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Appalachian Review

Edited by Jason Howard

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Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 49, Issue 1

Size: 6 x 9, approx. 130 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 2692-9244 (print) 2692-9244 (online)

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In this age of information overload, Appalachian Review strives to be a literary sanctuary for the finest contemporary writing that we can find. Each quarterly issue showcases the work of emerging and established writers throughout Appalachia and beyond, offering readers literature that is thoughtful, innovative, and revelatory.

Founded in 1973 as Appalachian Heritage and based at Berea College since 1985, Appalachian Review considers previously unpublished fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young adults, craft essays, book reviews, and visual art. In addition to new and emerging writers, contributors to the magazine include finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award; winners of the T. S. Eliot Award, the E.B. White Award, an O. Henry Prize, among others; and multiple Pushcart Prize nominees. Works by contributors have been reprinted in New Stories from the South and other notable anthologies.

Past contributors to Appalachian Review include Pinckney Benedict, Wendell Berry, Wiley Cash, Nikki Giovanni, bell hooks, Silas House, Fenton Johnson, Barbara Kingsolver, Maurice Manning, Ann Pancake, Jayne Anne Phillips, Ron Rash, Lee Smith, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Neela Vaswani, Frank X Walker, and Crystal Wilkinson.

For more information, visit Appalachian Review‘s website, appalachianreview.net.

Jason Howard is the award-winning author, co-author, or editor of three acclaimed books: A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music (University Press of Kentucky, 2012), Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal (University Press of Kentucky, 2009), and We All Live Downstream: Writing About Mountaintop Removal (Motes Books, 2009). His numerous essays, features, reviews, and commentary have been widely anthologized and have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Sojourners, Equal Justice Magazine, Paste, The Louisville Review, the international magazine Revolve, and on NPR. Widely acknowledged as one of the South’s finest music writers, Howard has interviewed musicians spanning all genres including the iconic Yoko Ono, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Griffin, Naomi Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Skinny Deville of Nappy Roots, Caroline Herring, Jay Farrar of Son Volt, jazz pianist Kevin Harris, and legendary folksinger Jean Ritchie. Howard is the co-founder and former creative nonfiction editor of Still: The Journal, Appalachia’s first online literary magazine, and former senior editor of the national publication Equal Justice Magazine. Howard was awarded the 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction from the Kentucky Arts Council, and was a finalist for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award and the 2011 Roosevelt-Ashe Society Outstanding Journalist in Conservation Award. From 2010-2012, he was a James Still Fellow at the University of Kentucky. A southeastern Kentucky native, Howard holds a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University, an M.A. in History from the University of Kentucky, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014.

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Editor

Jason Howard

Book Reviews Editor

Emily Masters

Student Assistants

Skylar Bensheimer & Christopher Stuchell

Manuscript Readers

Katherine Scott Crawford & Patti Frye Meredith

Published Quarterly

by Berea College
CPO 2166
205 N. Main Street
Berea, KY 40404

Table of Contents

Vol. 49, Issue 1

EDITOR’S NOTE

by Jason Kyle Howard

FICTION

The Trouble With Snakes
by Monica Brashears

Clinch River Ashes
by Laura Demers

Call a Body Home
by Michael Alessi

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Cattle Upon a Thousand Hills
by Martha Grace Duncan

POETRY

She Scattered Love Like Wildflower Seed
by Clay Matthews

Moonless Pastoral 
by Despy Boutris

Melitodes
Oronym
by Emma Aylor

The Hunter’s Afterlife
by Virginia Ottley Craighill

Bench Saw
Queers on the Oregon Trail
by Matt Vekakis

Joshua 7:22 in the Ruins
by Jessica Jewell

Nostalgia 
Blue Heron
by DJ Hills

On a Dark Road 
by Rosemary Royston

The Poet Stumbles Upon a Used Hypodermic Needle While Fishing in Schuylkill County 
by Michael Garrigan

Rowing Out of a Riptide
by Forrest Rapier

On mowing over a snake
by M. Christine Benner Dixon

Mercy 
by Joseph Hardy

Self-Portrait in a Dirty Mirror With the Lights Off
Drive-In Movie During a Pandemic
by Matthew Hawk

INTERVIEW

Leah Hampton
by Annie Frazier

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