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Mid-Ohio Valley writers join project on Northern Appalachia literature

The cover of the “Northern Appalachia Review.” Writers from Wood County have been included in the publication by Sunbury Press. (Image Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Local writers have been published in the first volume of the “Northern Appalachia Review” by Sunbury Press.

The journal, dedicated to the literature of Northern Appalachia, conveys the character of the people and places of the region by publishing work representing them as culturally distinct, but part of greater Appalachia.

Included in the publication were poems from Susan Sheppard, David B. Prather, Randi Ward and Barb McCullough of Wood County.

Sheppard is the creator of the Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours and is a founding member of West Virginia Writers.

Prather’s debut poetry collection “We Were Birds” was published by Main Street Rag Publishing last year. He has been active with the Actors Guild of Parkersburg for more than 20 years.

McCullough is a former editor of “Confluence Literary Magazine,” a writing consultant and an educator who retired after 35 years teaching in Wood County Schools.

Ward is the founder of the Parkersburg Poetry Series, is a literary translator, lyricist and photographer.

Other writers from the area included in the review were Ohio’s current Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour, novelist and poet Bonnie Proudfoot of Athens County and poet Stephanie Kendrick, all of Athens County.

Northern Appalachia includes the Appalachian counties of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and the northern portion of West Virginia, said founding editor and Editor-in-Chief P.J. Piccirillo, an instructor of English and Humanities at Butler County (Pa.) Community College.

“People in or of these parts have great stories to tell, and the world wants and needs to hear them,” Piccirillo said.

The editors of the 264-page Northern Appalachia Review hope that the publication serves as a catalyst to inspire more novels, poetry, essays, history, memoir, drama, and other kinds of writing that will help articulate the literary identity of the region; compiling a body of work by the region’s writers is also essential to establishing a literary canon for the literature of northern Appalachia.

“Northern Appalachia Review” is available from Sunbury Press Books for $19.95 at https://www.sunburypressstore.com/Northern-Appalachia-Review-v1-9781620062838.htm It is also available in digital and print formats from Amazon and can be found in select bookstores.

Kathryn Holt of Wheeling designed the mixed-media collage featured on the cover. For more information, contact the editors at NorthernAppalachiaReview@gmail.com.

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