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A Damn Short Prayer, Beth Jane Toren Mar 2020

A Damn Short Prayer, Beth Jane Toren

Faculty Scholarship

This poster presents a transcript poem created with murder tales in oral history recordings. Leveraging the creative arts of storytelling, transcript poetry and visual orality, the poster brings light and music to Appalachian storyteller voices in tales of shady murders.

The handout presents the poem with visual orality methods juxtaposed beside Standard English orthographic transcription, enabling a visual comparison, a link a video with graphic text and the original voice recordings, and brief readings about concepts and methods.


Anthropocene Blues By John Lane, Jessica S. Cory Jun 2019

Anthropocene Blues By John Lane, Jessica S. Cory

The Goose

Review of John Lane's Anthropocene Blues


Brennan, Mary Kate (Fa 1284), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Brennan, Mary Kate (Fa 1284), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1284. Student interview conducted by Mary Kate Brennan with renowned Appalachian poet Jim Wayne Miller. Brennan’s focus throughout the interview is on “the cultural sensitivity and awareness that permeates Miller’s poetry.” Miller also touches on what he considers to be the central themes of his work, the struggles and triumphs of communities within the Appalachian region, and pride in cultural heritage. The collection contains a detailed index, interview summary, transcription, index cards with questions, and a reel-to-reel audio tape of the interview.


Series Iii. Folder 6. Poems, N.D., Melville Homer Cummings Feb 2019

Series Iii. Folder 6. Poems, N.D., Melville Homer Cummings

The M. Homer Cummings Papers

This folder contains approximately 15 poems and 2 letters: a letter to a parishioner praising her singing voice, and one to Cummings thanking him for making regular payments on his account with the Benson Printing Co., located in Nashville, Tennessee.


Series Iii. Folder 5. Poems, N.D., Melville Homer Cummings Feb 2019

Series Iii. Folder 5. Poems, N.D., Melville Homer Cummings

The M. Homer Cummings Papers

This folder contains typescripts and manuscripts of approximately 10 poems. Some of them show Cummings’ political side, criticizing what he saw as the shortcomings of the GOP and warning that “If you vote for Ike you’ll cut your throat.”


Series Iii. Folder 4. Poems, N.D., Melville Homer Cummings Feb 2019

Series Iii. Folder 4. Poems, N.D., Melville Homer Cummings

The M. Homer Cummings Papers

This folder contains typescripts and manuscripts of approximately 15 poems. Topics include the dangers of cynicism, the fleeting nature of wealth, and Cummings’ reflections on his long pastoral career.


The Return Of The Dead: Resurrecting Chappell's Family Gathering, Jonathan Moore Dec 2018

The Return Of The Dead: Resurrecting Chappell's Family Gathering, Jonathan Moore

Master's Theses

This thesis examines Fred Chappell’s virtually overlooked collection of poetry Family Gathering (2000), and how the poems operate within the mode of the grotesque. I argue that the poems illuminate both the southern grotesque and Roland Barthes’s theory of photography’s Operator, Spectator, and Spectrum. I address Family Gathering as a family photo album full of still shots, snapshots, and even selfies, which illumines how Chappell’s use of the grotesque in this collection derives more from its original association with visual arts rather than only depicting the grotesque typically associated with characteristics deemed explicitly shocking or terrifying ...


Building Eden, Roger A. Lohmann Nov 2018

Building Eden, Roger A. Lohmann

Faculty Scholarship

Ralph Deigh is the most famous vernacular American architect you've never heard of. After a military career spanning two wars and struggles with homelessness and PTSD, he is invited to design an entirely new rural community for the 21st century. Twin disasters (fire and flood) in Dare County, West Virginia, set up the circumstances for him to join with Rosemary Mueller and the wealthy Ohio-based Mueller Foundation and a mysterious group of local Dare County residents led by Adam Sennett, County Clerk of Dare County. Together, they design and build the new town of Eden, West Virginia.

The whole ...


Et Cetera, Marshall University Jan 2018

Et Cetera, Marshall University

Et Cetera

Founded in 1953, Et Cetera is an annual literary magazine that publishes the creative writing and artwork of Marshall University students and affiliates. Et Cetera is free to the Marshall University community.

Et Cetera welcomes submissions in literary and film criticism, poetry, short stories, drama, all types of creative non-fiction, photography, and art.


A Poetic Exploration Of Landscape And Negation In Larry Levis's The Dollmaker’S Ghost, Cynthia Mccomas Jan 2018

A Poetic Exploration Of Landscape And Negation In Larry Levis's The Dollmaker’S Ghost, Cynthia Mccomas

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

The following thesis contains a collection of poetry, which portrays an exploration of landscape through negation and meditation. These poems often describe the region of Appalachia via a speaker who seeks wisdom through thoughtful images of nature and its decay. Prefacing the creative body is a critical introduction which highlights my influences, craft, and methods of writing. These poems were written while studying the poet Larry Levis, who provides an imaginative and thought-provoking perspective of natural landscapes and the people who coexist among them.


Book Review Of Robert Morgan's Nonfiction Books, Ted Olson Dec 2017

Book Review Of Robert Morgan's Nonfiction Books, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

Robert Morgan's Nonfiction Books


The Longest Night, Ted Olson Dec 2017

The Longest Night, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

No abstract provided.


Book Review Of The Oxford Book Of American Poetry: The Difficulty Of Anthologizing American Poetry, Ted Olson Dec 2017

Book Review Of The Oxford Book Of American Poetry: The Difficulty Of Anthologizing American Poetry, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

Review of The Oxford Book of American Poetry: The Difficulty of Anthologizing American Poetry


Book Review Of Caleb Beissert: Federico Garcia Lorca & Pablo Neruda: Beautiful, Translations From The Spanish, Ted Olson Dec 2017

Book Review Of Caleb Beissert: Federico Garcia Lorca & Pablo Neruda: Beautiful, Translations From The Spanish, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

Review of Caleb Beissert: Federico Garcia Lorca & Pablo Neruda: Beautiful, Translations from the Spanish


Book Review Of Hank Reineke: Arlo Guthrie: The Warner Reprise Years, Ted Olson Dec 2017

Book Review Of Hank Reineke: Arlo Guthrie: The Warner Reprise Years, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

Arlo Guthrie: The Warner/Reprise Years. By Hank Reineke. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012. Pp. xix + 327, series editor's foreword, preface, acknowledgments, discography, bibliography, index, 11 photographs, three illustrations.)


The National Storytelling Festival: Words, Music, And Memories, Ted Olson Nov 2017

The National Storytelling Festival: Words, Music, And Memories, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

Excerpt: A Other acclaimed masters of the spoken word scheduled to appear at this year’s Festival include David Novak, Minton Sparks, Joseph Bruchac, Milbre Burch, and Jackson Gillman. Each year the Festival seeks to represent storytelling from a range of cultural traditions, and this year is no exception. Rev. Robert Jones and Diane Ferlatte will present stories and music relating African American experience, while Festival attendees may also see and hear performances by Yiddish storyteller Shonaleigh, Chinese American storyteller and musician Charlie Chin, and Brazilian performance artist Antonio Rocha. Several special events will be held in Anyone who shares ...


Word-Weaving In Tennessee: The National Storytelling Festival, Ted Olson Nov 2017

Word-Weaving In Tennessee: The National Storytelling Festival, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

Excerpt: Appalachia is a storied land. Every place within the region has its own story, and virtually every person who has spent a significant amount of time in a specific Appalachian place has been affected by—indeed, has become part of—that story.


Robinson Jeffers: Appalachian, Californian, Poet, Ted Olson Nov 2017

Robinson Jeffers: Appalachian, Californian, Poet, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

Excerpt: April is also National Poetry Month, and this column will focus on an April-themed poem—not one of the many April poems evincing sincere religiosity or forced sentimentality, and not that famous poem that cynically asserts that “April is the cruelest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land.


James Still: The Dean Of Appalachian Literature, Ted Olson Nov 2017

James Still: The Dean Of Appalachian Literature, Ted Olson

Ted Olson

Excerpt: James Still (1906-2001) wrote “Heritage,” his signature poem, in 1935, and he continued to read it before audiences large and small into the 21st Century.


0836: M. Homer Cummings Papers, 1909-1968, Marshall University Special Collections Jan 2016

0836: M. Homer Cummings Papers, 1909-1968, Marshall University Special Collections

Guides to Manuscript Collections

The bulk of this collection consists of newspaper articles by and about M. Homer Cummings and family, as well as sermons delivered to his parishes and on the radio. Dated materials range from 1909-1968 inclusive, many between 1922-1959. There are a number of folders which consist of undated articles, sermons, and personal writing which may be presumed to date from approximately the same time period. Personal correspondence, original poetry, and various handwritten notes are a part of the collection, as well as materials that pertain to Rev. Cummings' education, in particular materials for a 1959 speech at his alma mater ...


"A Spark" With Critical Introduction "Ore And Lore: Mining, Literature, And Loss", Andrea J. Warren Dec 2015

"A Spark" With Critical Introduction "Ore And Lore: Mining, Literature, And Loss", Andrea J. Warren

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis explores the emotional, physical, and familial repercussions of coal mining in the Appalachian region, especially in regards to relationships within the community. The thesis is divided into two parts; a critical essay in which the objective facts, statistics, and histories of coal mining are addressed, and a short story which shares the subjective experience of the Hicks family.


Book Review Of Robert Morgan's Nonfiction Books, Ted Olson Oct 2015

Book Review Of Robert Morgan's Nonfiction Books, Ted Olson

ETSU Faculty Works

Robert Morgan's Nonfiction Books


The Akron Offering: A Ladies' Literary Magazine, 1849-1850, Jon Miller Aug 2015

The Akron Offering: A Ladies' Literary Magazine, 1849-1850, Jon Miller

Jon Miller

FREE FULL-TEXT PDF DOWNLOAD From 1849 to 1850, Calista Cummings edited and published Akron's first literary magazine, The Akron Offering. At the time, Akron was a booming canal town on the verge of even greater prosperity. By turns religious, comic, romantic, and political, this extraordinary collection of early midwestern creative literature expresses a wide range of sometimes contradictory opinions on both the important questions of its day and the important questions of today: historical events such as the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the 1848 revolutions in Europe are considered alongside more timeless contemplations on truth, justice, and ...


Book Review Of Hank Reineke: Arlo Guthrie: The Warner Reprise Years, Ted Olson Apr 2015

Book Review Of Hank Reineke: Arlo Guthrie: The Warner Reprise Years, Ted Olson

ETSU Faculty Works

Arlo Guthrie: The Warner/Reprise Years. By Hank Reineke. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012. Pp. xix + 327, series editor's foreword, preface, acknowledgments, discography, bibliography, index, 11 photographs, three illustrations.)


Et Cetera, Marshall University Jan 2015

Et Cetera, Marshall University

Et Cetera

No abstract provided.


Hillbilly Heroin(E), Lauren Audrey Tussey Jan 2015

Hillbilly Heroin(E), Lauren Audrey Tussey

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

As a native to this region and a writer I have spent much of my life attempting to capture a unique aesthetic of what I see through my essays and poetry. The following thesis is a manuscript of nonfiction essays with a critical introduction and conclusion that work together to provide a cohesive narrative centered in the Appalachian region. Through place specific imagery and implementation of regional dialect, and a narrative lens, my collection reveals an aesthetic of the rapidly expanding genre of Appalachian Literature. By exposing the patriarchal structures present in the region and emphasizing issues such as domestic ...


0829: John Mckernan Collection, Marshall University Special Collections Jan 2015

0829: John Mckernan Collection, Marshall University Special Collections

Guides to Manuscript Collections

The John McKernan Collection contains mostly published materials that John McKernan collected related to his own poetry. There are a limited number of non-McKernan publications that he saved.


Unexpected Zeus, Adam Lambert Jan 2015

Unexpected Zeus, Adam Lambert

Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers

No abstract provided.


Why We Stay, Brittany Nicole Mcintyre Jan 2014

Why We Stay, Brittany Nicole Mcintyre

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

Why we stay is a piece of Creative Non-Fiction, is a work that is heavily focused on region. The narrative takes up the life of a female Appalachian. The challenges of being an Appalachian woman raising a family are analyzed alongside such issues as domestic violence, family dysfunction, and mental illness. Because the piece is set in both rural and urban Appalachia, the issue of family is examined in terms of generational conflict and the strong bonds of a matriarch.


The National Storytelling Festival: Words, Music, And Memories, Ted Olson Oct 2013

The National Storytelling Festival: Words, Music, And Memories, Ted Olson

ETSU Faculty Works

Excerpt: A Other acclaimed masters of the spoken word scheduled to appear at this year’s Festival include David Novak, Minton Sparks, Joseph Bruchac, Milbre Burch, and Jackson Gillman. Each year the Festival seeks to represent storytelling from a range of cultural traditions, and this year is no exception. Rev. Robert Jones and Diane Ferlatte will present stories and music relating African American experience, while Festival attendees may also see and hear performances by Yiddish storyteller Shonaleigh, Chinese American storyteller and musician Charlie Chin, and Brazilian performance artist Antonio Rocha. Several special events will be held in Anyone who shares ...