EYES GLowing at the edge of the woods
On Friday night at 6 p.m., the Lewisburg Literary Festival will feature a special program dedicated to WVU Press’s collection of fiction and poetry, Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods. This volume, co-edited by West Virginia singer/songwriter Doug Van Gundy and Laura Long, a professor of English at Lynchburg College, Eyes features the work of 63 fiction writers and poets, delving into the many senses of place that modern West Virginia, the core of Appalachia, inspires. With a mix of established writers like Jayne Anne Phillips, Norman Jordan, Ann Pancake, Maggie Anderson, and Denise Giardina and fresh voices like Matthew Neill Null, Ida Stewart, Rajia Hassib, and Scott McClanahan, this collection breaks open new visions of all-American landscapes of the heart.
The poems and stories in Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods were all published within the last fifteen years, and are grounded in what it means to live in and identify with a complex place. By turns rowdy and contemplative, hilarious and bleak, and lyrical and gritty, it is a collage of extraordinary literary visions.
Co-editor Van Gundy will be on hand for the reading event, serving as host and occasional musical accompanist to a selection of poets and writers whose work appears in the collection, as they read their work live. These will include West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, poet Crystal Good (Affrilachian Writers), writer Sara Pritchard (Help Wanted: Female), writer Scott McClanahan (Crapalachia), and writer Mesha Maren (the forthcoming novel Sugar Run—Maren will also be teaching a writing workshop on Saturday morning of the festival).