Poetry in Southword Now Available

My poem, “Formative,” is featured in the new issue of Southword, the Irish literary journal published by The Munster Literature Centre. The issue also includes a poem by Irish poet and TS Eliot Prize winner Sinéad Morrissey.



Poetry in Appalachian Journal Now Available

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue (#43.3-4) of Appalachian Journal featuring my poem “Cover Us With Mountains,” is now available for purchase from Appalachian State University. Issues of the journal are also archived and publicly available at the Kanawha County Public Library and the WV Library Commission at the WV Culture Center.


Appalachian Journal is Appalachian State University’s interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, academic, cultural, literary and “regional studies” journal. The journal has also featured work by Ron Rash and Roxane Gay.

My poem, “Cover Us With Mountains,” was inspired by events surrounding the 2014 Elk River, WV chemical spill and subsequent water crisis.

Quoted by WV State Folklorist

“As West Virginia writer V.C. McCabe put it, her hometown hot dog stand was a ‘building of memories.’”
Southern Foodways Article by Emily Hilliard, WV State Folklorist


My full answer to her question about why hot dog stands are so beloved in WV was:

“comfort food, nostalgic of family picnics, and are community hubs for the same reason, tradition and good memories. Kids take their kids, etc. For example, until the flood Clendenin DQ provided first hotdogs, first dates, and first jobs for 60 yrs. A building of memories.”