The absence of regional, independent bookstores in Appalachia and the South is similar to an urban sprawl in a bone-dry, flowerless space. We are all, in one way or another, readers for life. And readers search for some kind of respite, or thirst for a more tangible knowledge, or craveContinue Reading

Below are the answers to our Appalachian English Quiz 2. A bit of information about each word is given, using the following dictionaries:           Oxford English Dictionary (OED)           Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)           Dictionary of Smoky Mountain and Southern Appalachian English Other resources are linked within the definitions and information.Continue Reading

Appalachian English is a mixture of old languages, and, as such, certain colloquialisms have often been used to illustrate that a distinct saying, a particular phrase, or a specific word derived from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, or Germany. How so? As most of us know, mountain geography keeps peopleContinue Reading

Appalachia Bare welcomes Grant Mincy to our team as our Science & Environmental Scholar. Grant is currently an assistant professor of biology and (sometimes) geology at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he organizes the Panther Hiking Club. He also sits on the Earth and Planetary Sciences AdvisoryContinue Reading

Appalachian artists and writers have a unique perspective on life. Much of our inspiration derives from family and oral history, and from all those inimitable truths we experience – goodness and graciousness, badness and lasciviousness, minimalism and sustainability, etc. Our journeys can be as bright as the sun peeking throughContinue Reading

George Washington Harris was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, on March 20, 1814. In 1819, Harris moved to Knoxville, Tennessee with his half-brother Samuel Bell, who was considerably older than Harris and to whom the latter eventually served as an apprenticed metalworker. Harris’s formal education was scant. Never settling intoContinue Reading

When you grow up sheltered in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, magic is all around you. My people came from across the world to these mountains and hollers: bringing with them a mixture of religions, demons, folklore, and wisdom. The mixture of these cultures, combined with the ever-present headyContinue Reading

The Dancing Fiddle was going to close down. It had stood at the corner of the main street since most anyone could remember. Bill bought it off the old man who had it before him, and now, as he was old in turn, he had no one to leave itContinue Reading