Shepherd University’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities is holding a reading of several works published in the 2021 “Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Dorothy Allison, Volume XIII.”
Rebecca Calloway, a graduate student in Shepherd’s M.A. in Appalachian studies program, will read from her piece “Transforming Trauma on the Appalachian Trail” about the first woman to solo hike the entire Appalachian Trail. The anthology’s editors will read several diversity and pandemic poems anthologized in the volume. Pat Donohoe, a former teacher, Presbyterian minister, and writer living in Shepherdstown will close the program with her story about sisters, “Closet Wars.”
The Dorothy Allison anthology volume centers on the themes of social justice and inclusion, as does Allison’s writing. Allison’s award-winning “Bastard Out of Carolina” and her 2020 One Book, One West Virginia Selection “Cavedweller” were both inspirations for the range of stories, poems, essays, and photography that went into the 2021 anthology.
Free event. July 18 (Sun) at 5 pm at Four Seasons Books (116 West German St., Shepherdstown).By Staff Contributor