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Going to the Mountaintop

Novelist Silas House introduces Appalachia Rising

September 18, 2010 Silas House– the novelist, poet, and playwright who recently resigned his position at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate to head to Berea College in his native Kentucky– has long been an outspoken regional advocate for environmental preservation in the Appalachian Mountains. Today, in an op-ed piece for the Lexington Herald-Leader, House lays out an airtight case against the form of mining known as mountaintop removal and explains why “Appalachia Rising, a mass mobilization in Washington, D.C. Sept. 25-27, seeks to change that” practice. Read the full essay here.