Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dead Head, fiction by J.L. Smith

Tonight of all nights Dottie had to go and develop a mind of her own.  Gears ground when he shifted.  Brakes squealed — air hissed from a hydraulic system that needed an overhaul.  Shocks worn so thin he felt every … Continue reading

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News from the Hills and Surrounds

Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture My Big Redneck Vacation pffssshh Clint Bowyer Doing a Redneck The March of Mitch McConnell Conference on Southern Literature: Jeff Daniel Marion Coal Miner Exodus Threatens Industry 36th Annual Appalachian … Continue reading

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Oxford Town, fiction by William Trent Pancoast

The littlest black girl came breathless from running and stopped by my desk in the laundry office. You need to come quick. Ricky’s gone crazy. I saw the alarm and fear in her face and got up and followed her … Continue reading

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The Witching Women at Road’s End, nonfiction by Casey Clabough

Slightly more than a century ago a Mr. Sherman Clabough was sheriff of Sevier County, Tennessee. One of his now scarce-remembered duties was to see to it that any young man in the section who turned twenty-one work the roads … Continue reading

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The Unbearably Penultimate of Parable, poetry by Dennis Mahagin

I drove over the fat rope thing that made the bells ding and ling and then this grease monkey appeared at my open window, wearing braided ponytail with his Speed Racer eyes, brandishing a tattered broach rag thing he whipped … Continue reading

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Good Pussy and Jerry and Kildow, fiction by William Pancoast

This town got any good pussy? was the first thing I ever heard Kildow say. New hires Jerry and Kildow had joined us on a job 100 miles northeast of Columbus seeding a golf course and there they were at … Continue reading

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Building a Church, fiction by Lara Konesky

He was quite certain that life mostly was nothing but creation and evolution.  Boys were supposed to become men and all that shit, and the men build families and houses and empires.  He thought a lot about the word man, and the … Continue reading

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News from the Hills and Surrounds

This post is a continuation of what I wanted to do with FCAC from the beginning; that is, to regularly post relevant news and tidbits as related to literature and Appalachia and so forth. I get a fair number of … Continue reading

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