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Jason Howard
Mr. Jason Kyle Howard
Assistant Professor of Writing and Creative Writing Coordinator; Editor, Appalachian Review Magazine|Appalachian Studies
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Office Location
Stephenson Hall, 221
Office Hours
  • Mon/Wed: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Virtual
Class Schedules
  • APS 121 (Mon/Wed: 12:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • ENG 124 A (Mon/Wed: 2:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • APS 121: Appalachian Cultures
  • ENG 124: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 280: Professional Writing Workshop: Feature Writing
  • ENG 282N: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 382: Advanced Creative Writing (capstone)
  • GSTR 210: Identity and Diversity in the United States: Exile in American Literature

Jason Kyle Howard is the author of A Few Honest Words, an essay collection that explores how the land and culture of Kentucky have shaped American music through the work of musicians including Dwight Yoakam, Naomi Judd, Joan Osborne, Nappy Roots, Matraca Berg, Jim James, and others. He is the author of the acclaimed essay and oral history collection Something’s Rising (co-written with bestselling novelist Silas House), which was hailed by the late Studs Terkel as “a revelatory work” for its unflinching look at mountaintop removal coal mining through the eyes of thirteen environmental activists.

Howard’s essays, features, and commentary have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Oxford American, Salon, The Nation, The Millions, Utne Reader, Paste, and Sojourners, and on C-SPAN’s Book TV and NPR. A widely acclaimed music writer, he has interviewed musicians spanning all genres including Yoko Ono, Carly Simon, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Griffin, Naomi Judd, and the legendary folksinger Jean Ritchie.

Howard is editor of Appalachian Review, a literary quarterly based at Berea College, where he teaches and directs the creative writing program. He serves on the graduate faculty of the Spalding University School of Creative and Professional Writing, and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and degrees from The George Washington University and the University of Kentucky.

  • MFA Creative Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2014
  • M.A. History, University of Kentucky, 2012
  • B.A. Political Communication, The George Washington University, 2003
Publications & Works