We’re nearing the end of the year and the holiday/ winter season is just around the corner. The chilled air carries a magical, fresh scent; holiday bells jingle our benevolent ears; families and friends gather for grand meals or just plain old togetherness. This season affords us the chance to hear our family stories, our histories, our proud moments, and some we might like to sweep under the rug. Whatever or whoever made these stories made us who we are – as a collective people, as kinfolk, or as individuals. We are beautiful.
This time of year is also when Appalachia Bare takes our winter hiatus. Our hiatus begins December 20 and ends January 15. We take this time to regroup our ideas, restore our site, and renew ourselves.
We look forward to the coming year, and we have exciting things in store—from our five-year celebration to a new fiction writing contest. So, stay tuned – or perhaps we should say stay webbed.
We have loved meeting and publishing such great Appalachian talent. Thank you to everyone who has invested precious time to peruse our labor of love. Our endeavor, as always, is to highlight our own truths—histories, writings, songs, stories, artwork, etc.—and to be a venue for our region’s outstanding people and their talents.
In the meantime, feel free to journey through our site. Click on our staff names below to read more of our individual content. And, just a little reminder: We take submissions year-round, so keep them coming!
- Delonda Anderson, Chief Editor
- Edward Francisco, Associate Editor
- Tom Anderson, Admin Virtuoso
- Grant Mincy, Science and Environmental Scholar
We wish everyone a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.
**Featured image: winter on a West Virginia road – Pixabay, Picryl