Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Russell Johnson's first book, “The Moonshine Messiah,” is a mystery set in the coal fields of West Virginia.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Award-winning novelist Kent Krueger has written 23 books, including 19 in the popular Cork O’Conner mystery series. On Saturday, Krueger comes to Charleston for the West Virginia Book Festival. He spoke to Bill Lynch about his books, writing and his latest standalone novel, The River We Remember.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
This week on Inside Appalachia, a Pittsburgh artist channels the Steel City’s mythology and struggles — into tarot cards. Western North Carolina author Ron Rash shares his thoughts on writing about Appalachians. And we hear about efforts in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to return a young bald eagle to the wild.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Artificial intelligence is raising the possibility that students could cheat when writing papers, but educators and technology companies are ahead of the curve.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Shepherd University is one of the latest schools to be designated as a member of the National Writing Project.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the city of Huntington has created a Literary Laureate. The first person to hold the position is Daniel O’Malley.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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