabrooke Papers. Philip A. Sadler Research Collection of Literature for Children and Young Adults. James C. Kirkpatrick Library. University of Central Missouri.

Lesson Plans for Brenda Seabrooke's Books. www.childrenslit.com  Guides include the following and others:  

Teaching Guide: The Care and Feeding of Dragons. "When my family moved into a new house in Virginia, we put the family dog in the cellar where he wouldn't be underfoot while we were unpacking boxes. My son fed and walked him but we were all so busy that we forgot about him. He had always been like a member of the family but we didn't think that it would bother him to be away from us. We were wrong. . . . I learned that he didn't even raise his head and wasn't eating his food. I went down to check and the dog wouldn't even look at me. I realized that he thought we didn't love him anymore. I had to convince him that we did. It was not easy! . . . A few stories and songs later, he decided to eat and be the family dog again. I thought that this was how Spike, the pet dragon dragon would behave when Alastair had to leave him for the first time when school started in September."  West Virginia is mentioned in this book, and Alastair McKnight's father is from West Virginia.  

Teaching Guide: The Vampire in My Bath Tub. "When I visited a friend who had just moved into a new house, she showed me a locked closet and I wondered what could be in it. The previous summer I had visited Ightham Mote, the English house mentioned in the book in which a skeleton was found in a sealed closet. It seemed only logical to me that a vampire could be found in a locked trunk in a locked closet and that the vampire would think Millard Fillmore was still president. Mais pourquoi pas? The vampire thinks it's still 1852."

Teaching Guide: The Haunting of Holroyd Hill. "I wrote this book after hearing unexplainable sequences of footsteps in our brand-new house built over a pre-Civil War road on a hill in Virginia. I learned that the hill had been the site of Union camps during the Civil War. Then I heard about a skeleton in a Union uniform with a bullet in his ribcage discovered during a building excavation. I wove these into a tale about the Battle of First Manassas because to me, history is a fascinating story of people whose lives are affected by the events of their time."   

Teaching Guide: Judy Suppernong.  "I never forgot Judy, the girl who lived briefly in my neighborhood one summer. Lala and Stacy only remembered her after I wrote the book. I remembered her because she was different and because she was surrounded by mystery."

Teaching Guide: Looking for Diamonds (Picture Book)

Settle, Mary Lee

In Their Own Country: Mary Lee Settle. Based on WV Public Broadcasting program, 2003. With overview of life and career and interview excerpts. See also the Featured Books page. 

Shelby, Anne

The Adventures of Molly Whuppie by Anne Shelby. Description of play performed by Rema Keen and Sue Massek in "March 2001 Events." Women's Studies, University of Kentucky web site.

The Adventures of Molly Whuppie by Anne Shelby, directed by Celeste Santamassino. Listed for November 1999, Third Annual Stars of the Future New Play Festival. The Pleiades Theatre Company ("Louisville's Premiere Women's Theatre Company").

The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales. Shelby reads "Molly Fiddler" from the book on the Barnes and Noble web site.

Aesop Accolades 2008. Shelby's 2007 book The Adventures of Molly Whuppie honored by the American Folklore Society, Children's Folklore Section.

Alice Moments: Echoes, Ripples and Light. Fact Sheet, Pleiades Theatre Co. with information on this play by Shelby, Nancy Gall-Clayton, and songwriter Sue Massek, about five noteworthy Kentucky women.

AnneShelby.com. The author's web site.

Belinda Mason: The Gift by Anne Shelby, directed by Charlotte Hammett Hubrich. Listed as commissioned play for October 2000 Stars of the Future New Play Festival. The Pleiades Theatre Company ("Louisville's Premiere Women's Theatre Company").

Buchanan, Bobbi. Interview with Anne Shelby. In New Southerner; The Mainstream Magazine of Alternative Thinking. Fall 2007. Louisville, KY. Online magazine. Interview about Shelby's life, family background and work, shortly before the release of The Adventures of Molly Whuppie.

Clooney, Nick. Heartfelt Tributes to Rosie. The Cincinnati Post Online Edition 21 Mar. 2003. Article on the artistic influence of KY singer Rosemary Clooney includes comments from Shelby on what Clooney meant to KY women, and information on dramatic scenes she wrote about Clooney's influence in a short play "Remembering Rosemary."

Herrin, Roberta. Review of The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales. Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, vol. 23 (Fall/Winter 2007).

"Hillbillies Get Organized." A Rural Reality column by Shelby from the January 15, 2003 edition of the Manchester [KY] Enterprise, on discussions surrounding hillbilly stereotypes and protests against CBS's plan for a "Real Beverly Hillbillies" show.

Kentucky Foundation for Women awards a 2003 Art Meets Activism Grant to Anne Shelby for play based on the life of Kentucky activist and folksinger Aunt Molly Jackson.

Meihaus, Stacie. "Get Ready for Some Folk 'Whuppie.'" Kentucky Kernel 7 Mar. 2001. Reprinted in the online archives of the student newspaper of the Univ. of KY, Lexington. Article on the play The Adventures of Molly Whuppie by Shelby.

"Message to Men." Poem in Writing Who We Are: Poems by Kentucky Feminists. Ed. Elizabeth Oakes & Jane Kentucky Feminist Writers Series. Olmsted. Western KY University Press, 1999. Poem reprinted in this web site.

Moses, Tim. Review of Homeplace (picture book by Shelby and Wendy Anderson Halperin). Bookwire.com. 2001. R. R. Bowker LLC.

"Noted National AIDS Figure, Kentucky Author Belinda Mason, Subject of Spring Performance at Georgetown College" and "Georgetown College's Maskcrafters Designate March 31 Performances as AIDS Benefit." Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY, 2001. Articles on college news pages about Passing Through the Garden: The Work of Belinda Mason by Anne Shelby, performed by Georgetown College's drama organization, The Maskcrafters, as the third annual performance for Kentucky On Stage: The Performing Kentucky Authors Project.

"Rema Keen and the After School Drama Team." In "2002-2003 Visiting Artists." Polk County, NC Schools, 2001. Description with two photos of Rema Keen's adaptation of The Adventures of Molly Whuppie with students at Saluda School (preK-8th grade), Saluda, NC.

"Shelby, Anne: The Adventures of Molly Whuppie (brief book review)." Kirkus Reviews (Sept 15, 2007). Available online through library services such as Academic OneFile. Gale. (accessed 1 Nov. 2007). 

Smith, Mary Jean. Rev. of Shelby's The Adventures of Molly Whuppie. School Library Journal 11/1/2007. Brief positive review available online.

"Waiting for Daylight: A Domestic Violence Story, Text by Anne Shelby." Program notes on the music for soprano and orchestra by Steve Rouse, Louisville, KY, 1997. Lyrics by Shelby are printed on this Univ. of Louisville web page.

Whaley, Charles. "'Alice Moments: Echoes, Ripples and Light': Tribute to Women Stands Out." The Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY] 28 Mar. 2003. Article on play by Shelby, Nancy Gall-Clayton, and songwriter Sue Massek, about five noteworthy Kentucky women.

Shipley, Vivian

Travis, Robin. Feature "Pulitzer Nominated New Haven" in Poetic Voices, July/Aug. 2002, gives overview of life and career of this poet originally from eastern Kentucky. Includes several poems from the book New Haven.

Showell, Ellen Harvey

Ellen H. Showell. Page with introduction to author, short summaries of her books, and links to other sites, at Children'sBookGuild.org.

Ellen Harvey Showell. The author's web site.

Slate, Joseph

Joe Slate. The author's web site gives information on his life as a native of WV and his writing career. His books for children include the popular Miss Bindergarten picture book series illustrated by Ashley Wolff and his recent young adult novels. Crossing the Trestle, set in World War II WV, is based partly on his home near the Ohio River and his sister.

Slayton, Fran Cannon

Fran Cannon Slayton: author, dreamer. Web site about the author and her historical novel set in WV, How to Stop a Moving Train.

Smith, Lee

Barbara Bates Smith–Lee Smith's Work. Off Broadway actress performs one-woman adaptations of literary works, with reviews, photos and other information in her web site.

Fair and Tender Ladies. Alabama Shakespeare Festival's web page on the dramatic adaptation by Eric Schmeidl with music and lyrics by Tommy Goldsmith, Tom House and Karren Pell. With photos, reviews, and music clips.

Lee Smith, Official Site of the Author. This comprehensive site offers a variety of informative categories: In Her Own Words, Latest News, Major Works, Articles, Tour Schedule, Biography, Awards, and Oral History Project.

Lee Smith. Author Spotlight. Random House, publishers of many Lee Smith novels.

Lee Smith. Profile at Tennessee Writers. The Tennessee Writers Project. Sponsored by the English Department of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Lee Smith (b. 1944). Author page for The Heath Anthology of American Literature, 5th ed. Ed. Paul Lauter. Houghton Mifflin.

Guralnick, Peter. "The Storytellers Tale." Los Angeles Times Magazine 21 May 1995. Excerpts reprinted at Hollins University web site.

McDaniel, Janet Walker. "Something to Say: An Interview with Lee Smith." Writers Write: The Internet Writing Journal Dec.-Jan. 2003. With photos and book covers.

News of the Spirit by Lee Smith. Reading Group Guides has pages on other Smith books as well, with discussion questions, review excerpts, overview on books and author.

On Agate Hill. Frank Stasio speaks with Lee Smith about her 2006 historical novel. Audio at NC Public Radio.

"Play: 'On Agate Hill' From the Lee Smith Novel. Mountain Area Information Network: The Community Network for Western North Carolina. 28 Oct. 2007.

Provence, Lisa. "Obsessive Love: Lee Smith Happy to be Back in Town." Interview article with photo in The Hook weekly newspaper. Charlottesville, VA. 22 March 2007

Wentworth, Anna "Life, Love and Loss in the Virginia Mountains." The Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com. June 10, 2002. Review of stage adaptation of Smith's novel Fair and Tender Ladies, production at Lime Kiln Theater. (article not online 4/28/08)

Wired for Books Audio Interviews with Lee Smith. Interviews by Don Swaim at CBS Radio, New York, 1985 and 1990. Ohio University web site.

Smucker, Anna Egan - see also AppLit author pages on Anna Smucker

Anna Egan Smucker. The author's web site, linked to her blog.

Anna Smucker. Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, Guide to Resources for the Study of West Virginia Authors and Appalachian Literary Traditions. West Virginia Wesleyan College. Biography, bibliography, summary of critical responses.

A History of West Virginia for New Readers. Full text, illustrated, with author and source information, and workbook, at West Virginia Humanities Council web site (WVHC address has changed: this link has been revised 1/21/03).

Uhlman, Lyn. "Young Reader Inspired by Famous Namesake." Bayside Bulletin, The Redland Times [Cleveland, Queensland, Australia] 6 Jan. 2009. Article with photo about Anna Egan, a five-year-old in Australia who made friends with Smucker because of their shared names. A poem by young Anna is printed in Smucker's blog.

Stephenson, R. Rex - see AppLit bibliography of Dramas and Tales by R. Rex Stephenson

R. Rex Stephenson, Professor of Drama. Stephenson's web page contains his resume and links to sites with information on his published plays and stories, tales printed in AppLit, and study guides and photos of dramas he has written and directed for the Jack Tale Players and Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre at Ferrum College, VA.

Still, James - see AppLit bibliography James Still's Books for and about Children

Boggess, Carol. "The Poetry of James Still’s Days and Ways." Asheville Poetry Review, vol. 10, no. 1.(2003).

James Still Homepage. Maintained by Sandy Hudock, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, Colorado, this site contains Autobiography, Text and Audio Poetry, Links to Critical and Biographical Sources, Searchable Index to Appalachian Heritage, and Links to Special Collections.  A very impressive site.

Books by James Still published by The University Press of Kentucky - use search function to find pages on a number of books by Still.

A James Still Bibliography by George Brosi in KYLIT

James Still by Catherine Allameh  - essay in KYLIT, 1997

James Still by Stephen Mooney, Virginia Tech.  Biography with links to students' papers on Still and his works.

James Still’s River of Earth: Portrait of a Kentucky Poet. Documentary film (1997, 60 minutes) by Kentucky Educational Television. Downloadable study guide by George Ella Lyon at this link, for Reading/Writing curriculum for grades 7-adult. Biography by George Ella Lyon and photograph also at this KET link.

Olson, Ted. James Still (1906-2001). Profile in The Literary Encyclopedia (The Literary Dictionary Co.), 2002. Access to some pages requires paid membership, but this profile is available free.

Ourselves and That Promise. Dir. Joe Gray with Gene DuBey and Scott Faulkner. Whitesburg, KY: Appalshop, 1978. Running Time: 27:00. Film on four contemporary Kentucky men and their relationship to their environment, including poets James Still and Ronnie Criswell, writer Robert Penn Warren (native of western KY) and photographer Billy Davis. Description, photo at Appalshop Films.

River of Earth web site. "This website amplifies a single passage from James Still's River of Earth in an examination of life in Appalachia....[It] came about through Georgetown University's ENGL-220-01: Appalachian Literature as completed by Steve Long, Andrew Owen, Neal Goldman & Rory Boyle (December 2003)." See also Fall 2003 and Spring 2005 index pages for other student projects in Patricia O'Connor's course.

Stuart, Jesse

Ballard, Jamie. Jesse Stuart. - essay in KYLIT, 1997.

Bills,  Carolyn. Jesse Stuart - (1906-1984). U. S. Literary Map Project: Kentucky. National Council of Teachers of English. "This essay was submitted by a student of Breen Reardon, an English teacher at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio."

Jesse Stuart Foundation: A Regional Press and Bookseller

Jesse Stuart Nature Preserve, Greenup County, KY

List of Jesse Stuart Books in the WVU Libraries

Sullivan, Sarah

Sarah Sullivan. Web site of the WV author.

Thompson, David

River of Memories: An Appalachian Boyhood. (2002 book). Stories about growing up in Bowen Creek, WV in the 1940s and 1950s are described on the author's web page, with several reviewers' comments. Description and Table of Contents also available at iUniverse Publishing.

Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb. Web site of the E. Tennessee author.

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Walker, Frank X

Affrilachia. April 2001 selection at Book Club @ KET. Gives links to information on the book, transcript of radio discussion, other links on Walker.

Affrilachian Authors Visit Ferrum College. Press release with photos of Frank X Walker, Bernard Clay, and Crystal Wilkinson, Sept. 2001. See also press release on Nov. 2005 visit at African American literature conference.

Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York. Review excerpts and poem from Walker's book about the slave York's journey with the Lewis and Clark expedition, at Univ. Press of Kentucky Press web site, 2003.

Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York. Review by Tom Pynn. Vox, Oxford, Mississippi's independent literary magazine, 2005.

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.

"Ex-Men (For Margaret and Kathy, Et Al.)." Appalachian Heritage Winter 2010. Poem available as pdf.

Five Poems by Frank X Walker. SN Review (a quarterly literary e-zine created for writers of non-genre fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) Spring 2005.

Frank X Walker: See Hear Taste Touch. The poet's web site, with background and book excerpts, including several poems from Affrilachia (2001), Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York (2003), and Black Box (2005).

Lansana, Quraysh Ali. "Soul in them there Hills." Black Issues Book Review March 2001. Reprinted at LookSmart Find Articles.

"Literary Patriarch for Gurney Norman." Appalachian Heritage Summer 2005. Poem.

Newberry, Elizabeth. "Poets Turned Prophets: Affrilachian Poets Claim the Space between two Worlds." Sojourners Sept.-Oct. 2000. Article in an online Christian magazine on Walker's development of the term "Affrilachian" and his close bonds with other Affrilachian poets, including Nikky Finney, Crystal Wilkinson, and Kelly Norman Ellis.

"Nyctophobia." Poem about mountaintop removal published in Appalachian Heritage, Summer 2009 (available online).

O'Driscoll, Bill. "Affrilachian Poets Co-founder Frank X. Walker Talks about his New Cultural Journal, Pluck!" Pittsburgh City Paper: The Arts, Entertainment & News Weekly 31 May 2007. Interview with photo.

Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture. Edited by Frank X Walker, 2007- .

"Poet Frank X Walker to Present –'Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York' at Kentucky Artisan Center." Commonwealth of Kentucky. Press release, September 27, 2005.

"Step(Fathering) on Eggshells." Poem about stepfathers published in Appalachian Heritage, Summer 2008 (available online).

Ware, Cheryl

Cheryl Ware. Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, Guide to Resources for the Study of West Virginia Authors and Appalachian Literary Traditions. West Virginia Wesleyan College. Biography, bibliography, summary of critical responses.

Cheryl Ware, Children's Author  "Cheryl Ware writes humorous novels for children. Her books are about 11-year-old Venola Mae Cutright, who was recently called 'The Huckleberry Finn of the Nineties.'"  The site contains information on School Visits, an Author Bibliography, Reader Comments, Resources for Aspiring Authors, Accelerated Reading Tests, Cheryl's Babies, and Book Orders.

Hanlon, Tina L. "Old and New Stories from Appalachia." The Five Owls, vol. XVII, issue III, 2004. Formerly reprinted in The Five Owls web site. Now reprinted in AppLit. 

"Popular author offers workshop for children"  by Eric Fossell, The Herald Dispatch, Huntington, WV, July 11, 2001. 

Warmuth, Donna Akers

Donna Akers Warmuth. Web site of the author, a native of the Abingdon, VA area living in western NC. Writer of short stories, poetry, photographic histories of Abingdon, VA (2003) and Boone, NC (2004), and a children's story set in Abingdon's Plumb Alley Day festival. Includes an excerpt of the book for middle grade readers, Plumb Full of History: A Story of Abingdon, Virginia, (illustrated by DeAnna Akers, Gobble High Country Publishers, 2003). Web site also has photographs, biography, review excerpts, trivia questions and notes for and from children.

Washington, Booker T.

Booker T. Washington biography, Black History Month, Gale Cengage Learning Free Resources.

White, Ruth

Biography: Ruth White. Scholastic.com. Brief autobiography with focus on influence of White's Appalachian roots and her home town, Grundy, Virginia, setting for Belle Prater's Boy and its sequel (accessed 1 Aug. 2012).

Cole, Pam B. An Interview with Ruth White. The ALAN Review, vol. 22 (Winter 1995). Reprinted in full online.

Ruth White Papers Finding Aid. Children's Literature Research Collections. University of Minnesota Libraries.

Ruth White Teacher Resource File. Internet School Library Media Center, James Madison University. A page of links to a variety of resources on White (no longer online).

West, Mark I. "Growing Up in the New South as Reflected in Children’s Literature." Includes discussion of White's Belle Prater's Boy contributed by Tina Hanlon. The Five Owls, vol. XVII, issue III. Was reprinted in the past in The Five Owls web site, with bibliography. Passage on Belle Prater reprinted in AppLit with Old and New Stories from Appalachia.

White, Ruth. "Little Audrey by Ruth White: A Family in Postwar Virginia." Review by Jane Stimmen. 24 Oct. 2008. Also "An Interview with Author Ruth White, Author of Little Audrey," by Jane Stimmen. 6 Mar. 2009. World Socialist Web Site.

Wilkinson, Crystal

Blackberries, Blackberries by Crystal Wilkinson. 2002 collection of stories about women in rural Kentucky. Information with cover, excerpt (about growing up in Indian Creek, Kentucky) and reviews at Toby Press web site.

Blackberries, Blackberries by Crystal Wilkinson. Sept. 2001 selection at Book Club @ KET, with links to reviews, interviews, transcript of radio discussion, and other information about Wilkinson. Her book Water Street is Sept. 2003 selection.

Coal Black Voices. Information with photos on 2001 documentary about Affrilachian poets. Media Working Group.

Crystal Wilkinson (1962) by Frank X Walker. Short overview on her "Affrilachian" poetry and short stories in KYLIT, 2002.

Affrilachian Authors Visit Ferrum College. Press release with photos of Frank X Walker, Bernard Clay, and Crystal Wilkinson, Sept. 2001.

"The Man I Loved." Fiction in Appalachian Heritage Summer 2010. Available as pdf.

Newberry, Elizabeth. "Poets Turned Prophets: Affrilachian Poets Claim the Space between two Worlds." Sojourners Sept.-Oct. 2000. Article in an online Christian magazine on Frank X Walker's development of the term Affrilachian and his close bonds with other Affrilachian poets, including Wilkinson, Nikky Finney, and Kelly Norman Ellis.

Willis, Meredith Sue

Meredith Sue Willis. Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, Guide to Resources for the Study of West Virginia Authors and Appalachian Literary Traditions. West Virginia Wesleyan College. Biography, bibliography, summary of critical responses.

Meredith Sue Willis: Author and Teacher. Native of WV. The author's web site includes fiction printed online, writing exercises, and information about her books for children and adults.

Wood, Francis Eugene

Tip of the Moon Publishing. A web site devoted to stories for families by Francis Eugene Wood, Farmville, VA. Background on the author and on each book is included, with review excerpts, pictures, and ordering information. The stories are mainly fantasies set in the Blue Ridge, some incorporating Native American traditions. They are illustrated by various local artists from the same region.

Francis Wood. A page on the web site of Rolleighdon Bookstore, Farmville, VA, which features Southside Virginia Authors.

Yep, Laurence

Laurence Yep Teacher Resource File. Internet School Library Media Center, James Madison University. A page of links to a variety of resources on Yep.

Learning about Laurence Yep. Compiled by Adrienne Gendell and Maggie Hanley with Kay E. Vandergrift, 1996. Bibliographies on every aspect of Yep's work to 1996, short bio, reviews of books, etc. Includes list of reviews of The Star Fisher (set in WV).

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