Beanery Online Literary Magazine

March 14, 2008



Thursday, April 17, 2008 at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Johnstown, PA
Missing Pages: The Neglected Literature of the Alleghenies Regions across America boast literary canons inspired by their people’s history, culture and landscape. While Appalachian literature has been claimed by writers from the southern mountains-literature from the heart of America’s Keystone State, inspired by its mountains, waterways, personal plights and natural resources, remains unrecognized and uncollected.

Author PJ Piccirillo will offer an explanation for this lapse in historical,social
and geographic terms, as well as a case for a canon of Allegheny literature. To support his case, Piccirillo will share his work and the work of other Allegheny poets, novelists, essayists and journalists like Rachel Carson, Michael Chabon and Jennifer Haigh.

Participants will be encouraged to share their favorites as well. Discussion may contribute to the planning of an Allegheny writers’ conference. Currently, no conference dedicated to the literature of the Alleghenies exists.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Johnstown (Penn Highlands Community College is located in the former Richland High School adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus)
Room B114
7:00 p.m.

PJ Piccirillo, Brockport
2006 Appalachian Writers Association Award Winner for Short Fiction
For further information E-mail “Dave Hurst” <>

Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop will be hosting their writing contest again this year. There are two categories, short story and poetry. Prices are $50, $25, $10 for each category. There is a $5 submission fee. All entries must be postmarked by Thursday, May 15, 2008. For additional guidelines and where to send your entry, go to or contact Barbara Purbaugh at 814-443-9541.
The Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM)( )is accepting submissions to post. There is no pay, but your writing will get exposure. Please send submissions to with the word “SUBMISSION” in the subject line.


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