From the Editors:
Welcome back to The Nantahala Review. Due to a variety professional obligations for all four of us editors who are full-time faculty members, we have not been able to finalize this issue for a while. We have a very good publication here for 2007, full of a variety of accomplished artists connected to the regionand new multimedia features. We appreciate the patience of our audience. We will publish only a polished, high-quality journal. Now it is ready for you to reflect upon and enjoy. We believe our online format offers a rich opportunity to get to know some of the artists.
We would especially like to thank Affrilachian writer Crystal Wilkinson who has contributed much to this issue, including an excerpt from her novel Opulence, an interview with Morris Grubb previously published in Appalachian Heritage, and her work inviting several important poets to submit to this issue. We greatly appreciate Crystal’s work on this issue and her commitment to fostering the literature of this region in all of its diversity.
Our featured artist/photographer for this issue is Ken Hassell, Chair of the Art Department at Elon College. His A Life of Coal is a long-range documentary photography project examining coal mining and Appalachian culture in southwestern Virginia, West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
Please email us with any questions and comments.
That lyf so short, that craft so long to lerne
Th'assay so hard, so sharpe the conquerynge.
Rob Merritt, Bluefield College
Joe Champagne, Virginia Intermont College
Mark Roberts, Virginia Intermont College
Ferrum College editor emeritus