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Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence : Writer-in-Residence 2020

Meet the Author

Dorothy Allion's website contains  a short biography, links to her written works, and provides an events calendar for her as a writer.

A Writer, A Teacher

In this article posted on in November 2019, Dorothy Allison discusses the importance of making readers uncomfortable with situations presented in and through her novels.

One Book, One West Virginia

One Book, One West Virginia is the like Common Reading initiative for 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).

The Work of Dorothy Allison

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

bookcovertitled_Cavedweller_ byDorothyAllison


Cavedweller / Dorothy Allison

Circulating Collection, 3rd floor

PS3551.L453 C3 1998


The author's debut novel is below:

Bastard Out of Carolina / Dorothy Allison

Circulating Collection, 3rd floor

PS3551.L453 B37 1992



Other titles related to the author's primary themes or subject matter can be located in WorldCat Discovery using the subjects "Rural families," "forgiveness and reconciliation," "drug and alcohol abuse ","PSTD in children" and related subjects. Limit your initial search to "Shepherd University" to find items located at the library.

Dorothy Allison Talk at John Adams Institute

Below is a  talk given by Dorothy Allison about Cavedwellwer  at the John Adams Institute on February 24, 1999; this moderated talk was uploaded to YouTube on August 9, 2017 on the John Adams Institute's channel. A transcript for this video is available Youtube under the ". . ." (More) tab.