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Appalachian Heritage

Edited by Jason Howard

Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 46, Issue 4

Size: 6 x 9, approx. 130 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 0363-2318


In this age of information overload, Appalachian Heritage strives to be a literary sanctuary for the finest contemporary writing and visual art that we can find. Each quarterly issue showcases the work of emerging and established writers throughout Appalachia and beyond, offering readers literature that is thoughtful, innovative, and revelatory.

Based at Berea College and now in its forty-first year of publication, Appalachian Heritage considers previously unpublished fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young adults, craft essays, book reviews, and visual art. In addition to new and emerging writers, contributors to the magazine include finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award; winners of the T. S. Eliot Award, the E.B. White Award, and an O. Henry Prize, among others; and multiple Pushcart Prize nominees. Works by contributors have been reprinted in New Stories from the South and other notable anthologies.

Past contributors to Appalachian Heritage include Harriette Arnow, Pinckney Benedict, Wendell Berry, Nikki Giovanni, bell hooks, Silas House, Fenton Johnson, Maurice Manning, Jim Wayne Miller, Ann Pancake, Jayne Anne Phillips, Ron Rash, Lee Smith, James Still, Neela Vaswani, and Frank X Walker.

For more information, visit Appalachian Heritage’s website,

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, 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 in 2014.

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Jason Howard

Student Assistants

Frankie Baldwin, Rhea Carter, & Emily Masters

Manuscript Readers

Katherine Scott Crawford & Patti Frye Meredith

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by Berea College
CPO 2166
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Berea, KY 40404

Table of Contents

Fall 2018: Vol. 46, Issue 4

Editor’s Note by Jason Howard


Cumberland Waters by Albert Stewart
Stream by Llewellyn McKernan
Dark Rain by Irene McKinney
Terrain by Crystal Wilkinson
Luna Moth by Richard Hague
The Man Who Love Hummingbirds by Jeff Daniel Marion
Reading a Book in the Woods by Maurice Manning
The Three Ferns by Louise McNeill
Dying Back by Marilou Awiakta
My Cousin Digs My Father’s Grave by Ron Rash
Yellow-Eye Beans by Jeff Mann
hog killing time by doris davenport
Kissing the Ripe Tomatoes by Maggie Anderson
Not All That Much by Marc Harshman
Blue Tick Mongrel, Pacing the Pittsylvania Line by Annie Woodford
Discovering I Was and Was Not Alone by Ron Houchin
Paradise Regained by Jane Hicks
The Caryatids of Appalachia by Elaine Fowler Palencia
Mine is a Wide Estate by James Still


This is Where I’d Start Again by Julia Hogan
The Elk by Gary Thomas Smith


Black Ribbons by Kelly A. Dorgan
Fantasy Worlds by Monic Ductan


Letters to the Asylum 1, 2, 3 by Crystal Wilkinson
Explicating Bluefield by Rick Mulley
Big Lick: A Litany by Brandie Gray
Tomboy by Brandie Gray
I Come to the Garden Alone by Marc Harshman
Praxis by Marc Harshman
Our Men by Jenn Blair
Edward Mullins’s Last Confession by Jenn Blair
Mayday by Jenn Blair
Painting Paper Airplanes by Ron Houchin


Sally Rubin interviewed by Emily Masters


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