Professor Dr. Michael Joslin's writing featured in Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine

July 20, 2015

Lees-McRae College continues to live by its motto: In the Mountains, Of the Mountains, and For the Mountains. In courses focused on Appalachia, in programs presented to the community, and in research and creative work by students, faculty and staff, the College continues to draw life from its roots.

Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine has included an article by Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College, in its 30th Anniversary celebration. Appearing with fiction and scholarly articles by such eminent Appalachian voices as Lee Smith, Robert Morgan, Ron Rash and James Still, is Joslin’s nonfiction story about a Burke County moonshiner, “Still the Way It Used to Be.” 

For the past 30 years the magazine has featured poetry, fiction, personal essays, scholarly articles and photographs. A publication of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, Now and Then has covered varied aspects of Appalachian life and is respected as a voice of the mountains. Joslin’s story is included in Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine—The Best of Thirty Years Part II (2000-2014).

“I am pleased and humbled to be included among some of the most important Appalachian writers and scholars,” said Joslin, who has taught at Lees-McRae for 26 years. “The intent behind my writing and photography is to represent the richness of mountain culture and my admiration for the ingenuity and strength of its people.”

Joslin has served as the director of the John B. Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College for six years. The Center provides outreach to the community and area schools, presenting programs throughout the year for the college and the community. The Center also participates in professional conferences, such as the annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and helps develop the Stirling Collection of Appalachian literature in the Carson Library. In addition, the New Opportunity School for Women is housed under the Stephenson Center.

As a professor in the Humanities Division, Joslin teaches courses in literature, creative writing, journalism, photography and Appalachian studies. He is the program coordinator of English and serves on several college committees.

To learn more about the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College and the work of Dr. Joslin, visit

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