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Author Erik Reece to discuss 'Mountaintop Removal'

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Erik Reece, author of “Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness,” will be on the Wofford College campus on Friday, May 4, for the opening of an exhibit featuring the photographs of Vivian Stockman. Reece will be joined by Stockman for a discussion about the “Mountaintop Removal” exhibit at 4 p.m. in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery.

Stockman is project coordinator for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), which is based in Huntington, W.Va. Her photographs of mountaintop removal and the movement to stop this extreme coal-mining practice have been published in newspapers, magazines and books, including the New York Times, the Washington Monthly, Orion, World Watch, E magazine and French Geo. She also has had her work published in several college textbooks, Web sites, and in “Big Coal,” a book by Jeff Goodell. Her photos also have been included in documentaries, including “Black Diamonds” and the yet-to-be released “Hard Coal.” She has filmed for several documentaries, including “Mountaintop Removal” and “Sludge.”

Stockman’s essay about mountaintop removal was published in 2004 in “The Appalachians,” a companion book to a PBS TV series by the same name. She writes occasional op-eds on energy-related issues, co-leads OVEC’s Sludge Safety Project, and organizes the Friends of the Mountains meetings.

Reece teaches English and writing at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, and Orion, among others. For more information on Reece, visit www.erikreece.com.

For more information, contact Oakley H. Coburn, dean of the library and curator of Wofford's art galleries, at (864) 597-4300.