Shelby has published works including a collection of her newspaper columns, titled “Can a Democrat Get Into Heaven?”
Shelby will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday she’ll perform “The Works of Aunt Molly Jackson: The Lone Pilgrim,” based on the life of the titular late American folk singer, who frequently performed with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
The conference includes writers’ workshops – led by noted writers Amy Greene, Jason Howard, Jesse Graves, George Ella Lyon and Ted Olsen – which will be held Friday morning before the conference begins.
Friday’s events include a performance by the East Tennessee State University Old Time Band and a reception honoring Jeff Daniel Marion, who served as poetin-residence at Carson-Newman College and as artist-in residence at the University of Tennessee.
At 9:45 a.m., the Walters State Music and Theatre Department will present “Tales from the Electric Mountain,” written by Dr. John Lee Welton and directed by Chris Morelock.
Morelock is an assistant professor of developmental reading and writing at Walters State.
Michael Reno Harrell will also perform.
The event schedule for Friday and Saturday both include scholarly presentations.
For more information, contact the WSCC’s division of humanities at 423-585-6922.
Walters State Community College will host the third annual Mildred Haun Conference Friday and Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., on the college’s Morristown campus.
The theme of this year’s conference is “our stories,” and registration is free and open to the public.
The conference, named for Hamblen County native and author of Appalachian fiction Mildred Haun, is a celebration of Appalachian literature, scholarship and culture.
Author Anne Shelby will deliver the conference keynote speech, which will be a tribute to author Jeff Daniel Marion and the stage production of “Tales from Electric Mountain.”