Talking Appalachian: Voices of Place

Date(s) – 04/16/2013
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

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History, power, and sociopolitical institutions shape our attitudes about language and whether we view them with pride or prejudice. This presentation blends voices of scholarship and creative writers in an attempt to define what it means to speak one of the many dialects of this region. Dr. Amy Clark will discuss the complicated history of Appalachian Englishes while narrating her personal journey toward embracing her mountain speech.

Dr. Amy Clark teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and Appalachian studies at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She is founding Director of The Appalachian Writing Project, a nonprofit organization now in its eleventh season that coaches rural teachers in the best ways to teach writing while supporting their own writing and research. She is the author of Success in Hill Country (The Napoleon Hill Foundation, 2012) and co-editor of the recently released Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity and Community (with Dr. Nancy Hayward, University Press of Kentucky, 2013.) Her award-winning writing has appeared in many journals, magazines and newspapers. In 2012 she was awarded the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing by Lincoln Memorial University.

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