Great stories change us. The Change is a new podcast series hosted by author Sheryl Monks (one of the founding editors of Change Seven) that explores the art of writing from the insights of award-winning authors and the stories that transform us.
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In this first episode, Sheryl talks with author Charles Dodd White about his new book, A Year Without Months , just released by West Virginia University Press, a memoir that explores his complicated family dynamics and the suicides of his father, uncle, and son. Their conversation also focuses on the craft of writing both nonfiction and fiction and offers insights that emerging and established writers will find instructive.
Charles Dodd White is the recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, the Appalachian Book of the Year award in fiction, a Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. His novels are HOW FIRE RUNS (A Fall 2020 SIBA Okra Pick, IPPY GOLD MEDAL for Best Fiction in the South), IN THE HOUSE OF WILDERNESS (2018), A SHELTER OF OTHERS (2014), LAMBS OF MEN (2010), and the story collection, SINNERS OF SANCTION COUNTY (2011). He has also edited the anthologies, DEGREES OF ELEVATION (2010) and APPALACHIA NOW (2015). His newest book, A YEAR WITHOUT MONTHS, is a fragmented memoir available from West Virginia University Press. He teaches English at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee
Sheryl Monks is the author of Monsters in Appalachia, a collection of stories published by Vandalia Press, the creative imprint of West Virginia University Press. She holds an MFA in fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Her fiction has appeared in Rkvry Quarterly, Electric Literature, The Butter, The Greensboro Review, storySouth, Regarding Arts and Letters, Night Train, and other journals, and in the anthologies Surreal South and Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Contemporary West Virginia Fiction and Poetry, among others. Monsters in Appalachia was a Weatherford Award finalist, a Southern Book Prize finalist, and a Foreword Indies Book finalist.