March 9, 2015

On Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00p.m., literary critic John Lang will discuss numerous Appalachian Authors and their writing.


Born and raised in the Midwest, John Lang earned his B.A. in English and philosophy at St. Olaf College and his Ph.D. in British and American literature at Stanford University, the latter degree after a two-year stint in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. In the fall of 1983 he began teaching at Emory & Henry College, from which he retired in May of 2012.  While at Emory & Henry, he coordinated the college's annual Literary Festival and edited The Iron Mountain Review, which publishes the proceedings of each festival.  He also coordinated the annual Leidig Lectureship in Poetry.  Dr. Lang is the author of three books:  Understanding Fred Chappell (2000); Six Poets from the Mountain South (2010), a critical analysis of the poetry of Jim Wayne Miller, Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell, Charles Wright, Jeff Daniel Marion, and Kathryn Stripling Byer; and Understanding Ro...

March 4, 2015


Master watercolor artist and local mural painter Ellen Elmes will be teaching art classes this spring at Appalachian Arts Center for students currently enrolled in 4th-7th grade. (Classes for younger children will be offered in April.) The 4 class session, entitled “Drawing People from around the World,” will be held on the following dates:  Thursday, March 19; Thursday March 26; Tuesday, March 31; and Thursday, April 2nd. The classes will be held from 4:00-5:30pm at the Arts Center. The cost is $45.00 for the 4 class session. Supplies will be provided, although participants are asked to bring a smock or old shirt to cover their clothes. This workshop will focus on learning drawing skills, particularly in regard to the human figure. During the first session, participants will enjoy hands-on exercises designed to discover general proportions of the human figure and how to draw action figures, including the exaggerated proportions of super heroes! In the ensuing three other sessions, vi...


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