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(West Plains) – Local author Anthony Priest will host a booth featuring literature written by Ozarks authors in conjunction with the 19th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains.

Priest, associate professor of English at Missouri State University-West Plains, edited the recently released Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology, which features pieces by poets, novelists, naturalists, columnists and historians whose lives were shaped profoundly by the landscape and culture of the Ozarks.

The anthology includes pieces by such authors as Donald Harington, Sara Burge, Marcus Cafagna, Art Homer, Pattiann Rogers, Miller Williams, Roy Reed and Daniel Woodrell.

Copies of Yonder Mountain, as well as books by some of the authors, will be available for sale at the booth, which can be found near the festival information booth on East Main Street, and several of the authors will be on hand to sign them, Priest said.

In addition to the booth, Priest and several of the authors will give readings from the various titles offered beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the West Plains Civic Center theater. Among those joining Priest are Sara Burge, Craig Albin and Phil Howerton. Albin and Howerton also are members of the Missouri State-West Plains English faculty.

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains. The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands. Admission is free.

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