Friday, October 3, 2014

4:00 – 6:00 pm – Check-in – Tucker Student Center, Lobby

4:30 – 6:00 – Appalachian Writers Association (AWA) Annual

                      Meeting – Tucker Student Center, Room 141

6:30 – 8:00 – Conference Opening Dinner and AWA Annual

                      Appalachian Book of the Year Awards Dinner –

                       Tucker Student Center, Faith Hall

Welcome – Dr. Earl Leininger, Associate Provost for Arts and

Sciences, Gardner-Webb University

Prayer – Dr. Ben Leslie, Provost, Gardner-Webb University

Introduction of the Speaker – Joyce Compton Brown, Professor

Emeritus, Gardner-Webb University

Speaker – Ron Rash

Presentation of the Appalachian Writers Association Appalachian Book of the Year Awards – Les Brown, Professor Emeritus, Gardner-Webb University

Book Signing

          Books available for purchase courtesy of Fireside Books and


8:15 – 10:00 – Open Mic, sponsored by Appalachian Writers

                         Association, Tucker Student Center, Faith Hall


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Check-in  October 4 – 7:30 – 9:30  Tucker Student Center, Lobby


Session I  A —–8:15 – 9:30  Tucker Student Center, Room 327 

            Moderator – Billy Salyers

Frederick Waage, “TVA/Appalachia: Amy Greene’s Long Man and Its Predecessors”

Tasha Stewart, “You Can’t Eat Scenery: Hard Choices or No Choices in Ron Rash’s Environmental Fiction”

Adria Focht, “Common Threads: Kings Mountain’s Textile Heritage from Prehistory to Today”  (Adria is director of Kings Mountain Museum. She and her staff have installed an exhibition of textile history in the GWU art gallery in Tucker Student Center, so her presentation has a three dimensional aspect, even though she will be presenting in a conference room. Folks can study the exhibit at their leisure.)

Session I  B —–8:15 – 9:30    Tucker Student Center, Room 141

            Moderator – Glenn Bottoms

Donald Secreast, “How Furniture Factory Children Viewed Textile Factory Children in the 1960s”

Kathy Ackerman, “The Role of Race in the Attempt to Unionize the Loray Mill, Gastonia, NC, 1929”

Anita Rose, “Intersections of Feminist and Marxist Ideologies in Fielding Burkes’s Call Home the Heart “  (Burke’s book is a fictionalized account of the 1929 Gastonia strike.)

9:45 – 10:15 —- Informal Music, Front Porch Style, Tucker Student Center, Faith Hall

            Al Dunkleman and New Plowed Ground

Session II —- 10:30 – 11:45  Tucker Student Center, Faith Hall

            Moderator – Ted Alexander

Jan Blodgett, “Under Lake Norman”

Tim Vanderburg, “Charles Cannon, Paternalism and Labor Relations: Kannapolis, 1919-1948”

Les Brown and Joyce Compton Brown, “’Cheap and Contented Labor: Sinclair Lewis and the Marion Textile Strike of 1929”

11:45 – 1:00 — Lunch and Concert  Tucker Student Center,         Faith Hall

The Log Cabin String Band

Session III  A —- 1:15 – 2:30    Tucker Student Center, Room 327

            Moderator – Ary Bottoms

Jim Clark, “Southern Mill Life in Poem and Song”

Joyce Compton Brown, “Visions of the Past, Insights into the Future: Down the Great Wagon Road to Union of Scots-Irish and Germanic Cultures in a Foothills Family”

Jimmy Dean Smith, “McAdenville, Cherryville, Lawndale, Kings Mountain, Chester, Gaffney, Lowell, Kannapolis, Spindale; or, I Lost My Cultural Identity at the Appalachian Studies Association”

Session III  B —- 1:15 – 2:30    Tucker Student Center, Room 141

            Moderator – Dianne Sykes

Janey Pease, “Women of Appalachia: Poetry and Music–An Expressive Arts Therapy Project”

Clarissa Nemeth, “Blood and Gold: The Tragic Legacy of Appalachian Womanhood in the Fiction of Lee Smith and Amy Greene”

Sarah Clere, “Southern Belles in Trailers: Beyond Scarlett and Melanie”

Session IV  A —- 2:45 – 4:00    Tucker Student Center, Room 327

            Moderator – Shea Stuart

Leigh-Ella Williams, “Wilma Dykeman’s McQueen Family Saga: Finding Nature’s Solace in Industrial Appalachia”

Nicole Crockett, “Losing Home, Fading Connection: Harriette Simpson Arnow and Economic Displacement”

Dawn Mitchell and Tasha Thomas, “Mill Hill Memories: Spinning Stories, Weaving a Way of Life”

Session IV  B — 2:45 – 4:00     Tucker Student Center, Room 141

            Moderator –Joe Webb

Becky Banks, “Appalshop Documentaries as Media Activism: A Case Study”

Rich Gray, “Appalachian Convictions About the Civil War in Rebecca Harding Davis’s David Gaunt

Madison Helman, “’Shot Through the Heart Lying Dead on the Ground’: A Revival and Reexamination of Southern Murder Ballads as Layman’s Literature”

Ary Bottoms, “Tracing the Origins of Religious Serpent Handling in America”

You don’t want to lose another day of free promos and audience excitement