The English department presents a lecture on Emma Bell Miles: Cultural Interpreter for Appalachia, on Monday, April 5, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the University Center Raccoon Mountain Room. Miles, a poet, writer, and artist, lived on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This event is free and open to the public.
Grace Toney Edwards, professor of Appalachian Studies and English and Director of the Appalachian Regional Studies Centre at Radford University, will lead a PowerPoint presentation and overview of Miles’ work.
Panelists include Steven Cox, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the Lupton Library which holds Emma Bell Miles’ papers, will discuss her journals; Kay Gaston, Tennessee historian and Emma Bell Miles’ biographer and Katerina Prajznerova, who specializes in Appalachian literature and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at UTC, will also speak.
A question and answer discussion will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Lupton Library.