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Somerset Community College to Host Harriette Arnow Conference on April 13

The 10th annual Harriette Arnow Conference on Appalachian Literature and Culture will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Somerset Community College. It will begin in the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the Somerset Campus North with registration at 8:30 a.m. The theme of the 2012 conference is Appalachian Handiwork: Sustaining the Arts and Crafts of Arnows Cumberlands.

The conference schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m.: Registration

9 a.m.: Conference Welcome by Sharon Whitehead, SCC Dean of Arts and Sciences

  • Readings by Darnell Arnoult and Karen Salyer McElmurray

10 a.m.: Creative Writing Workshops

  • Poetry- Darnell Arnoult- Cooper 100
  • Fiction- Karen Sayler McElmurray- Cooper 101

11:30 a.m.: Book Signings, SCC Bookstore

Noon: Lunch Keynote Address : Maker of the Song She Sang by Dr. Sandy Ballard

  • Entertainment: Roots and Branches: Irish Echoes in Appalachian Music by Robert Tincher

1:45 p.m.: Creative Writing Workshops

  • Poetry- Darnell Arnoult- Cooper 100
  • Fiction- Karen Sayler McElmurray- Cooper 101
  • A Conversation with Gurney Norman

3 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions- Cooper 101

  • Prisoning Hill: Acceptance and Denial of Appalachia and Denial of Appalachia from a Writers Perspective by Matt Spencer
  • A Narratorial Tour Through Harriette Arnows Old Burnside by Caleb Dempsey- Richardson

4 p.m.: Tom Arnows Memoir

Closing Remarks

About the presenters

Arnow- D Arnoult Darnell Arnoult was born and raised in Henry County, Virginia. She received a BA in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in English and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University and worked at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She is also the author of What Travels With Us: Poems, published by Louisiana State University Press and winner of the Appalachian Studies Association's Weatherford Award. Her novel Sufficient Grace was published by Simon amp; Schuster in 2007. Her fiction and poetry have been published in a variety of journals, and she has taught creative writing to adults for over fifteen years. She is currently the director of the creative writing program at Lincoln Memorial University and the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.
Arnow- K McElmurray Karen Salyer McElmurray is a lover of lakes, cats, sunlight and her native Appalachian tongue. She writes both fiction and creative nonfiction; her memoir, Surrendered Child, won the AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction and was listed as a notable book by the National Book Critics Circle. She is also the author of Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (University of Georgia Press), a novel that won the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing and, most recently, The Motel of the Stars, part of the 2009 Linda Bruckheimer Series from Sarabande Books. She has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Virginia, an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and a PhD from the University of Georgia, where she studied American Literature and Fiction Writing. McElmurray has just completed a new novel called Wanting Inez, which is almost ready to enter the world.
Arnow - S Ballard Sandy Ballard joined the Appalachian State University English Department faculty in 2000 as the editor of Appalachian Journal, a peer-reviewed scholarly quarterly founded in 1972. She is the author of essays and reviews in American literature, with special interest in Appalachian authors. With Patricia L. Hudson, she co-edited the anthology Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia (2003), and she has co-edited a collection of short stories by Harriette Simpson Arnow. She is active in the Appalachian Studies Association. In 2007 she received the Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award from the Appalachian Writers Association.
Arnow - R Tincher Robert Tincher reaches back to the Scots-Irish roots of Kentucky's folk music. His performance is enhanced by a scholarly background in anthropology and nearly four decades of familiarity with the traditional music of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Robert accompanies himself on a variety of instruments, including guitar, Irish bouzouki, and Irish hand drum, and sings a number of unaccompanied ballads in the traditional style. He draws heavily from Childs English and Scottish Popular Ballads, which some listeners may recognize from their Appalachian counterparts. Other specialties include Irish emigration ballads, and occupational and political songs from Glasgow, Scotland, a city he has long considered his second home. Besides concerts, Robert also gives workshops and educational presentations that explore the music's cultural history. Every appearance is a unique mix of song, story, authentic experience, and a genuine love for the music and people of the British Isles.
Arnow - G Norman Gurney Norman, having served as Kentuckys Poet Laureate for two years, continues as Director of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky. His first novel, Divine Rights Trip, was published in 1971, and his collection of short stories, Kinfolks, in 1978. He is a co-editor of Back Talk: Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes and An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature. He wrote and narrated three 1-hour documentaries about Kentucky for KET and collaborated on the adaptation of three of his Kinfolks stories, filmed to critical acclaim. His novella-length folktale, Ancient Creek, is set for release soon. His presence is the abiding spirit for this conference.
Arnow - T Arnow Tom Arnow, the son of Harold and Harriette Arnow, grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His extensive educational portfolio includes degrees from McGill University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Austin, from which he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Among other roles, he has served as a Programmer Analyst, Senior Research Engineer, and a college professor. He currently resides in San Antonio.
The cost for the conference is $20 and can be paid on April 13. In addition to the workshops and speakers, crafters will be on hand to demonstrate and display their work.

For more information about the Harriette Arnow Conference, contact Lynn Crabtree, English and Humanities Professor, at 606-451-6765 or