Literary App State Cold Mountain Review Celebrates 50th Anniversary

BOONE, North Carolina — Cold Mountain Exam (CMR)Appalachian State University’s oldest continuing publication and one of the nation’s oldest scholarly literary journals, turns 50 in 2022.

Published annually by App State’s English Department, CMR publishes work that draws on and attempts to engage with eco-justice and social justice issues and experiences. The journal welcomes work from established and unpublished contributors from all backgrounds and identities, including those who have been historically underrepresented by the traditional publishing industry.

Since its inception, the journal has undergone many changes, including a conversion from a print to an online format in 2020 to save resources and help reduce the university’s carbon footprint.

Earlier this year, CMR launched Cold Mountain Press – a new wing that will produce one prose book and one poetry book a year across the Cold Mountain Press Book Contest. In May, CMR published volume 50, the 2022 Special Issue on Identitywhich featured book review, creative non-fiction, fiction, interviews, poetry and visual art from a diverse collection of creators.

RMC was founded in 1972 by Rod “RT” Smith ’75, an English Department alumnus and 2016-17 award recipient College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award, in collaboration with his acolytes Donald Secreast ’72, Jo Anne Eskridge and Charles Frazier ’75. The journal was named after Gary Snyder’s translations of poems by the Chinese poet Han-Shan, whose name, in English, means “Cold Mountain”.

Today, CMR remains a collaborative effort, co-edited by the Associate Professor in the Department of English Mark Powell and speaker Katy Abramswith graduate assistant Jessie Gada ’19, of Mooresville, as associate editor and associate professor of the journal Zackary Vernon serving as a non-fiction editor.

For more information about CMR, including how to submit work electronically for the 2023 issue of the journal, visit coldmountainreview.org.

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App State’s Cold Mountain Review depends on donations, grants, and subscriptions to remain viable. Tax-deductible contributions may be made through the Appalachian State University Foundation, Inc.

Cold Mountain Review aims to recapture elements of its founding vision as well as offer new and innovative ideas about place, sustainability, writing and art. In the latest iteration of their 50-year-old literary journal, among the oldest in continuous publication in North Carolina, they are inspired by the vision of its founding editor, RT Smith.

The Appalachian State University Department of English is committed to exceptional classroom work, student support and mentorship, and dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory, and literature . The department offers master’s degrees in English and Rhetoric and Composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in Literary Studies, Film Studies, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Teaching English.

4 acclaimed authors will visit the App State campus and share their work this fall

Author Visits are part of App State’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Fall 2022 Guest Writer Series

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Four acclaimed authors — Savannah Sipple, Neema Avashia, Leigh Ann Henion, and Scott Blackburn — will visit the App State campus this fall as part of the 2022-2023 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. Authors will read excerpts from their work and give lectures on the art of writing.

About the English Department

The Appalachian State University Department of English is committed to exceptional classroom work, student support and mentorship, and dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory, and literature . The department offers master’s degrees in English and Rhetoric and Composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in Literary Studies, Film Studies, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Teaching English. Learn more about https://english.appstate.edu.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is home to 17 academic departments, two centers, and a residential college. These units cover the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. CAS aims to develop a distinctive identity based on the strengths, traditions and unique location of our university. The college’s values ​​are not only based on service to the university and the local community, but also on inspiring, training, educating and developing its students as global citizens. More than 6,400 adult students are enrolled in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing App State’s general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing degrees in other colleges. Learn more about https://cas.appstate.edu.

About Appalachian State University

As the Southeast’s premier public undergraduate institution, Appalachian State University prepares students to live meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and take responsibility for creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to gain and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and purpose, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachia is home to nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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