Joslin, Michael (E.) 1949-

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JOSLIN, Michael (E.) 1949-


Born May 20, 1949, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Charles E. (in the military) and Anne (Strauff) Joslin; married Pam Wilder, January 14, 1995; children: Blanche, Dylan, Mitchell. Education: Attended U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1967-70; University of South Carolina—Columbia, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1973, Ph.D. (with distinction), 1977.


Home—1236 Greasy Creek Rd., Bakersville, NC 28705. Office—Lees-McRae College, P.O. Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604.


Educator, photographer, and writer. Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL, assistant professor of English, 1978-82, teacher at Governor's School for the Talented and Gifted, 1981; East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, temporary English teacher, 1985-89, fellow of Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, 1987; Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, NC, faculty member, 1989-90, associate professor, 1990-96, professor of English, 1996—. Freelance writer and photographer, 1982—, with photography represented in exhibitions, including "Mountain Epiphanies" and "Spots of Time: Life under the Black Mountains." Participant in workshops and lecture/slide presentations.


Appalachian Consortium, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


Havilah Babcock creative writing award; awards for best news article and best news photograph, North Carolina Soil Conservation Service, 1988; Edgar Tufts Award, Lees-McRae College, 1998, for excellence in teaching.


Mountain People, Places, and Ways: A Southern Appalachian Sampler, Overmountain Press (Johnson City, TN), 1991.

More Mountain People, Places, and Ways: Another Southern Appalachian Sampler, Overmountain Press (Johnson City, TN), 1992.

Our Living Heritage, Overmountain Press (Johnson City, TN), 1998.

Appalachian Bounty: Nature's Gifts from the Mountains, Overmountain Press (Johnson City, TN), 2000.

Work represented in anthologies, including In Place: A Collection of Appalachian Writers, edited by Ronald K. Giles, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (Johnson City, TN), 1988; and Appalachia Inside-Out: An Anthology of Appalachian Literature, edited by Jack Higgs and Ambrose Manning, University of Tennessee Press (Knoxville, TN), 1995. Contributor of articles, photographs, and reviews to periodicals, including Now and Then, North Carolina Arts Journal, Balsams and Hemlocks, Mountain Times, Multi-Cultural Digest, and Draft Horse Journal.


Michael Joslin told CA: "My writing and photography focus on the natural and human culture of the Southern Appalachians. I work with the reality of the region, basing my articles and books on interviews, personal observation, and research. A strong regional flavor persists in the mountains, although the homogenous national culture is slowly replacing many of the old ways of thought, speech, and action under the inexorable pressure of the media, developers, and tourists. I attempt to capture the unique aspect that lingers. I relish the pleasure of the experience and create a record that perhaps will endure."