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(West Plains) – The Garnett Library on the Missouri State-West Plains campus will present author and associate professor of English at MSU-WP Anthony Priest on Thursday July 11 at 6 PM for a formal book release and reading of his new book Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology.

Priest served as editor of the recently-released book, which will feature pieces by poets, novelists, naturalists, columnists and historians whose lives have been shaped by the landscape and culture of the Ozarks.

Priest shared that the event is intended to celebrate and showcase these fine authors. He will introduce the anthology and then ask several of the authors to read a portion of their work from the text. Authors expected to participate include Jan Hoogestraat, Jo Beth Van Arkel, Bonnie Steppenoff, Jan Roddy, Katie Estill, James Hamilton, Phillip Howerton and Craig Albin.

The anthology includes pieces by such authors as Donald Harington, Sara Burge, Marcus Cafagna, Art Homer, Pattiann Rogers, Miller Williams, Roy Reed and Daniel Woodrell.

Yonder Mountain was inspired by the poet Miller Williams’ Ozark, Ozark: A Hillside Reader. Yonder Mountain takes note of the region’s unique culture while addressing the changes taking place as it becomes more diverse.

The book, published this spring by the University of Arkansas Press, has received much praise from regional authors and historians.

Refreshments also will be served during the reading. Copies of Yonder Mountain will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact Priest at AnthonyPriest@MissouriState.edu or the Garnett Library at 417-255-7945.

 

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