This Issue

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We are immensely proud to have Lee Maynard of Wayne County, West Virginia, as our featured author for this issue. He is a very talented writer who now lives in New Mexico but takes every opportunity to return to his native West Virginia to lead writing workshops and share his expertise.

Two of Lee Maynard's favorite poets, Kirk Judd and Chuck Kinder, appear here, as do three more West Virginia natives, Jeff Mann, Lucien Darjeun Meadows, and Bob Henry Baber, who is the Mountain Party's candidate for West Virginia Governor and the only candidate running who opposes mountaintop removal coal mining. We are proud again to include poetry by Wendell Berry, his first appearance here since President Barack Obama presented him with the National Humanities Medal. R. T. Smith and Linda Parsons Marion have also previously appeared on these pages, but this marks the first appearance of Samantha Lynn Cole, a talented young poet who, for the last time in four years has a credit line in this magazine for the editorial work she did on it before she graduated from Berea College this year. We also include in this issue a poem by our former editor, Sidney Saylor Farr, who died last May. Our editorial is a heartfelt memorial to her. She became editor of Appalachian Heritage after the retirement of our founder, Al Stewart, and recently has enriched each issue with her regular recipes and recollections pieces.

Sadness also accompanies the beautiful art work of this issue--Paul Brett Johnson's depiction of his native Eastern Kentucky coalfields. His life was cut short by a stroke earlier this summer, so we print his art as a tribute to a lifetime of outstanding contributions including the many beloved regional children's books he illustrated and wrote. Our photographic portfolio is comprised of photos by the late William C. Blizzard, the son of Bill Blizzard, a hero of the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, a confrontation between union coal miners and West Virginia coal operators. …