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Stonepile Writers' Anthology

Stonepile Writers' Anthology Volume 1
Stonepile Writers' Anthology Volume 2
Stonepile Writers' Anthology Volume 3

Stonepile Writers' Anthology Vol I
Edited by: April Loebick & Matthew Pardue
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-9792324-1-1

Stonepile Writers' Anthology Vol II
Edited by: April Loebick & Matthew Pardue
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-9792324-5-9

Stonepile Writers' Anthology Vol III
Edited by: April Loebick
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-9792324-5-2

The Stonepile Writers Anthology collections bring together some of the best area writers and artists in a collection of poetry, prose, essays, and photos.

Introduction from Volume I:

The Stonepile Writers Group began in Dahlonega, GA in 2007.  It joins disparate talents, interests, and life-experiences, just as their region does. The group includes poets, traditional and free verse, nature-oriented and abstract. It includes fiction writers and memoirists, fantasists and steam-punkers. It includes professional writers and so-called amateurs, people from all walks of life: lawyers, bankers, librarians, engineers, instructors, soldiers, nurses, business developers, students, retirees, and more. These writers all share the creative impulse, commonly and uncommonly inspired by their shared home in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, with its red oaks, waterfalls, mountain laurels, and Cherokee markers.
Alice Sampson, Director of the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, suggested the group’s name: “For several months while in graduate school, I passed Princess Trahlyta’s grave at Stonepile Gap, making my way up the mountain to Woody Gap School…It is also called Stonepile Gap.

“Here one pays respect to her by adding a rock to the Princess’s grave. I see our group as building a place that may be temporary as a pile of rocks, but it is of solid material and composed of individual contributions, plus the name is ‘place-based’.”

Stonepile Gap is the supposed burial site of Trahlyta, who is thought to be a legendary Cherokee Indian princess. Passersby customarily drop a stone on the grave for good luck.
This group’s members individually contribute to their self-, place-, and time-memorials, and are building their own marker on their shared “literary” landscape, reciprocating the deep marks – of joy, sorrow, triumph, and loss – that their landscape and region make on them. They add together poems and stories, like passersby add rocks to Trahlyta’s memorial, thereby building their community’s sense of place just as their community builds these writers’ sense of self.

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