Special to the Register
The 40th anniversary of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly, will be celebrated 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Gallery, 205 N. Main St. in Berea.
An 8 p.m. presentation following the reception will feature panelists Gurney Norman, Crystal Wilkinson and Silas House. The event is free and open to the public.
A former Kentucky poet laureate, Norman remembers when the first copy of Appalachian Heritage came out in 1973, he said.
The author of “Kinfolks,” “Divine Right’s Trip” and “Ancient Creek,” Norman will reflect on the role of the magazine in the renaissance of Appalachian literature. He teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky.
Crystal Wilkinson was a featured author for Appalachian Heritage in 2006.
She is the owner/manager of the Wild Fig Bookstore in Lexington. She also is the director of the bachelor’s of creative writing program at Morehead State University and the author of “Blackberries, Blackberries” and “Water Street.”
Silas House’s first published work appeared in Appalachian Heritage in 2004.
Subsequently, he published three novels and a youth novel. He also co-authored another youth novel and a nonfiction book, “Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal.”
All three of the panelists have pieces in the magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, which highlights some of the best work that has appeared in the magazine during its first 40 years.
The issue includes 30 poems, 18 short stories and 25 art prints and photos, all of which first appeared in previous issues of the magazine. Several of the artists and authors have indicated that they plan to attend the celebration.
Appalachian Heritage is a literary quarterly, published by Berea College, that highlights the art and literature of the southern Appalachian region.
Author Lee Smith called it “absolutely indispensable, the most trenchant, dependable, knowledgeable and innovative record of our region and our times.”