Lost State Writers Guild

Best-selling author Steven James will be featured at an Author Talk at Gray Library July 18 at 6 p.m. James is widely known for The Bowers Files, a psychological thriller series featuring FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers. The tenth book in the series, Every Deadly Kiss, was released earlier this month. In addition to being an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction, James has also traveled internationally for speaking engagements and to teach writing and storytelling. He will talk about his work and answer questions from the audience at Gray. He will also have books for sale that evening. For more information call the library at 477-1550.

Lost State Writers Guild

      August 3, 2017


          Amy Clark

Amy is a native of Jonesville, Virginia. She is the author of two books, and several articles and essays. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, With Good Reason radio program on NPR affiliates, Still, Appalachian Heritage, Blue Ridge Country, Now and Then, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tampa Tribune, Appalachian Voices, Appalachian Journal, National Writing Project online, and many others.Her co-edited book, Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community, was used as a dialect resource for actors during the filming of Big Stone Gap, a movie adaptation of Adriana Trigiani's novel of the same title; Amy also served as as a dialect consultant on the film's script.
Amy is a recipient of the Jean Ritchie Award in Appalachian Writing by Lincoln Memorial University, the highest monetary award given in Appalachian literature. Amy is the founding director of the Appalachian Writing Project, a non-profit organization, which supports rural teachers in their research, writing, and teaching about writing. In 2013, the AWP received the 2013 Helen Lewis Community Service Award, given by the Appalachian Studies Association. She has been a consultant to public schools, colleges, and universities on teaching writing to students with vernacular dialects, particularly students certifying to teach.
She teaches courses in writing pedagogy, Appalachian literature, rhetorical theory, speech, and sociolinguistics at The University of Virginia's College at Wise, where she has been honored with the Harrison Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Harrison Award for Research and Publication. She received her doctorate in English (rhetoric and applied linguistics) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is founding Co-Director (with Dr. Brian McKnight and Dr. David Rouse) of the Center for Appalachian Studies at UVa.'s College at Wise.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” —Mark Twain
Billy (Bubba) Crawford, owner of Bubba's Book Swap, 331 E. Sullivan St., Kingsport, TN has been most supportive of local authors for several years. He displays books by local writers throughout his store. Email Billy Crawford, or call and thank him for all his help.