All images appear in this issue courtesy of the artist, Mike Quesinberry.

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our Fall 2014 “APPALACHIA” issue. We’re incredibly proud to present to you the wonderful and diverse array of voices in this issue, all complimented by the beautiful photographic art of Mike Quesinberry which he has graciously donated for this issue.

We’re featuring work from some of my very favorite Appalachian writers as well as hearing from an array of new voices. For the first time ever, we even have an audio file of a short story: Ann Pancake’s terrific story “Mouseskull,” read by the talented voice actor Gina Detwiler. We’re exploring the oldest mountains in North America and having loads of fun in the process. You should find a lot to enjoy in this issue. I hope that you will take the time to explore it.

Our January 2015 issue will be themed CAREGIVERS and our April 2015 issue will have the theme of WOMEN. Thanks for reading.

Yours in Recovery,

Mary Akers


fall 2014
vol. xi. no. 4



By Ann Pancake, author
By Gina Miani Detwiler, voice actor

The Beginnings of Sorrow

By Pinckney Benedict


By Sylvia Foley


Alternative Therapies: See “Juicing”

By Hannah Baggott

There Is No Such Thing As Spring,

By Ashley Inguanta
By Sheila Squillante

SAGO: Buckhannon, WV–January 2, 2006: 6:30 a.m. ET

By Mark DeFoe

I Tried to Drag Back

By John McKernan

Pas de Deux

By Patrick Bahls


No Such Thing as a Small Secret

By Debbie Bradford

Shorts on Survival

The Survival of Uncle Peachy

By Laura Long

Sitting in the Sandbox

By Eva Marino

In the Waking Hour

By Keith Rebec

Pillars of Salt

By Margaret A. Frey