Writers by the River

Reflections on 40+ Years of the Highland Summer Conference

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About the Book

The Highland Summer Writing Conference (HSC), held each summer along the banks of the ancient New River at Radford University’s Selu Conservancy, brings together and inspires writers as they participate in the communal art of creating and sharing. Over the years, many prestigious Appalachian authors have taught workshops to like-minded students, many of whom became published authors in their own right. This book, a celebration of the HSC, is a collection of reflective essays, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction contributed by 41 authors and student-authors who have taken part in the conference over a span of 43 years.

About the Author(s)

Writer and researcher Donia S. Eley is based in Pulaski, Virginia. An avid music lover and art collector, she devotes much of her free time to causes throughout and beyond the New River Valley, among them the preservation and perpetuation of art, music, land conservation and Appalachian culture.

Grace Toney Edwards is professor emerita of Appalachian studies and English and the founding director of the Appalachian Regional Studies Center at Radford University. For twenty-seven years she served as the director of the Highland Summer Conference. Her life’s work has been the study of the Appalachian people and the mountains they inhabit. She lives in Montgomery County, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Donia S. Eley and Grace Toney Edwards
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8406-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4197-3
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies