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MOV artists included in anthology

Artists and writers from the Mid-Ohio Valley are included in the 13th volume of the “Anthology of Appalachian Writers” published by the Shepherd University Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities and the West Virginia Center for the Book.

Wood County native Randi Ward and Kari Gunter-Seymour of Athens, founder and director of the Women of Appalachia Project, both have poetry and photography in the anthology. Gunter-Seymour, who is the Poet Laureate of Ohio, won the Appalachian Anthology Photographic Art Award for her photograph “Where I Come From.”

Retired Ohio Valley University English instructor Lois Spencer has a short story in the new book and educator Karen Whittington Nelson’s fiction and poetry were also chosen for publication.

Ward is a poet, translator, lyricist and photographer from Belleville. Nelson lives in Southeast Ohio and attended Ohio University and became a writer after she was a registered nurse and a teacher.

Spencer was an English teacher and also taught at Ohio Valley University.

The 2021 anthology celebrates the work of award-winning poet, novelist and activist Dorothy Allison. Allison was the 22nd Appalachian heritage writer-in-residence at Shepherd University where she received the Appalachian Heritage Writers Award.

The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is supported by the West Virginia Library Association, the West Virginia Humanities Council and the Shepherd University Foundation.

The volume includes stories of West Virginia Fiction Competition winners Cat Pleska, Jordan Carter, Pat Donohoe and Caroline Higginbottom. The photographic art published in the anthology will be part of an exhibit displayed during the Appalachian Heritage Festival each fall at Shepherd.

The “Anthology of Appalachian Writers” is available at Four Seasons Books, the Shepherd University Book Store, Tamarack and online. It is distributed by the West Virginia Library Association to school libraries in West Virginia.

For more information, go toshepherd.edu/ahwir/anthology-of-appalachian-writers or contact Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt at SShurbut@shepherd.edu.

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