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Tom Tom Festival | Art, Appalachia, and Opioid Crisis: A Conversation with Robert Gipe
April 11 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Virginia Quarterly Review
Allison Wright is the Executive Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, the Texas Observer, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She teaches Journalism in New York City at the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Overseas Press Club.
Robert Gipe won the 2015 Weatherford Award for outstanding Appalachian novel for his first novel Trampoline. His second novel is Weedeater (2018). Both novels were published by Ohio University Press. From 1997 to 2018, Gipe directed the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Appalachian Program in Harlan. He is a producer of the Higher Ground community performance series; has directed the Southeast Kentucky Revitalization Project, which trains workers in fields related to creative placemaking; coordinated the Great Mountain Mural Mega Fest; co-produces the Hurricane Gap Community Theater Institute; and advises on It’s Good To Be Young in the Mountains, a youth-driven conference. Gipe formerly worked at Appalshop, an arts center in Whitesburg, Kentucky.