The 40th(2017) Appalachian Writers Workshop, Hindman KY, has released two books: my monograph, The Literary Heritage of Hindman Settlement School, and Piano in a Sycamore: Writing Lesson from the Appalachian Writers' Workshop, edited by Silas House and Marianne Worthington.
I'll be launching my new chapbook, Going Places, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015, at the home of John and Lois Palen, Urbana IL. Refreshments served.
Reading With the Quintessential Poets
I'll be giving a poetry reading with three other members of the Quintessential Poets of Champaign-Urbana on Monday, April 27, in the auditorium of the Urbana Free Library, at 7:15 p.m. Mary McCormack, Frank Modica, John Palen and I will read from our work. Please join us for a National Poetry Month event.
My poem, "Driving Near the Kentucky-Virginia Border, Early Autumn, has won first place in the 2015 Clear Creek Writers Poetry Contest.
I have a short story, "We Didn't Know," in the the Journal of Kentucky Studies, v 30 (Sept. 2013) and a personal essay, "Newgrange," in the online journal Literary Mama for August 2014.
March 2014: The latest issue (v. 13.2,) of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, is out. My short story "Taps" is included.
My short story,"Taps," was chosen by novelist Wayne Caldwell to receive the James Still Short Story Prize at the 2013 Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.
I'm pleased to have a poem, "Beautiful Boy," in the winter-spring 2013 issue (#25) of Tipton Poetry Journal. The editors say the journal will transition from print to online with issue #27.
The summer 2013 issue of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, includes my poem, "Appalachian Out-Migration."
I'll be welcoming social work students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to my home on May 21, 2013, for their first stop on an "Appalimmersion"--Appalachian study experience--that will take them to the Bluegrass and eastern Kentucky. I will read selections from my Appalachian poetry to help frame what they'll be seeing and studying on their trip, which is organized by Dr. Vanda Galen.
Ebertfest 2013: I'll be participating in one of the panel discussions, "Challenging Stigma through the Arts," on Friday April 19, 10:30-11:45 a.m. in the Pine Lounge on the first floor of the Illini Union, U of I campus. Patrick Wang, writer, director, and star of the Ebertfest selection "In the Family," will be a featured panelist.
As part of the Boneyard Arts Festival 2013 in Champaign-Urbana, I'll be reading with other members of the Red Herring Fiction Workshop at Jane Addams Bookshop in downtown Champaign on Saturday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m.
Thanks to Andrew Solomon for including my poem, "Taking the Train," in his latest book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner, 2012). The poem appears in the chapter on Disability.
Downstate Story, a well-known print journal publishing fiction in Illinois, has released its first online issue at www.downstatestory.com. Elaine Hopkins is the editor. My story, "Field Station 134," is included among the selections.
Check out the fall 2012 issue of Still, a literary journal of southern Appalachia, at www.stilljournal.net. My short story, "Incident at Sky High," is published there as a finalist in their fiction contest, won by Jon Sealy. Sheldon Lee Compton was the other finalist.
I will be reading with Lania Knight at Orr Street Studios in Columbia, Missouri, on September 25. Please join us there!
The latest print edition of Bluestem, a literary journal published at Eastern Illinois University, includes my essay, "Practicing Stoicism at Hardee's."
Green River Writers Contest