Elaine Fowler Palencia

The Literary Heritage of Hindman Settlement School

A remarkable number of writers have been associated with the first rural settlement school in America, located in Knott County KY. This short history begins with the journals and reports of Katherine Pettit and May Stone, founders of the school, and sketches the chain of creative influence that has linked faculty and students up to the present day. Writers of the Settlement School and its famous Appalachian Writers Workshop have helped to define Appalachian consciousness and preserve regional culture for decades. Authors considered include Josiah Combs, Lucy Furman, Ann Cobb, James Still, Albert Stewart, Jean Ritchie Verna Mae Slone, Jim Wayne Miller, and Harriet Arnow. Archival photographs enhance the text.

Selected Works

Palencia's third poetry chapbook illuminates her Appalachian short story collections.
Sequel to Taking the Train
A short story collection set in eastern Kentucky.
Returns to Blue Valley, the fictional location in eastern Kentucky of the highlyacclaimed Small Caucasian Woman.

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