As part of the Phyllis Wilson Moore Online Author Series, the Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host an online event with author Bonnie Proudfoot, who was awarded a Fellowship for the Arts in Creative Writing from the West Virginia Department of Culture and History. On Wednesday, September 30, at 7p.m., Dr. Proudfoot will be talking about her work, reading several passages from her book “Goshen Road: A Novel”, published by Ohio University’s Swallow Press, and taking questions from the online audience. This event is free and open to the public and will be held via WebEx. The link to join this event is https://www.fairmontstate.edu/AuthorSeriesProudfoot. The meeting number is 129 683 8258, and the password is Proudfoot.
“Goshen Road: A Novel” is an unvarnished portrait of one working-class family over two decades in rural West Virginia, with sisters Dessie and Billie Price as its urgently beating heart. Bonnie Proudfoot captures them, their husbands, and their children as they balance on the divide between Appalachia old and new, struggling for survival and reconciling themselves with past hurts and future uncertainties, as the economy and culture shift around them.
Dr. Proudfoot received a BA in Art Education and English Education from Fairmont State University, an MA in English from West Virginia University, and a second MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. Her fiction and poetry have also appeared in journals including the Gettysburg Review, Kestrel, Quarter After Eight, Sheila Na- Gig, and Athens Voices. One of Proudfoot’s short stories was awarded first prize in the 2020 Sand Hills National Fiction competition. When she is not writing or grading papers, Bonnie can be found playing blues harmonica or working on glass art in her studio in Athens, Ohio.
The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is located in a historic barn on the campus at Fairmont State University. The Folklife Center is devoted to identifying, preserving, and maintaining the traditions, culture, and heritage of the region. Currently, the Folklife Center is closed to the public, but for information about upcoming online events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 304-367-4403.