Appalachian Symposium 2019

Tentative Schedule

All events will take place in Baird Lounge in the Alumni Building.

Free and open to the public!

Tuesday, September 10

PUBLIC CONVERSATION. Charles Frazier and Annette Clapsaddle. The two writers discuss Appalachia, Appalachian literature, and Cherokee traditions.

LITERARY SALON WITH CHARLES FRAZIER. The author of Cold Mountain, Thirteen Moons, Nightwoods, and Varina will read from his work and participate in a conversation with the audience about his writing.

Wednesday, September 11


PUBLIC CONVERSATION AND READING. Annette Clapsaddle will read from her upcoming novel–the first ever published by an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians–and will be interviewed by her editor, Silas House. A light lunch will be served.



WRITING THE NATIVE AMERICAN VOICE WORKSHOP. This workshop will examine the intentions behind writing from Native American perspectives and/or the inclusion of Native characters in fiction writing. We will analyze examples of both successful and unsuccessful approaches to Native characterizations and the potential hazards to avoid. Most importantly, the course will focus on the rounding out of Native American characters in a manner that authentically portrays both the writer’s message and character’s culture.


7-8 pm

CONCERT-DORI FREEMAN. One of the most exciting voices in Americana music joins us for a night of terrific music.

About the Writers

Charles Frazier is author of the contemporary classic, Cold Mountain, winner of the National Book Award and basis for the Oscar-nominated film as well as the New York Times bestsellers Thirteen Moons, Nightwoods, and, his most recent, Varina. He is a native of Western North Carolina. Frazier is a widely respected philanthropist and encourager of emerging talents

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle will be the first ever enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to publish a novel when her debut is published next year. She holds degrees from Yale University and William and Mary University. She served as Executive Director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, and now is an English teacher at Swain County High School, near where she was born and raised in Western North Carolina.

Dori Freeman is one of the most exciting new voices on the Americana scene. All three of her albums, including her latest, forthcoming in late September, have been produced by Teddy Thompson. A native of Southwest Virgnia, Freeman’s music is inspired by country, traditional, and blues, juxtaposing the ancient tones of her voice with modern, honest songwriting.