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A poet, novelist and folklorist, he had deep roots in Appalachian history. In his early years, he worked at a library where he spent the night reading countless literature. He was a creative force behind the Morehead Writers’ Workshop at the University during the 1950s and taught literature during the 1960s. His writing masterpiece was “River of Earth,” the discussion of change in Appalachia which follows the struggles of a family trying to survive by either subsisting off the land or entering the coal mines. He was the 1988 Appalachian Treasure Award recipient.

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