Entries in Ann Pancake (4)

Saturday
Mar252017

"Letter To West Virginia" and Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods

It's been a big week for writing and West Virginia. 

At least, I think so.

Ann Pancake, a writer I admire so very much, allowed Keegan Lester and me to publish her "Letter to West Virginia" at Souvenir I can't even say how excited I am that she allowed us to share this through our journal. To say I'm honored doesn't event come close to being enough.

I hope you will take time to read it.

Also this week, there has been several events around a new anthology of West Virginia writers from the WVU Press: Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods. Thursday there was a reception sponsored by the WVU Provost and Friday night there was a reading at 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown. Stay tuned--there will be other upcoming events!

Somehow I didn't get nearly enough pictures this week, but here are a few to share:

Here's the book's cover. Isn't just gorgeous?

Doug Van Gundy took this pic of me waiting to read. I had to read between two real master writers/readers--after Mark Brazaitis and before Jim Harms. Let me tell you, those guys are pros!

But everyone who read was a real pro. 

Dominique Bruno, the best PR-gal for writers, snapped this photo of me reading. 

In two days, I got to be among so many friends--old friends, new friends, new friends that feel like old friends!

Here I am with John Hoppenthaler, a friend of over 20 years, a terrific poet, in town to be a part of the reading. 

Friday
Nov252016

Electric Literature

Excited to share a new piece posted this week at a favorite online publication--Electric Literature, "Out of the Woods: Appalachia, Literature, and the American Dream."  It includes two 2016 titles of fiction-- Trampoline and The Rope Swing as well as insights from historian Robert Eller and writer Ann Pancake. 

 

Wednesday
Jan272016

New SummerBooks Podcast

We're back with the podcast, after, well, life happened. 

Sunday
Nov082015

Ragged-Edged Beauty

Thanks to the folks at Bellows American Review for publishing "Ragged-Edged Beauty: New Collections by Ann Pancake and Bonnie Jo Campbell." These works are by two writers that I find inspiring, and whose authenticity makes them a shining example of all that writing can do when it does what it does best--illuminate our empathy and humanity.