Mr. Jason Howard

Assistant Professor of Writing and Creative Writing Coordinator;
Editor, Appalachian Heritage Magazine

At Berea College since 2013

Contact Information

Stephenson Hall, 221
CPO 2166
Phone: 859-985-3699
Fax: 859-985-3903

Fall 2019

Office Hours

Tue/Thur: noon – 2:00 p.m.

Jason Howard Portrait, Photo taken by C. Williams

Class Schedule

  • ENG 124 B (Tue/Thur: 10 – 11:50 a.m.)


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


  • GSTR 210: Identity & Diversity in the U.S.: The Experience of Exile

Special Interests

  • Creative Writing
  • Appalachian Literature
  • Appalachian History
  • Music Journalism and Writing
  • British Literature
  • British History and Monarchy


  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Papers and Publications


Selected Essays, Features and Commentary


  • Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction, 2013
  • Kentucky Literary Award Finalist, 2013
  • Roosevelt-Ashe Society Outstanding Journalist in Conservation Finalist, 2011
  • University of Kentucky James Still Fellow, 2010-2012
  • Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, 2010


Jason Howard is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of three acclaimed books: A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music (University Press of Kentucky, 2012), Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal (University Press of Kentucky, 2009), and We All Live Downstream: Writing About Mountaintop Removal (Motes Books, 2009). His numerous essays, features, reviews and commentary have been widely anthologized and have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Sojourners, Equal Justice Magazine, Paste, The Louisville Review, in the international magazine Revolve, and on NPR. Widely acknowledged as one of the South’s finest music writers, Howard has interviewed musicians spanning all genres including the iconic Yoko Ono, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Griffin, Naomi Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Skinny Deville of Nappy Roots, Caroline Herring, Jay Farrar of Son Volt, jazz pianist Kevin Harris, and legendary folksinger Jean Ritchie.

Howard is the co-founder and former creative nonfiction editor of Still: The Journal, Appalachia’s first online literary magazine, and former senior editor of the national publication Equal Justice Magazine. Howard was awarded the 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction from the Kentucky Arts Council, and was a finalist for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award and the 2011 Roosevelt-Ashe Society Outstanding Journalist in Conservation Award. From 2010-2012, he was a James Still Fellow at the University of Kentucky. A southeastern Kentucky native, Howard holds a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University, an M.A. in History from the University of Kentucky, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.