The winners of this year’s Weatherford Awards for the best books about Appalachia are Appalachian Reckoning (non-fiction) edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll, Forage by Rose McLarney (poetry), and Any Other Place (fiction) by Michael Croley. The Weatherford Awards honor books deemed as best illuminating the challenges, personalities and unique qualities of the Appalachian South. Granted by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association for 50 years, the awards commemorate the life and achievements of W.D. Weatherford, Sr., a pioneer and leading figure in Appalachian development, youth work and race relations, and his son, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., Berea College’s sixth President. These winning authors will be recognized at the 2020 Appalachian Studies Conference in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, March 13.
Acclaimed Appalachian Author Gurney Norman is the speaker for Berea College’s 139th commencement, May 8.
Gurney Norman, Kentucky Poet Laureate in 2009-10 and director of the University of Kentucky’s creative writing program, will address 240 candidates for graduation during Berea College’s 139th commencement on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in the main arena in Seabury Center. A live video stream can be viewed at http://www.berea.edu/commencement/2011. Norman will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Continue reading 2011 Commencement is May 8 @ 2 p.m. →