Local author Neva Bryan is among the poets, essayists, and fiction writers published in the 2018 volume of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers. Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author, served as editorial advisor for the anthology.
This year’s volume features an array of Pushcart writers, several Weatherford Award winners, and the work of two state poet laureates.
Neva Bryan is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories and poems. Nearly fifty of her poems and short stories appear in dozens of literary journals. Her work has also been anthologized in We All Live Downstream: Writings about mountaintop removal, published by Motes Books in 2009.
The Wiley Cash volume of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Shepherd University’s tenth volume of the anthology series, features the poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction of writers across the country and the region. The book is published by Shepherd University and the West Virginia Center for the Book. Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Appalachian Studies Coordinator at Shepherd University and managing editor of the Wiley Cash volume of the anthology, called the book “one of our best anthologies ever.”
Literary editors for the anthology include Brianna Maguire, David O. Hoffman, and Natalie Sypolt, and the contributors come from across the nation. Wiley Cash, editorial advisor for the anthology, was the 2017 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University, and his novel A Land More Kind than Home was the WV Common Read selection by the West Virginia Center for the Book. This tenth volume of the anthology series contains original and previously unpublished work by Cash, as well as an interview and essay on his writing.
The book also has photographic art that will be part of a September anthology celebration event on the Shepherd campus at the Byrd Legislative Center, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The book can be purchased at Four Seasons Books, the Shepherd University Book Store, Tamarack, Amazon, and other outlets. For information, contact Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, SShurbut@shepherd.edu.
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