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Volume 51 Numbers 1-2 ● 2024 [Forthcoming]

 with illustrations by Annie Greenwood                                                                          


Music History
“Just one of the People,” Doc Watson: The Early Years, 1941-1964 by Gary R. Boye 

Sustainability | History
Foraging Ginseng, Commons Culture, and the Role of Private Property in Preservation on the Cumberland Plateau by George Lindemann

The Gentleman Jester of Harlan County: Robert Gipe and the Comedy of Tough Times by J.W. Williamson

In Memoriam
Remembering Loyal Jones by Rodger Cunningham

Remembering Edwin T. “Chip” Arnold by Thomas McLaughlin, Thomas McGowan, Jay Watson, Patricia Beaver, Jerry Wayne Williamson, and Meredith McCarroll


  • Rachel Ellen Simon on Holler Rat: A Memoir by Anya Liftig
  • Phillip Obermiller on Hillbilly Highway: The Transappalachian Migration and the Making of a White Working Class by Max Fraser
  • Maggie Anderson on Genesis Road: A Novel by Susan O’Dell Underwood
  • Mark Powell on The Caretaker: A Novel by Ron Rash
  • Elise Johnson on The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women: Stories of Landscape and Community in the Mountain South edited by Kami Ahrens
  • Jessica Cory on In Plena Vita―The Full Life: The Collected Poems of Timothy Russell edited by Marc Harshman and Larry Smith
  • Neema Avashia on Gay Poems for Red States by Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr.
  • Charles Dodd White on Tamp: Poems by Denton Loving
  • Lacy Snapp on In Any of These Towns: Poems by Stephanie Kendrick
  • Patrick Bizzaro on Yellow Leaves: Poems by Alana Dagenhart


  • by Jeanne Bryner
  • by Zach Hambrick
  • by Annie Woodford
  • by Leatha Kendrick 



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