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.
“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.”
My poem, “Trestle,” will appear in a 2017 edition of Tar River Poetry.
TRP, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, has published work by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as well as Pulitzer winners Sharon Olds and Claudia Emerson.
My poem, “Formative,” will appear in a future edition of the Irish literary journal Southword. Published by The Munster Literature Centre, Southword has previously featured works by Billy Collins, Colm Toibín, Sinéad Morrissey, and Haruki Murakami.
My poem, “Cover Us With Mountains,” will be in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue (#43.3-4) of Appalachian Journal, which just went to print last week.
Appalachian Journal, which has also featured Ron Rash and Roxane Gay, is the interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, academic, cultural, literary and “regional studies” journal of Appalachian State University. The journal is the perfect placement for my poem, which was inspired by events surrounding the 2014 Elk River, WV Chemical Spill and Water Crisis.