A! Magazine for the Arts

Tusculum Professor co-edits Appalachian literature anthology

December 3, 2013

Tusculum College's Wayne Thomas, chair of the Fine Arts Department and associate professor of creative writing, is the co-editor of a recently released anthology with John E. Branscum.

The book, "Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature," contains poetry, fiction, non-fiction and graphic narratives written in the past 10 years and extending from the mountain ranges of Mississippi to New York.

"Red Holler" illuminates the lively culture of the Appalachian Mountains and contains pieces written by both known and new authors. From Native American myth, African-American urban legend, folk culture and European ghost stories, this is an anthology of disenfranchised, yet robust peoples. The stories and poems of "Red Holler" elegantly cohere to depict what makes Appalachia so fascinating: its irreverent and outlaw challenges to mainstream notions of propriety and convention.

Professor Thomas's essays, stories, and plays also have been seen in several literary journals and anthologies, including "Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Miniscule Fiction" and "River Teeth."

Thomas has been with Tusculum College since 2005. He has served as editor of the Tusculum Review, overseeing the student-driven production of the college's literary journal. Thomas is also the 2012 recipient of Tusculum College's Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.