Originally from Romney, WV, Ann Pancake is an American fiction writer with a focus on Appalachian stories. Her writings address themes of poverty, social class, and rural American societies. She currently resides in Arthurdale and teaches creative writing at West Virginia University.
In Given Ground, Ann Pancake’s characters confront what many perceive as an invading outside culture, enduring and at times transcending the loss of their “place,” both literally and figuratively. Their stories undermine the assumption that just because people don’t articulate what happens inside them, nothing much is happening at all.