Kathryn Stripling Byer 
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Re: “Lee Smith and the Southern Story-Telling Tradition

Well, no, the South's history was not burned, maybe trampled upon for a little while, but there's a lot that wasn't, and let's be honest, some good writers came out of that history, finally liberated to sing. Think of our vibrant African-American writers, not to mention our poets (hello? Yes, Southern Writing is not just fiction.) and writers of all stripes and tendencies. I especially value our environmentalist writers--Janisse Ray, John Lane, for ex.--and our mountain voices singing away in the hollers and hills. As you say, there's a wealth of new storylines and the next chapter is waiting to be written. A Southern poet, with a Cherokee Grand-daddy, an Anglo great-aunt, an African-American grandma, and a Latina mom. Bring her on!

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Posted by Kathryn Stripling Byer on 03/12/2013 at 7:39 PM


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