Some Chief Appalachian Poets
(Please add suggestions to this partial list by contacting
Larry Smith of Bottom Dog Press at Lsmithdog@aol.com
Thanks to Edwina Pendarvis for help with this list; it's in development
We are listing those from Appalachia who either by reputation or publication
of a full book of poetry set in Appalachia should be noted.)
Maggie Anderson, Cold Comfort; A Space Filled with Moving; Windfall: New and Selected Poems.
Marilou Awiakta, Abiding Appalachia:Where Mountain and Atom Meet.
Bob Henry Baber, George Ella Lyon and Gurney Norman. Old Wounds, New Words: Poems from the Appalachian Poetry Project.
Laura Treacy Bentley, The Lake Effect
Wendell Berry, Collected Poems; Leavings; A Timber Choir: The Sabbath Poems;
The Country of Marriage; Given: New Poems; The Mad Farmer Poems; A Part.
Kathryn Stripling Byer, Black Shawl: Poems.
Jeanne Bryner, Blind Horse; No Matter How Many Windows.
Jo Carson, Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet.
Fred Chappell, Shadow Box: Poems, First and Last Words.
Victor Depta, The Silence of Blackberries, An Afterthought of Light.
Nikky Finney, Rice.
Diane Gilliam Fisher, Kettle Bottom; One of Everything.
Nikki Giovanni, Black Feeling Black Talk; Gemini; Racism 101; Sacred Cows …and Other Edibles; Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni; Spin a Soft Black Song .
James B Goode. Up from the Mines.
Chris Green, Rushlight: Poems.
Richard Hague, Ripe, Alive in Hard Country.
Ron Houchin, Museum Crows.
David Huddle, Grayscale; Summer Lake; Glory River.
Don Johnson, Here and Gone: Selected Poems.
George Ella Lyon, Catalpa.
Jeff Daniel Marion, Father; Ebbing and Flowing Springs.
Linda Parsons Marion, Home Fires and Mother Land
John McKernan, Resurrection of Dust.
Llewellyn McKernan, Short and imple Annals, Many Rivers.
Irene McKinney, Vivid Companion; Quick Fire, Slow Fire; Six O’clock Mine Report.
Louise McNiell, Eldeberry Flood; Hill Daughter; Paradox Hill.
Jim Wayne Miller, Dialogue with a Dead Man; The Mountains Have Come Closer; Nostalgia for 70; Vein of Words.
Felicia Mitchell, Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women's Poetry.
Robert Morgan, The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems.
Edwina Pendarvis, Like the Mountains of China.
Lynn Powell, Old & New Testaments; The Zones of Paradise.
Effie Waller Smith. The Collected Works of Effie Waller Smith..
Larry Smith, Milldust and Roses; A River Remains.
R.T. Smith, Split the Lark: Selected Poems; Outlaw Style.
Philip St. Clair, Divided House.
James Still, From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Selected Poems
Art Stringer, Human Comedy.
Jesse Stuart, Album of Destiny; Hold April: New Poems; Man with a Bull-Tongue Plow; The World of Jesse Stuart; Selected Poems.
Dana Wildsmith, One Good Hand.
Jonathan Williams, Blues & Roots, Rue & Bluets: A Garland for the Southern Appalachians.
Marianne Worthington, Larger Bodies than Ours.
Charles Wright, Appalachia; Scar Tissue; Buffalo Yoga; A Short History of the Shadow.
For more detailed listings go to: http://smithdocs.net/SomeAppalachianPoets.html
Causes Larry Smith Supports
peace and justice, meditation