“United States of Appalachia” author to speak at lunchtime series

Jeff Biggers, author of “The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture and Enlightenment to America,” will be the featured presenter as the fall Appalachian Cultural Lunchtime Series continues Thursday, Oct. 5, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Biggers’ presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the museum auditorium. He maintains that Appalachia has long been a vanguard region in the United States – a cradle of freedom and independence, a hotbed for literature and music, and the source of some of the most daring American innovations, rebellions and social movements.

Biggers has worked as a writer, editor, educator and radio correspondent across this county and in Europe, India and Mexico. His stories have been broadcast on National Public Radio and Public Radio International, and in numerous newspapers and magazines. Currently residing in Illinois and Italy, he co-edited “No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poems of Don West,” which won an American Book Award.

The Mountain Heritage Center and Ron Rash, WCU’s Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies, sponsor the lunchtime series. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch. The event includes a 30-minute talk or performance, followed by a chance for guests to meet with the presenter.

For more information, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at (828) 227-7129.