Writings by: Jason Kyle Howard

This author has written 38 pieces
Coming Soon: Our Spring Issue

Coming Soon: Our Spring Issue

Due to the pandemic, our spring issue has been delayed but is now in the final stages of production and will be making its way to subscribers soon, followed shortly by the summer issue. Lots of fine work is inside, including a series of poems responding to our current moment…
A Statement About Our Name

A Statement About Our Name

When Appalachian Heritage was founded in 1973 by the poet Albert Stewart, it offered a haven for regional writers whose work had often been overlooked and dismissed by literary gatekeepers. Twelve years later, the publication found a permanent home at Berea College in a partnership that fused Stewart’s welcoming vision with…

Editor’s Note

What is buried in the ground isn’t always what you think. It’s just the beginning.” With these evocative, mysterious words, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle begins to draw the reader into the world of Cowney, a nineteen-year-old Cherokee man who serves as the protagonist in her debut novel Even As We Breathe.…
Appalachian Heritage Essay Named Notable in Best American Essays

Appalachian Heritage Essay Named Notable in Best American Essays

Congratulations to Appalachian Heritage contributor Monic Ductan, whose essay “Fantasy Worlds” was named as Notable in Best American Essays 2019, edited by Rebecca Solnit (and series editor Robert Atwan).  We also extend congratulations to Appalachian Heritage contributor Fenton Johnson, whose essay “The Future of Queer,” published in Harper’s Magazine, received…
Interview: Margaret Renkl

Interview: Margaret Renkl

The shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love’s own twin,” Margaret Renkl writes in the opening pages of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss, her memoir-in-micro-essays that was released earlier this year to glowing reviews.These wise, bracing words underpin the entire book, which…

Summer 2018 Editor’s Note

Don’t get above your raising. It’s a saying with which many, if not most, Appalachians are familiar. I have heard the phrase all my life, particularly from my family and many in my community when I left southeastern Kentucky at eighteen for an internship on Capitol Hill and subsequently to attend university in…