Karen Salyer McElmurray

Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey was a National Book Critics Circle Notable Book. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven. The recipient of a National Endowment from the Arts Fellowship, McElmurray teaches at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean · Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia
Edited by Adrian Blevins and Karen Salyer McElmurray

In essays that take wide-ranging forms—ideal for creative nonfiction classes—established and emerging writers with roots in Appalachia take on the theme of silencing in Appalachian culture. They write about families left behind, hard-earned educations, selves transformed, identities chosen, and risks taken.

Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean offers lively discussion of the role of silence and silencing in Appalachian culture. Blevins and McElmurray have assembled an impressive array of established and new voices. The essays are provocative, electric, occasionally heart-rending, occasionally hilarious, but always thoughtful and essential.”

Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire