Meet the STORMING HEAVEN: THE MUSICAL writers: #DeniseGiardina
Denise Giardina grew up in McDowell County, West Virginia. She received a BA in history from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She has written five novels: Good King Harry (Harper and Row, 1984), Storming Heaven (W.W. Norton, 1987), The Unquiet Earth (W.W. Norton, 1992), Saints and Villains (W.W. Norton, 1998), and Emily's Ghost (W.W. Norton, 2009). Storming Heaven was a Discovery selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, a New Voices selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club, and received the 1987 W.D. Weatherford Award for the best published work about the Appalachian South. Giardina's op-ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Charleston (WV) Gazette, and the Daily Mail. She was published in The Nation, Southern Exposure, Emmy, and the Village Voice. Giardina took part in the Appalachian Land Ownership Study in the early 1980s which documented that the region is dominated by absentee land ownership. She was arrested twice during the United Mine Workers' strike against the Piston Company in the late 1980s and ran for Governor of West Virginia in 2000 to protest the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining.
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