WV Book Team: Collection of place-based writing includes fifty writers from Appalachia

“Mountains Piled Upon Mountains” features nearly 50 writers from across Appalachia sharing their place-based fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry. Moving beyond the tradition of transcendental nature writing, much of the work collected here engages current issues facing the region and the planet (such as hydraulic fracturing, water contamination, mountaintop removal and deforestation), and provides readers with insights on the human-nature relationship in an era of rapid environmental change.

Ron Rash, author of “Above the Waterfall,” calls it “a collection of writings that does more than record the observations of Appalachian authors on their environment. It is also a timely call to action: to preserve what might be lost and, most hopefully, what might yet be resurrected.”

Chris Green, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Berea College notes that “From the introduction onward, this collection, filled with bright surprises and sharp challenges, engaged my emotions, mind, and senses. Taking in its life-giving poems, heart-piercing stories, and ethically profound essays, night after night I pondered this collection, drank in Appalachia and nature, and felt my sense of wonder and connection renewed.”

This book includes a mix of new and recent creative work by established and emerging authors. The contributors write about experiences from northern Georgia to upstate New York, invite parallels between a watershed in West Virginia and one in North Carolina, and often emphasize connections between Appalachia and more distant locations. In the pages of “Mountains Piled Upon Mountains” are celebration, mourning, confusion, loneliness, admiration, and other emotions and experiences rooted in place but transcending Appalachia’s boundaries.

About the editor:

Jessica Cory teaches in the English department at Western Carolina University. She grew up in southeastern Ohio, and her work has been published in ellipsis ..., A Poetry Congeries, and other journals.

Book tour schedule:

September 20

Bluefield State College, Bluefield.

To order WVU Press books visit wvupress.com, phone (800) 621-2736, or visit a local bookstore like Taylor Books or West Virginia Book Company in Charleston, WV. To learn more about WVU Press, visit wvupress.com or Booktimist: A Blog about Books and Culture from West Virginia University Press. For updates on books and events, follow WVU Press on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or join our mailing list on wvupress.com.

Abby Freeland is the sales and marketing director and fiction editor at West Virginia University Press.

Trending Now

Funerals for Friday, November 22, 2019

Bartley, Anthony - 5 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Caldwell, Jackie - 11 a.m., Mitchell Cemetery, Left Hand Fork, Lens Creek.

Carrico, Elizabeth - Noon, Crossroads Apostolic Church, Bradley.

Crosswhite, Susan - 3 p.m., Main Street Church of Christ, Hurricane.

Hall, Donnie - 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Jones, Louise - Noon, Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Knapp, Howard - 1 p.m., New Hope Bible Baptist Church, Point Pleasant.

Melrose, Carolyn - 1:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Point Pleasant.

Miller, Blondell - 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Moore, Sharon - 1 p.m., Lohr & Barb Funeral Home, Parsons.

Smith, Patty - Noon, House of Prayer Full Gospel Church, West Hamlin.

Strawther, Marshall - Noon, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Sutherland, Gregory - 4 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Wilson, Steven - 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.