Spring 2018 Issue Released


Interview: Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon & Rebecca Gayle Howell

Appalachian Heritage talks to Sonja Livingston

Appalachian Heritage talks to Sonja Livingston

Winter 2018 Editor’s Note

I’ve been thinking a lot about Cincinnati lately, recalling the first glimpse of the Queen City as one rounds the bend on I-75 and begins the descent down toward the riverbed just before Covington. A few days ago, I opened my Internet browser and pulled up a map of the Ohio River on my screen, tracing its crooked…

2017 Denny C. Plattner Awards

We are proud to announce the winners of the annual Denny C. Plattner Awards, which were established in 1995 by Kenneth and Elissa Plattner to honor their late son and his love of writing. The awards are given to the finest pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that appeared…

Fish and Wildlife

Drew 1957 I was trailing after my father on a path between tall pines, heading back to our cabin at Kentucky Lake. We’d hiked to the bait shop before anybody else had come awake so Daddy could phone Number One. Daddy runs coal mines down in the mountains, and Number…

My Side

It’s taken me four long nights to accept the fact that I don’t have to huddle on the left side of the bed anymore. I can spread out. I can sprawl in the middle. I can leave my light on. I can eat chocolate chip cookies on the duvet, or…

Book Review

Laura Long & Doug Van Gundy, Eds. Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia. Morgantown, W.Va.: Vandalia Books, 2017. 368 pages. Softcover. $32.99. Reviewed by Emily Masters Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia is a…

The Boy and the Rafter

This was the summer after the winter the coal stoves of our neighbors upwind dropped flocks of commas on the parable snow. Noon crickets slept. The wind abandoned August and our trailer—that’s when voices lulled me back, pressed my face to a split-glass