Appalachian Renaissance: A Conversation with Marc Harshman and Meredith Sue Willis
Three multi genre authors with deep roots in West Virginia will talk about their new works and the current debate over images of Appalachia.
Marc Harshman's latest poetry collection is "Woman in Red Anorak."
Valerie Nieman's new novel is "To the Bones."
Meredith Sue Willis's latest novel is "Their Houses."
The Appalachian Renaissance is a term usually used to refer to a generation of writers in the Appalachian region who were college educated and thus aware of, and often students of, literature. They claimed for themselves the right to use an Appalachian world view to comment on society at large. One anthology of these writers includes nationally known figures such as Fred Chappell, Robert Morgan, Lee Smith, Mary Lee Settle, and Charles Wright as well as dozens of less prominent, though no less gifted, writers. All these, and many more, have enriched American literature and broadened its scope from what was once considered strictly regional writing.