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Appalachian Writers Workshop
19 Dec 2013
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Plans are under way for the 37th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop at Hindman Settlement School. Mark your calendar for July 27-August 1, 2014.

The Hindman Settlement has an outstanding literary tradition that started with the early workers who wrote about the school and Knott County. Ann Cobb arrived in 1905 and remained to write sketches and dialect poems, many of which were collected for her book, Kinfolk: Kentucky Mountain Rhymes. As part of the Settlement's 100th anniversary celebration, a new volume, Kinfolks & Other Selected Poems by Ann Cobb, edited with an introduction by Jeff Daniel Marion was published.

Lucy Furman, an accomplished writer before coming to Hindman, published five novels about her years as housemother to the small Settlement boys and her association with the school and the surrounding area. Her novels were: Mothering on Perilous, Sight to the Blind, The Quare Women, The Glass Window, and The Lonesome Road.

The late James Still, poet, novelist and short story writer, was associated with Hindman for nearly 70 years and is buried on the Settlement's campus. He published 13 books, including his classic River of Earth. From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Selected Poems by James Still, edited by Ted Olson, was released after his death in 2001.

The late Albert Stewart, poet and founding editor of Appalachian Heritage magazine, became part of the Settlement family at the age of five. He organized the first Appalachian Writers Workshop.

Those interested in learning more about the workshop and its history should read Crossing Troublesome Creek: 25 Years of the Appalachian Writers Workshop, edited by Leatha Kendrick and George Ella Lyon. It was published by Wind Publications in 2002.

Regional literature can be purchased from Hindman Settlement School's Online Crafts Shop and during the Writers Workshop.

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This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

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Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry Academia Culture Education Heritage Local Rural Rural-Urban YORA Books/Writing Festival/Celebration Appalachia Southeast Poet Writer Hindman SettlementSchool
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