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Appalachian Studies Conference

Our Instagram ad to promote the 7 Madville authors who attended the 47th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. They are pictured here in thumbnail, Jim Minick, Linda Parsons, Darnell Arnoult, Pauletta Hansel, Susan O'Dell Underwood, Dana Wildsmith, and Lisa J. Parker

Our Madville poets did a fabulous job of representing us at the 47th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

The theme was, Beloved Community: Pride in Identity, Culture, and Geography, and the conference took place March 7-9, 2024, at Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The Madville poets in attendance were Jim Minick (The Intimacy of Spoons), Linda Parsons (Valediction), Darnell Arnoult (Incantations), Pauletta Hansel (Heartbreak Tree), Susan O’Dell Underwood(Genesis Road and Splinter), and Lisa J. Parker (The Parting Glass and This Gone Place). (Dana Wildsmith (With Access to Tools) couldn’t make it.)

This is the first year we’ve attended this conference, but our poet, Jim Minick had this great idea… After all, we have so many wonderful poets from the region, It makes sense for us to participate in regional conferences. And look how happy they all are!