Discipline: Literature

James Still

Discipline: Literature
Region: Knott County, KY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1938
James Still (1906 – 2001) was an American poet, novelist, and folklorist. He lived most of his life in a log house along the Dead Mare Branch of Little Carr Creek, Knott County, KY. He was best known for the novel River of Earth, which depicted the struggles of coal mining in eastern Kentucky. Still received the Southern Author's Award shortly after publication, which he shared with Thomas Wolfe for Wolfe's work You Can't Go Home Again. Still went on to publish a few collections of poetry and short stories, a juvenile novel, and a compilation of Appalachian local color he collected over the years.


Irving Fine

James Still worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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