Bio & Biblio


V.C. McCabe is an Appalachian poet and the author of Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019). Her work has been featured in exhibits and journals worldwide, including Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, The Minnesota Review, Appalachian Heritage, and Tar River Poetry.


Twitter: @vcmpoetry
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Email (for Editors only): vcmpoetry[AT]gmail[DOT]com


Forthcoming Publications:

Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot Book (print, Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, September 24, 2019)

Prairie Schooner: “Silver Roses” Book Review (online, tba)

Undeniable: Writers Respond to Climate Change Anthology & Luminaire Award Nominee (Alternating Current Press): “Watershed” (print, tba)

Riggwelter: “Induction” (online, October, 2019)

Flock: “The Dead” haiku review (print, tba)

Let It Fly Anthology: “Miss America” and “The Human Tree” (print, tba)

Daddy Anthology (Grey Borders Books): “Not Far from the Tree”; “The Hollow Man”; “The Carving Block”; “M.I.A.”; and “The Nocturnal Dance” (print, 2020)


Potomac Review: “Solastalgia” (print, August, 2019)

Still: “Baptism by Fire” (online, June, 2019)

Travelin’ Appalachians Revue Zine: “The Old Toot-N-Tellem” (limited edition print, June, 2019)

Cento Challenge: quote from “Shadowbox” (online, June, 2019)

The Minnesota Review: “Ship of Theseus” (online & print, Issue 92, Spring 2019)

The Maine Review: “In Search of a Karass” (print, Issue 5.1, 2019)

The Hellebore: “Shadowbox” (online, Spring 2019)

The Indianapolis Review: “Judgement” (online, Spring 2019)

Women Speak: “Night Garden” (print & FRANK Gallery exhibit, March 2019)

Euphony: “Non-conformist Northern Flicker” (online & print, Winter, 2019)

The New Southern Fugitives: “Lessons in Mining” and “Bonfires” (online, February 2019)

Glass Poetry Chapbook Series Finalist: danse macabre Chapbook (2019)

Barnhouse: “Give the Bard a Hep A Shot” (online & print, January 2019)

Barren Magazine: “Flood Diorama” (online, January, 2019)


America’s Emerging Poets 2018 Southeast Region Anthology (Z Publishing): “Country Roads” (print, December, 2018)

Minola Review: “Hunting Ground” (online, December 2018)

So It Goes (Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, IN): “Ism” (print, Issue 7, Fall 2018)

Five:2:One: “Fire-tongued Labyrinth” and “Fresco Inamorata” (online, Fall 2018)

Queen Mob’s Teahouse: “House of Horrors” poetic sequence (online, 2018)

Entropy: “Hell’s Gate”; “Birds of Prey”; “Broken Wing Act”; and “Tilt-A-Whirl” (online & online, 2018)

Barzakh: “Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot” (online, 2018)

Looking at Appalachia: “For Want of an Ark” (online, 2018)

Crack the Spine anthology: “Driftwood” (print, 2018)

White Ash Literary Journal: “Formative” (print, #7 Thriving, 2018)

Bone & Ink Press Chapbook Series Finalist (2018)


Tar River Poetry: “Trestle” (print, Spring, 2017)

Southword: “Formative” (online, 2017)

Appalachian Heritage: “The Parting Glass” and “Seafarers” (print & online, Volume 45, Number 1, Winter 2017)

Rust + Moth: “The Snow Angel (L’Ange de Neige)” (print & online, 2017)


Spillway: “Snow Cream” (print, #24, Seasons, June, 2016)

Big Muddy: “The Stone Age” (print, Volume 16.2)

The Cape Rock: “The Ethics of Horses” (print, Volume 44.1&44.2, Fall, 2016)

Poet Lore: “No Trespassing” (print, Volume 111, Number 1/2, Spring/Summer 2016)

Appalachian Journal: “Cover Us With Mountains” (print, Volume 43 No 34, Spring/Summer, 2016)

Somos (Brown University): “Border (Frontera)”; “The Bullfighter & the Empress”; “The Hunter’s Trap” (print & online”, Spring, 2016)

The Galway Review: “Avaricious Symbiosis”; “Colosseum”; “Midnight in Waterford”; “Crossroads”; and “Kylemore Abbey” ( “online, 2016)

Firewords Quarterly: “Hibernation” (print, Issue 7, Dark/Light, 2016)

Coldfront: “The Way We Look at Horses” Music Review (online, 2016)

From the Depths (Haunted Waters Press): “The Farm” and “First Date” (Penny Fiction Contest Runnerup) (print & online, Issue 13, 2016)

Dirty Chai: “Idyll” (print, Living Color, 2016)

Delirious Anthology (Nightballet Press): “No Atlas” (print, 2016)

Prince Tribute Anthology (Yellow Chair Press): “His Orchestra” (print, 2016)


RAINN Benefit Album: “Gargoyles” (audio, 2015)

Gray Wolf Press: Katie Ford “Blood Lyrics” Book Review (blurb online, 2014)

Simon & Schuster: “Beatles vs. Stones” Book Review (print, 2013)

University of Maryland: Review Cited as “Excellent Example of Critical Writing” (print & lecture, 2008)

No Depression: Various Music Reviews (online, 2008)

The Charleston Gazette: Various Concert and Theatre Reviews (print, 2009-Present)

SunOasis: “Arrival Gate” and “Clandestine” (online, 2004)

The Pedestal: “Democratic Pomp” and “No Patriot Here” (online, 2004)

LYNX: Various Haikus and Tankas (online, 2004)

Eye Candy: “Amber Glass Father” (print, 2004)

Bohème: “Heir” and “Daemon” (online, 2004)

Color Wheel: “Arrival Gate” (print, 2004)

ink!: “Clandestine” (print, 2004)

The Beat: “Arrival Gate” and “Glendalough” (online, 2004)

Labyrinth (Meeting of the Minds Press): “Glendalough”; “Arrival Gate”; “Clandestine”; “Infinite”; “Kamikaze”; and “The Evening News” (print & online – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 5, 2004)

Falling Star: “Glendalough” (print, 2004)

Muruch: Various Music Reviews (online, 2000-Present)

-Reviews for Various Other Publishers, Record Labels, Artists, PR Agents, and Websites, including Harper Collins, Sony, Universal, EMI, Columbia Records, The Smithsonian’s Folkways Recordings, WV Symphony, and Mountain Stage.

-Quotes and Links in The Guardian, VH1’s Best Week Ever Blog, Toronto Star newspaper, The Telegram newspaper, MSN’s Money Central Blog, Woodstock Film Festival, Various Artist Websites, Press Releases, and Wikipedia pages. (2000-2015)

All original poetry, writing, and artwork posted directly to this website are © 2019 V. C. McCabe – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED – and may not be posted elsewhere without my permission.

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