April 28, 2019 at 3:49 pm

Alumni News | Hayes’ First Book Wins Nancy Dasher Award

Amanda Hayes, portrait

Dr. Amanda Hayes

Ohio University alum Dr. Amanda Hayes published her first book, The Politics of Appalachian Rhetoric, with West Virginia University Press.

The book won the 2019 Nancy Dasher Award, a prize that is presented by the College English Association of Ohio and “recognizes outstanding publications by faculty members from a CEAO-member department.”

“My book looks at one of Appalachia’s rich rhetorical traditions revolving around family/community storytelling, including its history among Scotch-Irish immigrants, its appearance in Appalachian writing, and how it conflicts with the ‘rules’ of good writing most of us are taught in school. I try to demonstrate what this tradition looks like, using my own family and place-based stories to demonstrate how this Appalachian rhetoric creates and shares knowledge and identity,” Hayes says.

Hayes earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio University, graduating in 2015. She is an assistant professor of English at Kent State University Tuscarawas, where she teaches courses in composition and literature. Her research focuses on Appalachia, literacy, and gender. Her dissertation formed the basis of her first book, The Politics of Appalachian Rhetoric, published in 2018.

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