There is an old saying: "You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone."
At Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y.org, we know one thing that is disappearing at an alarming rate, and we are acting to stop that loss.
Out of print for decades, and long-since discarded from all but research university libraries, wonderful works of literature are simply unavailable. This Rural Literature Initiative seeks strategies for building demand for rural literature in rural schools such that academic/university presses can put much of this literature back into print or, short of this, that digitized collections might be created.
We ask for YOUR help--as an educator, a writer, a reader, or as someone with an interest in preserving Americana in the form of the written word. Please visit our website and share with us any strategies that you may have for doing so. The website is also a good place to share with us the author and title of any literature that you believe is in danger of being lost.