Appalachian Review

Edited by Jason Howard

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Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 49, Issue 2

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Founded in 1973 as Appalachian Heritage and based at Berea College since 1985, Appalachian Review considers previously unpublished fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young adults, craft essays, book reviews, and visual art.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 2

EDITOR’S NOTE

by Jason Kyle Howard

2020 DENNY C. PLATTNER AWARDS

FICTION

Adrift
by Erin Miller Reid

The Lost and Found Museum
by Laura Marshall

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Excerpt from Kin: A Memoir
by Shawna Kay Rodenberg

This American Fife
by Jake Maynard

Old Woman at My Window
Elaine Neil Orr

POETRY

Rake
Trying to Get Out of the Woods
In Sickness
Three Birds
Bound
by Laura Neal

What my brother’s brownness means to him
On the men of this family: To their future lovers
First Grade Autobiography

by Natasha Pepperl

Hide and Seek
Androczi’s Wine
by Jimmy Long

Poppy
Marilyn Diptych
by Carolyn Wilsey

Four Paintings by Cassatt
Elegy for E. A. Robinson
by Adam Tavel

I Swam Into You By Accident
You Go Here
by Gerald Yelle

A Poet of Hope  
by Chris Cocca

INTERVIEW

Shawna Kay Rodenberg
by Jason Kyle Howard

BOOK REVIEWS

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