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Bury Me under the Weeping Willow

Kori Frazier
Ohio Northern University

Bury Me under the Weeping Willow was conceived nearly three years ago, during my freshman year at Ohio Northern, and draws upon my lifelong interests in Appalachian culture, history, and folk ballads. Set on Tennessee death row during the summer of 1927, the historical novel, complete as of this winter, explores the relationship between a young girl from Moccasin Gap, Virginia convicted of murder, and the woman who serves as her prison matron. Interfaced against their relationship is the first country music recording sessions, held that summer in Bristol, Tennessee and credited with beginning the music industry as we know it today. This presentation will focus on the challenges of crafting a work of fiction, while at the same time giving it a strong foundation in historical circumstances, including the wide variety of research I accomplished while writing, and share an excerpt from the work. To date, this project was successfully presented as my senior essay in January, and is under consideraion at four literary agencies who have solicited additional chapters.

ONU Undergraduate Research Colloquium (2009)