Mountaintop Mining and a Family Tale Presented for Yinger Lecture
By Sara Reed, '14
The hidden cost of mountaintop removal mining, addressed through fiction, has turned Ann Pancake into a prizewinning author and a different kind of environmentalist. Pancake shares her work and her ideas as Albion College's 2011 Yinger Family Lecturer on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in Towsley Lecture Hall, Norris Center.
Ann Pancake's first novel, published in 2007, is set in her native West Virginia and traces the destruction of a mining family. Strange As This Weather Has Been was base on interviews and real events and was one of Kirkus Review's Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007, won the 2007 Weatherford Award, and was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award.
Pancake's collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless award, and she has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like Glimmer Train, Poets and Writers, Narrative and New Stories from the South. A graduate of West Virginia University, Pancake holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Washington. Currently, she teaches in the MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.