Southern Salon: a podcast about culture & communication

Amy Clark Spain and Brittany Robertson

Amy Clark Spain and Brittany Robertson are professors with backgrounds in public relations, advertising, communication, and Appalachian studies. They're also moms, entrepreneurs, bloggers, home renovators, and much more. In addition to her day job, Amy is a nonfiction writer with publications in such venues as the New York Times, Oxford American,, and NPR. She loves all things vintage and manages a successful Etsy shop called Ivy Attic Company, where she and her daughter sell handcrafted jewelry made from repurposed books, glass, and botanicals. She is author and co-editor of the book Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community. Brittany is a successful blogger who writes about style, mama encouragement, and real life issues that are important to women. She is founder and owner of the consulting company Curated Social Strategy. Together, they'll bring you topics from faith to finding purpose, from accents to confidence in communicating, using real examples from their own journeys.@southernsalonpodcast

Wanting Radiance: An Interview with author Karen Salyer McElmurray
Sep 26 2020
Wanting Radiance: An Interview with author Karen Salyer McElmurray
In this episode we talk with fiction and nonfiction author Karen Salyer McElmurray, a native of eastern Kentucky and author of four books and a co-edited collection. Our conversation opens with our discussion of her memoir, Surrendered Child, which chronicles her teenage pregnancy in early 1970's Kentucky, giving up her son for adoption, and reuniting with him as an adult. This heart-wrenching exploration of motherhood  also finds its way into her most recent book, Wanting Radiance, a haunting novel that winds its way through time and a family that broken by murder and lost love. Written in prose that reads like poetry, Wanting Radiance is a book you will want to read if you haven't already.Karen's memoir Surrendered Child, won the AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction and was listed as a “notable book” by the National Book Critics Circle. She is also the author of Motel of the Stars, Editor's Pick from Oxford American, and a Lit Life Book of the Year.  Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (University of Georgia Press), won the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean is co-edited with Adrian Blevins, from Ohio University Press.  Her essays have won the Annie Dillard Prize, the New Southerner Prize, the Orison Magazine Anthology Award and have several times been Notable in Best American Essays.  A collection of her essays is forthcoming from Iris Books.  Her newest book, a novel called Wanting Radiance, from University Press of Kentucky is now available.  the show (