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Spring 2010 issue of Berea Magazine is online

This issue is titled “Appalachian Voices” and focuses on Appalachia and the region’s writers, with a special feature on author and scholar of Appalachia, Loyal Jones.

Berea Magazine - Spring 2010

Read the magazine online here (PDF) or here (Flash).

The issue begins with an interview of C.E. Morgan, ’02, author of the acclaimed novel “All the Living.” C.E. Morgan discusses her writing and the inspiration behind her novel, which won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature. She was named one of the “5 under 35” by the National Book Foundation for her book.

The article “Extension Agents Extend a Hand in Appalachia” chronicles the work of four extension agents, all of them Berea alumni, who are providing useful and research-based advice to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers and others in rural communities.

The next article chronicles the work of Mike Mullins, ’71, director of the Hindman Settlement School. Mullins is also director of Appalachian Writers Workshop, which has produced well-known writers like Silas House, Karen McElmurray, ’80, and Sydney Saylor Farr, ’08, all of whom also teach the workshop.

Karen McElmurray, ’80, is featured in the next article. McElmurray is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, and an associate professor of English at Georgia College and State University. Her works include “Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven,” “The Motel of the Stars,” and “Surrendered Child: A Birthmother’s Journey.”

The story of Jane Matney Powell, ’65, details how this lifelong teacher helps her students succeed by encouraging them to get a college education.

If you have comments, questions or suggestions for the magazine, please email Jennie Leavell at or call 859.985.3021.

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