State's First Official Literary Map Celebrates A Proud Heritage

November 24, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia's school librarians, teachers of English, reading, speech, history and writing now have an additional informative and motivational tool available for classroom use, the first official literary map of the state.  

The map, long desired by West Virginia's classroom teachers at all levels, is now registered with the Library of Congress.Titled "From A Place Called Solid," (a quote from former state Poet Laureate Louise McNeill) the two-sided map features original art created by Noel W. Tenney, Cultural Specialist for the W.Va. Folklife Center at Fairmont State University (FSU). The front highlights 35 authors writing in the time period of 1863-2003 and is dedicated to revered folklorist Dr. Ruth Ann Musick and the oral traditions that preceded the written word.  

The map's reverse is dedicated to three literary collaborators, Shirley Young Campbell, Jim Comstock, and Dr. William Plumley. It features 138 authors as well as entries related to state literary groups and a resource list for teachers.  

The map is the result of a statewide committee headed by West Virginia literary historian Phyllis Wilson Moore and sponsored under the direction of Dr. Judy Byers of the West Virginia Folklife Center at FSU in collaboration with the West Virginia Library Commission, West Virginia Center for the Book, Center for the Book of the Library of Congress, and West Virginia Humanities Council.  

For more information, or to view the map's electronic version visit the W.Va.Folklife Center's site at  

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