Biding My Time

Goodness me, I’ve been quiet on here for too long. My kids are out of school and staying up later with the sun, which leaves me less time for writing. But I’m happy to report that I did get to go back down south and get my visit out for the time being. My husband … Continue reading Biding My Time

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A Mad Dash on Memorial Day

For years I’ve been whining about how I haven’t been able to go home to West Virginia for Memorial Day. Well, this year I set my mind to it—and I guess the Lord was willing and the creek didn’t rise—and I got there. My youngest son and I left early on Friday morning and made … Continue reading A Mad Dash on Memorial Day

Review of Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks

I was introduced to bell hooks' work more than a decade ago. I immediately found myself falling into conversation with her. Her writing is frank and accessible, yet intellectually rigorous—those kinds of writers are few and far between in literary theory classes. First I became interested in her older, overtly Black Feminist work. Then I … Continue reading Review of Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks

Review: Looking for Ireland by Laura Treacy Bentley

Looking for Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage by Laura Treacy Bentley (Mountain State Press, 2017) is a beautiful collection of poetry inspired by travels to Ireland. The short poems are coupled with photographs the author took while visiting Ireland, or while in West Virginia and Maryland. At a recent family gathering we passed the book around, … Continue reading Review: Looking for Ireland by Laura Treacy Bentley