AAG General Meeting

Nov. 11, 2014, 11:30am

Shoney's Restaurant

480 Cummings St.

Abingdon, VA

(276) 628-2555


If possible, members should please attend the meeting. A slate of nominees for next year's officers will presented by the nominating committee, nominations may be made from the floor and then officers for 2015 will be elected by those present.

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Speaker, Rita Sims Quillen

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Rita Quillen’s novel Hiding Ezra was just released in March of 2014 from Little Creek Books; it was a finalist in the 2005 DANA Awards competition, and a chapter of the novel is included in the new scholarly study of Appalachian dialect just published by the University of Kentucky Press entitled Talking Appalachian. Her new poetry chapbook, Something Solid To Anchor To, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2014, as well.

One of six semi-finalists for the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of Virginia, her poetry received a Pushcart nomination as well as a Best of the Net nomination in 2012. Her most recent collection Her Secret Dream, new and selected poems, is from Wind Press in Kentucky and was named the Outstanding Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association in 2008. Previous works are poetry collections October Dusk and Counting The Sums, as well as a book of essays Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry.

She lives and farms on Early Autumn Farm in Scott County, Virginia. You can contact her through her Facebook author page, linked at left on the main menu.

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2014 Virginia Highlands Festival


The Guild expresses great thanks to Jack Rose, Festivals Committee Chairman, for another successful year at Virginia Highlands Festival. Jack, who is also Guild Treasurer, is our contact for the Festival organizers and schedules authors for each day of the Festival. He sets up the Guild booth and checks on it and the scheduled authors almost daily to ensure smooth operation. This year twenty-three participating authors sold five hundred and twenty-nine books. transp divider transp



New member dues - $25.00 for membership in Appalachian Authors Guild alone.

For the first year only, with an additional $5.00, you will become a member of the Virginia Writers Club and the AAG will pay for the fee difference for VWC membership.

To print a join/renewal form, click on the 'Membership Application' link in the sidebar list. Mail to: Appalachian Authors Guild, P. O. Box 803, Abingdon, VA 24212-803