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Amy Clark

An associate professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Amy Clark D’05 has two books coming out this year.

Success in Hill Country, published by the Napoleon Hill Foundation, is a collection of oral histories by Appalachians who have achieved success using Hill’s principles from his bestseller Think and Grow Rich.

A second book, Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community, which she co-edited with retired IUP English professor Nancy Hayward, will be published by the University Press of Kentucky. A collection of research, fiction, and creative nonfiction, this volume combines scholarly and interpretive works about Appalachian dialects from Western Pennsylvania to Northern Georgia. The co-editors assembled a panel on the subject for the Appalachian Studies Association’s national conference at IUP in March.

Amy is founding director of UVa-Wise’s Appalachian Writing Project, a nonprofit that aims to improve the teaching of writing. Her dissertation, “In Our Mothers’ Words: The Vernacular Literacy Practices of Central Appalachian Women,” was a finalist for the James Berlin Dissertation of the Year Award. She also won the Harrison Award for Outstanding Teaching at UVa-Wise in 2005.

She makes her home in Big Stone Gap, Va., with her husband, Bryan Spain, and their two children.

Photo: Tim and Angel Cox