Monday, 02 July 2012 08:39
The Mountain Heritage Festival was founded by Silas House and is now directed by Darnell Arnoult, both former featured speakers for NACC’s Arts and Humanities Speaker’s Forum. The Festival celebrates the rich literary heritage of Appalachia, and allows its participants to not only hear readings from such writers as Silas House, Pam Duncan, and Maurice Manning, but also participate in master classes in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Another component of the Festival is a celebration of Appalachian music. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Matraca Berg served as keynote musician.One of the highlights of this year’s festival was Silas House’s presentation of the Lee Smith Award to Maurice Manning.
Hatfield observed, “Going to the festival was almost like going to my grandparent’s house. Everyone there wanted to know my name, what I was writing, what I cared about. The community there is so thick you can run your hand through it, and the passion of the faculty and staff as well as the participants was just contagious, empowering anyone who came in contact with them. Even in the classes, if I had something to say, I just said it. I’m beyond blessed that I got to learn so much in such a relaxed place. I couldn’t help but learn; it was like osmosis. In addition to the incredible talent gathered in one of the most beautiful places on earth was, of course, the absolutely amazing food. I would definitely go back if I ever have the chance.”
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