MARCH 24, 2016

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College’s All-College Read series continues in April will two events about Appalachian culture.

Amy Clark

Amy Clark

Dancer and instructor Carol Thompson and musicians Steve Terrell and Lu Williams will present “Do-Si-Do: An Interactive Presentation” at noon Wednesday, April 6 at the Joseph S. Koury Hospitality Careers Center. The collaborative show will teach audiences about traditional Southern dance.

Dr. Amy Clark, professor of English and applied linguistics at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, will present “Talking Appalachian: Voice and Place” at noon Friday, April 15 at the Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Center auditorium. Clark will explore the rich histories of Appalachian English from western Pennsylvania to northern Georgia as well as examine the complexities of owning a widely recognized “accent.”

The All-College Read is an annual event where faculty, students and staff read the same book. This year’s selection is Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods,” based on the author’s experience hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Both events will take place on the Jamestown Campus, 601 E. Main St., Jamestown. The events are free and open to the public and presented by GTCC’s Department of English and Humanities.



Amy Clark is the author and co-editor of “Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community” (University Press of KY, 2013, with Nancy Hayward), and “Success in Hill Country” (The Napoleon Hill Foundation, 2012). Her writing is forthcoming or has been featured in the New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tampa Tribune, With Good Reason radio, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Now and Then, National Writing Project, Still: the Literary Journal, and many others. In 2012, Clark won the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing from Lincoln Memorial University and the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

Clark is the founding director of the Appalachian Writing Project (AWP), a nonprofit organization designed to promote reform in how writing is taught from kindergarten to college to community. The AWP has been awarded over $500,000 in funding since 2001 and has a network of over 100 trained teacher consultants. In 2013, they were honored with the Helen Lewis Community Service Award, given by the Appalachian Studies Association.

She is a professor of English (rhetoric and writing) at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where she teaches courses in Appalachian studies, communication studies (rhetorical theory, speech and sociolinguistics) and writing. She holds a doctorate in English (rhetoric, applied linguistics and writing) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in English literature from Virginia Tech. During her career at UVA-Wise she has been honored with both the Harrison Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Harrison Award for Outstanding Research and Publication.


Carol Thompson loves to dance and she loves to teach other folks to dance. She instructs and calls community dances and square dances. When she hears old time string music she can’t keep her feet from joining in with traditional flatfooting and clogging. Thompson also promotes old-time music events by organizing house concerts for local musicians. When not dancing, she is a graphic designer, watercolor painter, hiker and volunteer for several organizations.


Steve Terrill and Lu Williams provide that old-time sound so essential to traditional dance. Steve Terrill has been involved in old time music for over 20 years. He plays banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. He’s also a web designer and a great cook. Lu Williams has been playing fiddle for about 15 years. Living on a farm in rural Rockingham County, she feels a special connection to the old-time traditions. Besides being an avid fiddler Williams is a landscape designer and yoga instructor.


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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC