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Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence : Writer-in-Residence 2023



This research guide provides library resources and extra information concerning topics, themes and genres; the link above provides resources and avenues of study and reflection found by the Appalachian Studies department.

Web Resources: The Region

CSEGA: Marshall University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia

Appalachian Region Commission: government commission on Appalachia

Appalachian Trail Conservancy: home page of the Appalachian Trail group that creates the Foxfire books

Web Resources: Appalachian Speech

The Dialect of The Appalachian People: online article from West Virginia History

Southern Appalachian English: website from the University of South Carolina on and about Appalachian English; check out the bibliography!

DARE Language Distribution Maps: in color, these are the "regions" of American English as compiled in the Dictionary of American English; here, also is a list of linguistic regions each state is part of.

Web Resources: Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop Removal 101: A short guide on mountaintop removal provided by Appalachian Voices, a non-profit organization

Christians for the Mountains: A non-profit Christian group that advocates and partners with organizations that promote environmental justice, ethical and sustainable human practices that preserve the region, and stewardship of place as a moral responsibility.

Mid-Atlantic Mountaintop Mining :EPA site

OVEC: Ohio Valley Enviromental Coalition


"Passive, Poor and White? What People Keep Getting Wrong about Appalachia" by Elizabeth Catte, published in The Guardian on February 5, 2018.

"Appalachia Puts Environmental Human Rights to the Test": an article in the January 17, 2018 issue YES! magazine by Nicholas F. Stump

Restoring Appalachia : Written for Orion Magazine by McKay Jenkins, this article shares what is being done in Appalachia to bring it back to ecological and economic health

Appalachia Envisioned: A New Era of Opportunity: The strategic plan of the Appalachian Regional Commission for 2022-2026.

The Work of Ann Pancake

Listed below is the One Book, One West Virginia finalist selection.

   2023 Book Selection

book cover_Strange_As_This_Weather_ Has_Been_by Ann_Pancake

Strange as This Weather Has Been Ann Pancake

Library General Collection, 3rd floor

PS3616.A36 S77 2007

    Author: Ann Pancake





Ann Pancake's blog contains information about her published works and links to sites about mountaintop removal.

The One Book, One West Virginia program is similar to the Common Reading initiative, only it involves the whole state. Supported by the West Virginia Library Commission, the reading selection is also the book chosen for Shepherd's Appalachian Writer-in-Residence program (paraphrased from their website).



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