Join us at the Center to celebrate a very special issue of Southern Cultures. We’ll enjoy music by Sam Gleaves, readings by Silas House, and a mountain menu by Sherri Castle. Attendance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for food and the issue: click here!
Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs, and the stories that surround them. His debut album Ain’t We Brothers has been reviewed by National Public Radio, No Depression, and The Bluegrass Situation. Lee Smith has called the album “courageous as hell and country to the bone.”
Silas House is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright who describes the main goal of his writing as “looking into the lives of rural Americans who so often get overlooked by the media.” He currently serves as the NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College. House writes that “Sam and I are passionate about giving voice to rural people, about place, and about the power of art to empower and transform. Both of us are very concerned with the rural Other, people who have a deep love for these rural places yet don’t fit in there, due to orientation, race, or other issues.”
Guest edited by Elizabeth S.D. Engelhardt, the Appalachia Issue includes Harlan County U.S.A. soundscapes, a break-up with Pearl S. Buck, musings on Dollywood & hillbilly consumerism, interviews with Appalachian “Country Queers,” and lost photos of black Asheville. Click here to subscribe or view the issue at Project Muse.
Introducing the Winter 2016 Issue from Southern Cultures quarterly:
Sundays and Second Lines in New Orleans, New Roots in North Carolina, MLK’s Foes Interviewed, the Nasher’s “Southern Accent,” Outtakes from The South in Color, Georgia Family Lines Connected, Ozarks Gospel Singing Schools, Ox-Tail Stew in the Global South, and more.
Read selections online or order a copy today!
Join us to celebrate the Winter Issue of Southern Cultures at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Curator Trevor Schoonmaker will discuss the Nasher’s current exhibit, Southern Accent, with artists Jeff Whetstone and Stacy Lynn Waddell. Selections from the exhibit as well as a conversation with Schoonmaker, Whetstone, and Waddell are featured in the new issue.
Up next from Southern Cultures: a special (Fall 2016) issue focusing on 21st Century Fiction — including six new works of creative short fiction, critical essays on contemporary southern literature, and a who’s who literary roundtable feature we’re calling “Twenty, Twenty-One.” Subscribe now and reserve your copy!
If you’re nearby (or up for a road trip!), join us at the Power Plant Gallery at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham to get a first look at our Documentary Arts Issue, guest edited by Tom Rankin and featuring Lao immigrants in Morganton, NC, participatory archives and self-documentation in Eastern Kentucky, collaborative documentary work in the Mississippi Delta, missionaries in Louisiana, Christmas in Cat Square, NC, the history of documentation (and resistance) in Hale County, AL, and more.
Documentary Arts Issue Launch
Friday, March 4th | 5:00-7:30 PM
Power Plant Gallery, Durham, NC
* located under the white Lucky Strike tower at the American Tobacco Campus
Light refreshments will be served; remarks at 6 PM. Suggested parking: South Deck at the American Tobacco Campus.