Randolph-Macon College Professor Jack Trammell announces the release of the 2010
Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II. This is Trammell’s
21st book; last year he celebrated the publication of Down on the Chickahominy:
The Life and Times of a Vanishing Virginia River (The History Press, 2009).
The 2010 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II represents
an ongoing project headquartered in the Department of English at Shepherd University
in Shepherdstown, West Virginia that aims to collect and preserve contemporary and
classic Appalachian literature and visual arts. Trammell has been involved as editor
and writer from the inception and has a short story, titled “Eating Crow,” which
appears in the current volume next to his childhood hero Jesse Stuart’s story, “Split
“Jesse Stuart is one of my literary heroes,” explains Trammell. “I won a Jesse Stuart
award for my poetry not long ago, and I can think of no greater privilege than sharing
room with him in literary space. As an Appalachian native, born in Berea, Kentucky,
I am very committed to preserving the literature and culture of the region.”
The book has already garnered praise. “It is a beautiful book, and the quality of
the literature within it is even stronger than last year’s edition,” says Dr. Sylvia
Bailey Shurbutt, the Appalachian Heritage Writers project director.
Trammell joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon in 2000. He is the director of disability
support services and an assistant professor. In August 2009 he won the Virginia
Writer’s Club award for non-fiction for his Reflections of a Southern Gentleman
Farmer, a collection of vignettes about life with his wife and children
on his small farm in Louisa County.
Trammell is a long-time resident of the Richmond area, and a two-time graduate of
Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a M.Ed. in history and a Ph.D.
in education. He is an accomplished author and in 2008 he was elected president
of the Blue Ridge Virginia Writer’s Club. He has also written columns and articles
for The Washington Times and many other publications.