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41st ASA Annual Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel,
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cratis D. Williams/James S. Brown Service Award

The Cratis D. Williams/James S. Brown Service Award was instituted in 1993 under the name ‘Cratis D. Williams Service Award.’ The award was renamed to ‘Cratis D. Williams/James S. Brown Service Award’ in 1998 after Brown’s death.

2017Jo B. Brown
2016Connie Brosi
2015Ron Eller, University of Kentucky
2014Dwight Billings
2013David Whisnant, Professor Emeritus, UNC-Chapel Hill
2012Thomas S. Plaut
2011Anne Lewis and Mimi Pickering
2010Jack Wright
2009William H. Turner
2008Philip J. Obermiller
2007Ron Lewis
2006Gordon McKinney
2005Lynda Ann Ewen and Michael Montgomery
2004Patricia D. Beaver
2003No award given
2002No award given
2001Steve Fisher and Jerry Williamson
2000Howard Dorgan
1999Grace Toney Edwards
1998Roberta Herrin
1997James S. Brown
1996Helen Lewis
1995No award given
1994Jack Higgs
1993Richard Drake and Loyal Jones


Weatherford Award

The Weatherford Award was instituted in 1970.There are three categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry.


2016Steven E. Nash
Reconstruction's Ragged Edge
2015Chad Berry, Shaunna Scott and Phillip Obermiller, eds.
Studying Appalachian Studies: Making the Path by Walking
2014Susan Spalding
Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities
2013Kathryn Newfont
Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina
2012Emily Satterwhite
Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878
2011Alessandro Portelli
They Say in Harlan County
2010Chris Green
The Social Life of Poetry
2009Ronald D. Eller
Uneven Ground
2008James J. Lorence
A Hard Journey: The Life of Don West
2007Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell
Encyclopedia of Appalachia
2006No award given
2005Sharon Hartfield
Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell
2004Michael Montgomery
Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English
2003Wilma A. Dunaway
Slavery in the American Mountain South
2002John A. Williams
Appalachia: A History
2001John O’Brien
At Home in the Heart of Appalachia
2000Dwight D. Billings and Kathleen M. Blee
The Road to Poverty
1999Loyal Jones
Faith and Meaning in the Southern Uplands
1998Homer Hickam, Jr.
Rocket Boys: A Memoir
1997No award given
1996Wilma A. Dunaway
The First American Frontier
1995Deborah Vansau McCauley
Appalachian Mountain Religion: A History
1994Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Colored People: A Memoir
1993No award given
1992No award given
1991Crandall A. Shifflet
Coal Towns: Life, Work, and Culture in Company Towns of Southern Appalachia, 1880-1960
1990Helen Lewis and Susanna O’Donnell
Remembering Our Past, Building Our Future
1989John Inscoe
Mountain Masters, Slavery, and the Sectional Crisis in Western North Carolina
1988No award given
1987Rodger Cunningham
Apples on the Flood: The Southern Mountain Experience by
1986Martin Cherniack
The Hawk’s Nest Incident
1985Eliot Wigginton
Sometimes a Shining Moment
1984No award given
1983John Edgerton
1982Ronald Eller
Miners, Millhands, and Mountaineers
1981David Corbin
Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields
1980John Gaventa
Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in An Appalachian Valley
1979Thomas J. Schoenbaum
The New River Controversy
1978John W. Hevener
Which Side Are You On?;
Henry D. Shapiro
Appalachia On Our Mind by
1977Gurney Norman
Kinfolks Laurel Shackelford and Bill Weinberg
Our Appalachia
1976Kai T. Erikson
Everything In Its Path
1975Brian Woolley and Ford Reid
We Be Here When the Morning Comes by
1974No award given
1973Barry Bingham, Jr.
Articles in the Courier Journal
1972Eliot Wigginton and students of Rabun Gap
The Foxfire Book
1971David H. Looff
Appalachia’s Children
1970Ben A. Franklin of the New York Times
Series of articles written on Appalachia


2016Crystal Wilkinson
The Birds of Opulence
2015Robert Gipe
2014Marie Manilla
The Patron Saint of Ugly
2013Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior
2012Charles Frazier
Night Woods
2011Amy Greene
2010C.E. Morgan
All the Living
2008Anne Pancake
Strange As the Weather Has Been
2007Dot Jackson
2006Darnell Arnoult
What Travels With Us: Poems
2005No award information available
2004Ron Rash
Saints at the River
2003Gretchen Moran Laskas
The Midwife’s Tale
2002No award given
2001John O’ Brien
At Home in the Heart of Appalachia
1997Charles Frazier
Cold Mountain
1992Denise Giardina
The Unquiet Earth
1988Lee Smith
Fair and Tender Ladies
1987Denise Giardina
Storming Heaven
1984Jon Ehle
Last One Home


(instituted as a separate category from Fiction Award in 2011)
2015Marc Harshman
Believe What You Can
2015Nickole Brown
Fanny Says
2014Jesse Graves
Basin Ghosts
2013Richard Hague
During the Recent Extinctions
2012Jesse Graves
Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine
2011Lisa Parker
This Gone Place

Special Weatherford Award Winners

2014Morris Allen Grubbs and Mary Ellen Miller, eds
Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader
1999Sidney Saylor Farr and Jerry W. Williamson
1996Loyal Jones
1988Alfred Perrin
1985Albert Stewart, Certificate of Achievement
1979Cratis Williams
1978Harriette Simpson Arnow
1977James Still
1976Harry Caudill
1975Jesse Stuart
1973Wilma Dykeman
1972Robert Coles, M.D.


Helen M. Lewis Community Service Award

The Helen M. Lewis Community Service Award was instituted in 2001.

2016Mary Kay Thomas
2015The Origin Project founded by Adriana Trigiani with Nancy Bolmeier-Fisher and Grace Bradshaw
2014Sarah Riley, High Rocks, leadership program in West Virginia for young women ages 13-25
2013Ron Carson
2013Roy Silver
2012Amy Clark, on behalf of the Appalachian Writing Project
2011Peggy Kemner and Irma Gall
2010Julia “Judy” Bonds
2009Eula Hall
2008Appalachian Voices
2007Silas House
2006Gurney Norman
2005No Award Information Available
2004(1) Our Common Heritage (Dayton) & (2) Pam and Jerry Williamson
2003Jack Spadaro
2002Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS), Beards Fork, WV
2001The Dayhoit Activists: Teri Blanton, Monetta Gross, Joan Robinette
2000Hindman Settlement School


Jack Spadaro Documentary Award

The Jack Spadaro Documentary Award was instituted in 2005. It was previously known as the “Media Arts” Award.

2016Jordan Freeman and Mari-Lynn C. Evans, directors
Blood on the Mountain
2015Chad Stevens
2014Ted Olson, Producer and Writer
The Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929: Can You Sing Or Play Old-Time Music?
2013Ann Lewis & Mimi Pickering
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
2012Miranda Brown
Remembering Blair Mountain
2011Bill Haney
The Last Mountain
2010On Coal River
2008No award given
2007Anne Lewis
2006Catherine Pancake
Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal & the Fight for Coalfield Justice
2005No award given
2004Robert Salyer


Carl A. Ross Student Paper Award

The Carl A. Ross Student Paper Award was instituted in 1984.

2017Sana Schlanger
2016Pierce Greenberg
2015No award given
2014Zachary Dufault Swick
2013Laura C. McPherson, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Appalachian Spring: Persistent Stereotypes, Community Archives, and Social Power”
2012Jonathan Buchanan
2011Amanda L. Fickey
“Rendering Regional Development Technical: An Examination of Appalachia: A Report by the President’s Appalachian Regional Commission, 1964”
2010Tracy Jarrell
“Sheep! Sheep Production in Watauga and Ashe Counties from the 1930’s to Today”
2009Kathryn Staley
2008Kristin Kant
“Artists Minimizing Economic Uncertainty through Cultural Commodification Strategies and Performances”
2007Esther White, Mzwandile Ginindza
“Shifting Paradigms: The Future of Economic Development in Appalachia”
2006John R. Burch
“Fighting the War on Poverty in the Second Poorest County in the United States”
2005Kristin Patterson
“Stealing Democracy: Sheriff Biggs, the Good Government League, and Politics in Polk County, Tennessee, 1930-1948”
2004Emily Satterwhite
“That’s What They’re All Singing About: Embracing Appalachian Heritage, American Nationalism, and Celtic Pride at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival”
2003Matt Schroeder
“The Prison Paradox: Bushy Mountain Prison, the Early Years”
2002Alyson Baker
“The Flanary & Co. Store: A Century of Connections Between Southern Appalachia and the Wider World”
1998-2001No award information available
1997Rebecca Bailey
1992Ted Olson
"Cherokee Stickball: A Changing Tradition"
1984John Inscoe
“Diversity and Vitality in the Antebellum Mountain Society: The Towns of Western North Carolina”


e-Appalachia Award

The e-Appalachia Award was instituted in 2001.

2016Inside Appalachia
2014Looking at Appalachia
2013Still: The Journal
2012Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc.
2011e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia
2010Radical Roots in the Appalachian South
2009Journey Up Coal River
2008The Kentucky Artisan Heritage Trails
2006No Award Information Available
2005Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
2004Just Connections
2003CSEGA at MU
2002Christiansburg Institute
2001Nantahala Review
2000Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults; Judy Teaford and Tina Hanlon


Wilma Dykeman "Faces of Appalachia" Post-doctoral Research Fellowship

The Wilma Dykeman "Faces of Appalachia" Post-doctoral Research Fellowship was instituted in 2009.

2012Jan Rezek
2009-2010Emily Satterwhite
2008-2009Janet L. Justice-Crickmer


Stephen L. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching

Stephen L. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching was instituted in 2013.

2016 (Post-secondary)Alan Banks
2016 (Post-secondary)Dwight B. Billings
2015 (Post-secondary)Carol Boggess
2015 (K-12)George Reynolds
2014Amy D. Clark, Professor of English, UVA-Wise
2013Ricky Cox

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