'Justice in Appalachia' focus of latest issue of magazine

Roan Mountain

JOHNSON CITY (Jan. 26, 2016) – Poetry, essays, interviews and photographs exploring the theme of “Justice in Appalachia” appear in the fall/winter issue of “Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine.”  The 64-page magazine, published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, also features music and book reviews.

“This issue includes diverse content by diverse contributors from eight states in the region,” said guest editor Marat Moore, author of “Women in the Mines: Stories of Life and Work.” “It was a joy to locate and publish new writers and to work with long-time contributors.”

The content reflects the many facets of justice in Appalachia — legal, racial, economic, environmental, gender, labor and more. Topics span murder trials, the Black Lives Matter and Moral Monday movements, fracking in Ohio, the development of racial and ethnic identity, the role of satire and humor in activism, intergenerational solidarity work, preservation of “people’s history,” food justice, cultural organizing and more.

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman’s innovative and deeply moving 3,000-word poem, “A Breach,” was born out of the January 2014 water crisis in West Virginia and incorporates flash fiction and documentary narrative.   Managing Editor Randy Sanders describes it as “one of the finest pieces we have published in 30 years.” 

Singer/songwriter Sam Gleaves writes about his LGBTQ journey into the world of Appalachian music, with a companion piece by his mother, Deanna Bradberry.  Scholar Phil Obermiller and Zack Zimmerman’s thought piece, “Judging Appalachians,” probes the positive and negative uses of a “cultural defense” in legal cases involving Appalachian defendants.  Writer and scholar Scott Goebel writes a whimsical and insightful piece about poet-activist and wordplay wizard Jim Webb, creator of the Wiley’s Last Resort, who was described as the “symbolic soul of the mountains” by former “Appalachian Journal”editor Jerry Williamson.

Subscriptions are $15 for two issues a year for an individual and $25 for a business, school or other institution. To subscribe online, visit www.etsu.edu/cas/cass/nowandthen/. To order by mail, send a check or money order payable to ETSU/CASS to: Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, ETSU P.O. Box 70556, Johnson City, TN 37614-1707.

The issue also is available at the following locations in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina: ETSU University Bookstore and the Shamrock in Johnson City; Historic Jonesborough Historic Visitors Center in Jonesborough; Wallace Newsstand in Kingsport; Zazzy’Z Coffee House and Roastery in Abingdon, Virginia; and Downtown Books & News in Asheville, North Carolina.

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