Step Into The Circle: Writers In Modern Appalachia


Book / Exhibits

Our coffee table style art book, Step Into The Circle: Writers in Modern Appalachia, forthcoming  October 2019 from Blair Publishing (, will feature photo essays profiling influential writers whose lives and work have helped shape a Modern Appalachian culture.

 As an extension of our Step Into The Circle: Writers in Modern Appalachia project, photographs from the book will be exhibited in museums and galleries  across Appalachia, highlighting images of the authors (Wendell Berry, Lee Smith, Silas House, Maria Junaluska, Frank X. Walker, Adriana Trigiani, Crystal Wilkinson, Ron Rash, Bell Hooks, George Ella Lyon) and their native landscapes. 



Bloodroot Mountain is pleased to have published  Sam Stapleton's art book, Stilled Life. Stilled Life weaves together poetry and fine art photography into a visual and literary masterpiece. Inspired by Stapleton's images, created from multiple photographic exposures of frozen flowers, poets George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam have given language to the artist's work. 

As part of our Modern Appalachia exhibits, we will showcase the poetry and fine art photography from Stilled Life, presenting Stapleton as a Modern Appalachian artist.

To learn more about Sam Stapleton and Stilled Life, please visit the artist's website:

Project Photographers

Shawn Poynter, Mallory Cash, Sam Stapleton

Our Partners


Exhibit Schedule

Maryville College: January 2~4, 2019

Opening night event and reception on January 2 from 6 to 7:30 PM in the Blackberry Farm Gallery at Clayton Center for the Arts.

Knoxville Museum of Art: April 9~May19, 2019

This exhibit will highlight the photographers which have contributed to the  Step Into The Circle: Writers In A Modern Appalachia book project. 

Walters State Community College: February 1~4

On display in the lobby of the Humanities building for the duration of the Mildred Haun Conference.