Date: Friday, Jun 3rd, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Stuart’s Opera House

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Join area writers featured in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, volume 24: Appalachian Witness as they read poems and essays, tell stories, and sing songs at 30 Public in Stuart’s Opera House on June 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm.

Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel is a publication of the Southern Appalachia Writers Cooperative (SAWC), aimed at encouraging and promoting the rich literary talent of our region. The anthology has been appearing annually for over 30 years and includes many emerging and seasoned writers.

You will have an opportunity not only to hear fine work, but to meet and talk with the writers, many of whom are your neighbors, and to buy copies of the anthology, as well as publications by individual writers.


Effective March 14th, Stuart’s Opera House no longer requires proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for entry to public events, and masks are optional for all patrons, staff, and volunteers. Click here to learn more


Featured Writers:

Kari Gunter-Seymour

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Jane Ann Fuller

Jane Ann Fuller is a recipient of the James Boatwright III Poetry Prize. She co-authored Revenants: A Story of Many Lives, published with a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Other publications include Atticus Review, BODY, One Art, Still, Pikeville Review, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, The American Journal of Poetry, The MacGuffin, Verse Daily. Her work appears in the anthologies All We Know of Pleasure: Poetric Erotica by Women, Women Speak, and I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing. Her debut manuscript, Half-Life, was published by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. Jane Ann was born and raised in Hocking County. Her ancestors helped found Marietta, OH.

Stephanie Kendrick

Bio coming soon

Wendy McVicker

Wendy McVicker is the 2020-2023 Poet Laureate of Athens OH, and a longtime teaching artist. Her most recent chapbook is Zero, a Door (The Orchard Street Press, 2021). She loves collaborating with other artists, and has been known to perform with musician Emily Prince, under the name another language altogether. Her children having grown and flown, she lives not far from the Hocking River with her husband and partner, John, and a Hemingway cat named Dora.


Chiquita Mullins Lee

Chiquita Mullins Lee lives in Columbus and works for the Ohio Arts Council. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in literary journals including Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Falling Star Magazine, and Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus, among others, and her work is featured on the PBS American Portrait project. She won individual artist excellence awards in fiction, non-fiction, and playwriting from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council. Involved in local theater, Chiquita writes and performs with Wild Women Writing, is a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Collective, and leads Word Warriors creative writing ministry at New Covenant Believers Church. Her critically acclaimed play, Pierce to the Soul, premiered at the Contemporary American Theatre Company and toured Ohio with A Portable Theatre Company.

Deni Naffziger

Deni Naffziger’s first book of poems, Desire to Stay, was published by Stockport Flats Press and was nominated for the Weatherford Award. Her second book, Strange Bodies, will be published by Shadelandhouse Modern Press in April 2023. Naffziger’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Atticus Review, Main Street Rag, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Pudding Magazine, Pikeville Review, Northern Appalachian Review, Asylum Magazine, and elsewhere. Raised in Ohio’s Appalachian Steel Valley, she has called Athens, Ohio her home for over 30 years. Locally she is best known for her 20-year writing collaboration with Passion Works Studio.

Bonnie Proudfoot

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Sherry Stanforth

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Jack Wright

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