Maggie Anderson has published five poetry collections: Cold Comfort, The Great Horned Owl, A Space Filled with Moving, Years that Answer, and Windfall. She co-edited A Gathering of Poets with Alex Gidzen and edited and wrote the introduction to Louise McNeill's Hill Daughter: New and Selected Poems, which significantly helped to revitalize McNeill's work for future generations. Anderson currently lives and works in West Virginia.
Darnell Arnoult is the writer-in-residence and co-director of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. She is also co-editor of the literary magazine Drafthorse. Arnoult is the prize-winning author of the poetry collections Galaxie Wagon and What Travels With Us and the novel Sufficient Grace. Her work has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Asheville Poetry Review, Nantahala Review, and Southwest Review.
Harriette Simpson Arnow is the author of the acclaimed novels Hunter's Horn, Mountain Path, Between the Flowers, and The Dollmaker, which is widely considered to be her masterpiece and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her other published works included Seedtime on the Cumberland, Flowering of the Cumberland, Old Burnside, The Weedkiller's Daughter, and The Kentucky Trace. She died on March 22, 1986.
Sandra Ballard is the editor of Appalachian Journal, a peer-reviewed scholarly quarterly founded in 1972. She is the author of essays and reviews in American literature and has written introductions to editions of Harriette Simpson Arnow's books. With Patricia L. Hudson, she co-edited the anthology Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia (2003), and she has co-edited The Collected Short Stories of Harriette Simpson Arnow (2005). She received the Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award from the Appalachian Writers Association (2007) and the Educational Service to Appalachia Award from Carson-Newman College (2011).
Essayist, novelist, poet, cultural critic, environmentalist, and farmer Wendell Berry has written more than forty books. The recipient of the National Humanities Medal, he lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya, and their children and grandchildren. [End Page 150]
Kathryn Stripling Byer was the author of six collections of poetry and The Vishnu Bird, a chapbook released in 2015. She served as North Carolina's fifth poet laureate from 2005-2009, and received the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance award and the North Carolina Book Award for poetry. She lived beside the Tuckasegee River in the North Carolina mountains, and died on June 5, 2017.
Amy Clark's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, NPR, Still, Appalachian Heritage, Blue Ridge Country, Appalachian Journal, and many others. Her co-edited book, Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community, was used as a dialect resource for actors during the filming of Big Stone Gap, a movie adaptation of Adriana Trigiani's novel of the same title.
Pamela Duncan is the author of three novels: Moon Women, Plant Life, and The Big Beautiful. Her awards include the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize, and in 2000 she was chosen as one of the Ten Best Emerging Writers in the South. The recipient of the Lee Smith Award, she teaches at Western Carolina University.
Wilma Dykeman was a novelist, historian, journalist, educator, speaker, and environmentalist who pioneered in the areas of water pollution, civil rights, oral history, Appalachian Studies, and the empowerment of women. Author of the classic Appalachian novel The Tall Woman, her posthumous memoir Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood was published in 2016. Dykeman died December 22, 2006.
Jesse Graves is the author of two poetry collections, including the recently released Basin Ghosts, and Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, which won the Weatherford Award, the Appalachian Writers' Association Book of the Year in Poetry, and the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award. He is a native of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, and teaches at East Tennessee State University.
Richard Hague's prose has appeared in his collections Milltown Natural: Essays & Stories From a Life; Learning How: Stories, Yarns, & Tales; and Lives of the Poem: Community & Connection in a Writing Life, as well as in Creative Nonfiction, Appalachian Journal, Now & Then, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, and several anthologies. He received the 2012 Weatherford Award in...