The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University is pleased to continue the Phyllis Wilson Moore Online Author Series in 2021. This semester the online series will explore the theme of labor and the struggles of West Virginia’s working folk. Each event in the series is free and available to the public through WebEx.
“I’m thrilled that we can continue, even during this pandemic, to offer opportunities for our community to engage in literature and the arts,” said Mirta M. Martin, Fairmont State University President. “This series, in particular, will be extraordinary, given West Virginia’s importance in the history of labor in the United States.”
The series will kick off Tuesday, February 9, at 7 p.m. with a reading by Diane Gilliam from Kettle Bottom, a collection of poems in the voices of miners and their families during the West Virginia mine wars. The link to join this event is www.fairmontstate.edu/GilliamWebEx.
The next reading, featuring Donna Meredith, a graduate of the former Fairmont State College with degrees in English and journalism, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. Meredith will read from her book, Buried Seeds, which is set against the backdrop of the West Virginia teachers’ strike. This link to join this event is www.fairmontstate.edu/MeredithWebEx.
The series will conclude on Tuesday, February 23, at 7 p.m. with a reading by Matthew Neill Null from his novel, Honey from the Lion, a compelling story of labor unrest set in the logging camps of West Virginia in the early 20th century. The link to join this event is www.fairmontstate.edu/NullWebEx.
Phyllis Moore is a graduate of Fairmont State College, nurse, poet and the creator of the West Virginia Literary Map. She donated her research about West Virginia authors to airmont State University. The Phyllis Wilson Moore West Virginia Authors Archive is housed at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center and is available to student and faculty researchers. Although the Center is currently open to Fairmont State University students, it is closed to community visitors. For information about online events hosted by the Folklife Center, call 304-367-4403.