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--Appalachian Country Rag


Six-year archive of an e-zine dedicated to Appalachian life and art. It can be difficult to read due to the design of the page, but a text only version is also available.

--Appalachian Writers Association


Home site for organization dedicated to preserving Appalachian literary heritage by promoting the works of new and established authors. Includes list of AWA Book of the year awards.



Site offers wide range of resources for readers and teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults. Includes an index by genre, and author, bibliographies of Appalachian literature, and lesson plans. The materials provided are appropriate for adults that may be taught in high school or college.

--Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site


This is a portion of the Carol Hurst Children's Literature Site about books about Appalachia. It discusses how to use literature about Appalachia in elementary classes to learn about the Appalachian region. It first appeared in Teaching K-8 Magazine . Site provides lists of books about Appalachia suitable for children subdivided by picture, novel or fairy tale.

--Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachian Fiction


Thesis by Catherine B. Strain dated December 2002 presented to Dr. Theresa Lloyd, Chair, Dr. Anthony Canvender and Dr. Roberta Herrin (faculty of the Department of English at East Tennessee State University) in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master in English. The paper describes how authors feature folk medicine in their novels and how the authors studied here have performed an ethnological role in collecting and preserving with great care and authenticity many of the Appalachian region's folk medical beliefs and practices.

--Mildred Haun


Paper by Stephanie Baker is about authoress Mildred Haun. It discusses several of her works and contains a bibliography of sources.

--Moonlit Road


Ghost stories haunt the moonlit back roads of the American South. Their roots in Couther culture and folklore are deep. Each month, the Moonlit Road brings you these ghost stories and other strange Southern folktales, told by the region's best storytellers.



This publication represents a collaboration among 3 ACA colleges. It is an online arts publication of photography, poetry, fiction and nonfiction connected with the Appalachian region. It is published approximately twice a year and access is provided to back issues. It provides writing and photography that looks beyond regional stereotypes. The publication also includes reviews and interviews.