Three ACA colleges are collaborating on an innovative publication project. Rob Merritt, Associate Professor of English at Bluefield College, Cy Dillon, Library Director of Ferrum College, Mark Roberts, Director of the Writing Center at Virginia Intermont College, and Joe Champagne, Professor of Photography & Digital Imaging at Virginia Intermont have received a grant from The Appalachian College Association to establish an online arts magazine for the 33 colleges and for the region. The team will design and edit a quarterly publication of photography, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction connected with the Appalachian region. Named Nantahala: A Review of Writing and Photography in Appalachia, the publication will offer to an ever-increasing web-based audience writing and photography that look beyond regional stereotypes. The first issue will appear in the Fall of 2001. Nantahala is currently hosted on the webservers of Virginia Intermont College.
If you are an emerging writer or photographer, think of Nantahala as rich soil in which to cultivate your talent. If you are an established artist, consider Nantahala as a protected preserve where you can continue to grow beyond the canopy of the forest.