Appalachian Journal Releases New Issue v.47: 1-2

Appalachian State’s interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed quarterly

The latest Appalachian Journal features reviews and articles that focus on opioids in Appalachia, along with poetry by two recent Poet Laureates—George Ella Lyon of Kentucky and Joseph Bathanti of N.C., and poems by Phillip Howerton, R.T. Smith and Stuart Gunter.

Ferrum College Professor Lana Whited discusses the opioid epidemic with journalist Beth Macy in a public interview about Macy’s book “Dopesick.” Social workers, health care professionals, law enforcement officials, scholars and community members of the Appalachian region explore the topic further in a Virginia symposium featuring Sharon Buckman, Stacy Gill, Martha Haley-Bowling, Carolyn Hauck, Beth Macy, Bill Overton, Debbie Powell, Pam Rickard and Jennie West. This issue of the journal also includes book reviews by Samuel J. Richards on Chris McGreal’s “American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts,” and Judy Jenks on “Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio.” Martha Haley-Bowling reviews the Netflix documentary film “Recovery Boys” by Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

Appalachian Journal features first-person essays on Appalachian identity by award-winning novelist Ann Pancake and poet-activist Pauletta Hansel. Christopher Ryan McCloud explores video game representations of the Appalachian region in his essay “Virtual Appalachia.”

Forrest Gray Yerman reviews “Liberia, South Carolina: An African American Appalachian Communityby John. M. Coggeshall. W. Paul Williamson reviews “Religion of Fear: The True Story of the Church of God of the Union Assembly” by David Cady. Anna Rachel Terman reviews Obermiller and Wagner’s “The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission: A History, 1943-2013.” Amanda E. Hayes reviews Matthew Ferrence’s memoir “Appalachian North,” and Elaine Fowler Palencia reviews “Sergeant Sandlin: Kentucky’s Forgotten Hero” by James M. Gifford.

Sunshine Liberty Brosi reviews Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel “Unsheltered.” Silas House’s award-winning novel “Southernmost” is reviewed by Rondalyn Whitney. Matt Wimberly reviews “Bootleg,” Annie Woodford’s first poetry collection, and novelist Kayla Rae Whitaker reviews former Kentucky Laureate Gurney Norman’s long awaited book “Allegiance: Stories.”

The lives and works of Michael B. Montgomery, Richard Drake and Robert Clinton Parker are remembered by Paul E. Reed, Mark T. Banker and Fred J. Hay.

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About the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review
Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, founded in 1972, is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed quarterly journal housed at Appalachian State University. The journal features field research, interviews and other scholarly studies of history, politics, economics, culture, folklore, literature, music, ecology and a variety of other topics, as well as poetry and reviews of books, films and recordings dealing with the Appalachian Mountains region. Learn more at

About the Center for Appalachian Studies
The Center for Appalachian Studies promotes public programs, community collaboration, civic engagement and scholarship on the Appalachian region. The center is committed to building healthy communities and deepening knowledge of Appalachia’s past, present and future through community-based research and engagement. Learn more at

By Anna Muckenfuss
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Appalachian Journal graphic: Appalachian State’s interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed quarterly
Published: Mar 18, 2020 2:46pm