JACK BECK has performed in many groups and on recordings over the years. In 1990 he was made an honorary life member of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland and from 1999-2004 he was external examiner in Scots Song at the prestigious Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow. He was a contributor to the recently published book Wayfaring Strangers by Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr and appears on the accompanying CD along with Dolly Parton, Doc Watson and Pete Seeger. He and his wife, Wendy Welch operate the Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Bookstore in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. Her poetry, prose, and fiction have appeared widely, including The Atlantic, Georgia Review, and Southern Poetry Review. Her first book of poetry, The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, was published in the AWP Award Series in 1986, followed by the prize-winning Wildwood Flower, from LSU Press. She served for five years as North Carolina’s first woman Poet Laureate. Her most recent book, Descent, received both the SIBA award and NC Book Award for Poetry.
DONNA CAMPBELL is the founding publisher of Lake Norman Magazine. Her first documentary project, “Any Day Now”, completed with her sister Susan Campbell in 1990, won national awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Association of Women Broadcasters in Radio and TV. As producer, Campbell won a regional Emmy Award for the documentary “Harvest of Dignity.”
GEORGANN EUBANKS is a writer, teacher, and consultant to nonprofit groups across the country. She is director of the Table Rock Writers Workshop, was a founder of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and is past chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Her three guidebooks from UNC Press in the “Literary Trails” series cover the long history of North Carolina writers and their relationship to the specific places that inspired them.
ANGELA DAVIS-GARDNER has published four critically acclaimed novels, most recently Butterfly’s Child. Her novel, Plum Wine was named a Notable Novel by the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize for its contribution to East/West understanding. An earlier novel, Forms of Shelter, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award in North Carolina and was a bestseller in France. She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita at North Carolina State University.
AMY GREENE is author of the New York Times bestselling novel Bloodroot, named a “Must Read” by Entertainment Weekly and one of the Top 10 Novels of 2010 by Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Amazon. Her second novel, Long Man, published in 2014, was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Her articles and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Glamour Magazine and BookPage, among other publications.
EDWARD KELSEY MOORE is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, which was chosen as a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and awarded the 2014 First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. His award-winning essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell. In addition to his writing, he maintains a career as a professional cellist, performing with a number of ensembles, including the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.
ANN PANCAKE’s most recent book is the short story collection, Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley. Her first novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been was one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of the year, won the 2007 Weatherford Prize, and was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award, and the 2008 Washington State Book Award. Her collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the Bakeless award, and she has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA grant, and a Pushcart Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including Orion, The Georgia Review, Poets and Writers, and New Stories from the South, the Year’s Best.
DAN PIERCE is the author of Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France. A noted NASCAR historian, Pierce has written widely on the topic, including encyclopedia articles and an entry on The Most Southern Sport on Earth for the Journal of Southern Culture. He also detailed the sport’s bootlegging past for a History Channel special on Appalachia. He is professor and chair of the history department at the University of North Carolina Asheville.
KEN WALDMEN is best known as “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet.” He has published several books, including a memoir about his life as an entertainer and manager, and living in Alaska. Originally a business student, Waldmen picked up the fiddle when he was 25 years old and poetry at age 30. Since then he has written many poems about a wide variety of topics, from a plane crash he survived near Nome, Alaska, to teaching students over the telephone.
WENDY WELCH and her husband folksinger Jack Beck own and operate Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Books in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. She has a PhD in Ethnography and teaches college courses on culture and public health. Her book The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap is the story of their store and life in Big Stone Gap.