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Yonder Mountain

An Ozarks Anthology

Anthony Priest

Publication Year: 2013

More than thirty years have passed since poet Miller Williams compiled his anthology Ozark, Ozark: A Hillside Reader, but time has not whittled away the talent of writers living in or native to the Ozarks. Yonder Mountain, inspired by Williams’s collection, remains rooted in the literary legacy of the Ozarks while reflecting the diversity and change of the region. Readers will find fresh, creative, honest voices profoundly influenced by the landscape and culture of the Ozark Mountains. Poets, novelists, columnists, and historians are represented—Donald Harington, Sara Burge, Marcus Cafagna, Art Homer, Pattiann Rogers, Miller Williams, Roy Reed, Dan Woodrell, and more.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xii

Greer Spring, which flows from the Ozark Heritage region of Missouri, is accessed by trailhead just off Highway 19 in Oregon County. Before descending 250 feet into the holler, travelers can glimpse the roughhewn, sagging ghost of Greer Spring mill—caged in the gnarled limbs of blackjack oak—guarded by the soaring climbs of shortleaf pine. ...

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C. D. Albin

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pp. 1-13

C. D. Albin was born on April 9, 1961, in West Plains, Missouri. He is currently professor of English at Missouri State University in West Plains, where he edits Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies. His stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, ...

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Walter Bargen

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pp. 14-18

Walter Bargen found time along the way to be born an “army brat” at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on July 20, 1948. He has published fourteen books of poetry. His two latest books are Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (BkMk Press-UMKC, 2009) and Endearing Ruins / Liebenswerte Ruinen (Liliom Verlag, Germany, 2012). ...

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Brooks Blevins

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pp. 19-29

Brooks Blevins was born November 28, 1969, in Batesville, Arkansas, and grew up forty miles away on the family farm in the rural community of Violet Hill. Descended from long lines of rural Ozarkers on both sides of his family, Blevins first took an interest in Ozark history as an undergraduate at Batesville’s Lyon College. ...

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James Bogan

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pp. 30-38

James Bogan is an emeritus professor of art history, a poet, and a filmmaker, who has taught at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla since 1969. His scholarly publications include Sparks of Fire (1982), an experimental anthology on William Blake, ...

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Sara Burge

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pp. 39-41

Sara Burge was born in West Plains, Missouri, and she has lived in the Missouri Ozarks most of her life. She first attended college at the Missouri State University, West Plains campus, and eventually completed her MFA in poetry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. ...

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Michael Burns

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pp. 42-47

Michael Burns helped found the Creative Writing Program at Missouri State University, where he taught for twenty-five years. A graduate of the University of Arkansas Creative Writing Program, he published two chapbooks, When All Else Failed and And As for Darkness, ...

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Marcus Cafagña

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pp. 48-50

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Marcus Cafagña is the author of two books of poetry, The Broken World (University of Illinois Press, 1996), a National Poetry Series selection, and Roman Fever (Invisible Cities Press/IPG, 2001). His poems and critical reviews have also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, ...

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Katie Estill

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pp. 51-63

Katie Estill is the author of two novels Evening Would Find Me and Dahlia’s Gone, which was named one of the top 100 books of 2007 by the Kansas City Star, and was a finalist for the 2008 Dashiell Hammett Prize. Her short stories have appeared in such journals as The Missouri Review, The Mid-American Review, Ontario Review, ...

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Charles J. Farmer

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pp. 64-66

Charles J. Farmer (1943–2008) was the voice of conservation in the Ozarks. For twenty years, he was the outdoors columnist for the Springfield News-Leader. He took on causes, such as protesting the Las Vegas–style development in Branson. ...

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Gary Guinn

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pp. 67-70

Gary Guinn’s great-great-grandfather, a lieutenant in the Second Kentucky Mounted Rifles, moved his family to northern Arkansas after the Civil War. They have lived there ever since. Guinn was born in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and lives there now with his wife, Mary Ann, and his lab mix, Seamus, and his Corgi mix, Peanut. ...

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Jim Hamilton

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pp. 71-75

Jim Hamilton was reared on a small dairy farm near Elkland, Missouri, where he developed early a love for his native Ozarks. He developed early, too, a love for the written word. Completing his BA in Writing at Missouri State University in 1974 gained him a position as news editor of the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. ...

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Donald Harington

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pp. 76-87

Donald Harington was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 22, 1935. Before his death in 2009, he authored fourteen novels, among them The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, The Choiring of the Trees, Lightning Bug, With, and his final Enduring. ...

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William Harrison

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pp. 88-98

William Harrison, a Texan, is the author of nine novels, three collections of short stories, two major screenplays, and a book of essays. He was the cofounder of the program in creative writing at the University of Arkansas and still lives in Fayetteville. ...

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Andrea Hollander

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pp. 99-104

Andrea Hollander was born in Berlin, Germany, the child of American parents stationed overseas after World War II, and raised in the United States. In 1977 she moved to Mountain View, Arkansas, where she and her husband built their own house, raised their son, Brooke, started a natural foods store, and ran a bed-and-breakfast. ...

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Art Homer

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pp. 105-118

Art Homer was born in Ellington, Missouri. His memoir, The Drownt Boy: An Ozark Tale (University of Missouri Press, 1994) details his early life in the region, and a return as an adult for a canoe trip on the Current River. Published as a finalist in the Associated Writing Programs Creative Nonfiction Award series, ...

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Jane Hoogestraat

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pp. 119-120

Jane Hoogestraat was born in South Dakota, earned her BA from Baylor and her PhD from the University of Chicago, and arrived in the Missouri Ozarks in the fall of 1989. Since that time, she has taught at Missouri State in Springfield, specializing in 20th century poetry, literary theory, and creative writing—poetry. ...

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Phillip Howerton

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pp. 121-123

Phillip Howerton, a sixth-generation Ozarker, was born in Webster County, Missouri, in 1962. He is associate professor of English at Missouri State University in West Plains, and his photographs, reviews, poems, and essays have appeared in various journals and reference books, ...

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Dave Malone

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pp. 124-126

Dave Malone’s great-great-great-grandfather Cyrus Newberry was one of the first settlers of European descent in Howell County, Missouri. His family purchased land near Moody in the 1840s. Born in Rolla, Missouri, in 1968, he fondly calls West Plains home. ...

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Anthony Priest

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pp. 127-128

Anthony Priest was raised on an Ozarks farm near Ebenezer, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Missouri State University in Springfield and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis. ...

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Roy Reed

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pp. 129-137

Roy Reed was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He spent most of his working years as a newspaper reporter after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He worked a year at the Joplin, Missouri, Globe, and eight years at the Arkansas Gazette before joining New York Times in 1965. ...

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Jan Peterson Roddy

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pp. 138-142

Jan Peterson Roddy was born in 1957 in Kirkwood, Missouri. She has roots in the Ozarks dating back to before the Civil War, where her family homesteaded forty acres along the Gasconade River. Her childhood was split between St. Louis, where her mother had moved from the farm to find work, ...

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Pattiann Rogers

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pp. 143-146

Pattiann Rogers was born in Joplin, Missouri. She received a BA in English literature in 1960 from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston in 1980. Her first book, The Expectations of Light, was published by Princeton University Press in 1981. ...

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Marideth Sisco

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pp. 147-150

Marideth Sisco performed as the singer and was roots music consultant for the Oscar-nominated film Winter’s Bone and is the lead singer in the Blackberry Winter Band. A retired journalist and specialist in Ozarks folklore, she is host of a radio show, “These Ozarks Hills” on KSMUFM public radio in Springfield, Missouri. ...

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Bonnie Stepenoff

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pp. 151-162

Bonnie Stepenoff was born on July 18, 1949, in the hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from the Ohio State University in 1971, she studied history at the University of Missouri in Columbia. In the 1980s she worked for Missouri State Parks, and one of her tasks was to document buildings and structures ...

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Ryan Stone

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pp. 163-172

Ryan Stone grew up in Licking, Missouri, and is the author of the short story collection Best Road Yet (Press 53, 2010). His stories have appeared widely in publications such as The Madison Review, The South Carolina Review, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, ...

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Jo Van Arkel

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pp. 173-182

Jo Beth (Walker) Van Arkel was born in Kansas City and within two weeks of her birth shuttled down to the Ozarks to be in the company of all of her relatives, living and dead. Her mother hailed from Hog Eye, otherwise known as Charity, Missouri. ...

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James Whitehead

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pp. 183-185

In 1965, James T. Whitehead (1936–2003) and his friend, William Harrison, founded the nationally prestigious Creative Writing Program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He taught in that program for the next thirtyfour years, from 1965 to 1999. ...

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Miller Williams

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pp. 186-187

Miller Williams is the author, editor, or translator of thirty-four books, including fourteen volumes of poetry, Patterns of Poetry: An Encyclopedia of Forms, and Making a Poem: Some Thoughts about Poetry and the People Who Write it. Among his many honors are the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship in Poetry from Harvard University, ...

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Daniel Woodrell

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pp. 188-201

Daniel Woodrell is the author of eight novels and one collection of short stories. His books are published in more than fifteen languages around the world. Two of his novels have been developed into films, Ride With the Devil, and Winter’s Bone, which won the 2010 Sundance Best Film Award ...

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Steve Yates

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pp. 202-210

Born and reared in Springfield, Missouri, Steve Yates is an MFA graduate from the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas. He is the winner of the 2012 Juniper Prize for Fiction, and in 2013 the University of Massachusetts Press will publish his short story collection, Some Kinds of Love. ...

Acknowledgments

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pp. 211-214


E-ISBN-13: 9781610755238
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557286314

Page Count: 165
Publication Year: 2013

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