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LISTEN HERE: WOMEN WRITING IN APPALACHIA

Thematic Table of Contents

May 2004

Sandra L. Ballard and Patricia L. Hudson, eds. Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003.


REMEMBERING CHILDHOOD, GROWING UP

LISA ALTHER
from Five Minutes in Heaven

SYLVIA TRENT AUXIER
“Cicada’s Song”

ANN COBB
“The Boy”

LOU CRABTREE
“Homer-Snake”

ANN DEAGON
“The Hole”

DENISE GIARDINA
from Storming Heaven

NIKKI GIOVANNI
“Knoxville, Tennessee”

CONNIE JORDAN GREEN
from The War at Home

VIRGINIA HAMILTON
from M.C. Higgins, The Great

BARBARA KINGSOLVER
from The Bean Trees

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“Music”

KAREN MCELMURRAY
from Mother of the Disappeared

HEATHER ROSS MILLER
from The Edge of the Woods
“Seventh Grades”

MARIJO MOORE
“Rumors”

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS
from Machine Dreams

LYNN POWELL
“The Calling”

RITA QUILLEN
“Discovered”

ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS
from The Time of Man

CYNTHIA RYLANT
from Missing May

ELLEN HARVEY SHOWELL
from Our Mountain

LEIGH ALLISON WILSON
from “The Raising”

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LIVING IN A BODY: BODY IMAGES

MARILOU AWIAKTA
“Anorexia Bulimia Speaks from the Grave”

LISA COFFMAN
“About the Pelvis”

ANN DEAGON
“Twins”

ANGELYN DEBORD
from Praise House

HILDA DOWNER
“A woman is segmented as an ant”

DENISE GIARDINA
from Storming Heaven

PAULETTA HANSEL
“She”

LINDA PARSONS MARION
“To My Daughter Going Off to College”
“Welcome to the Other Side”

JANICE TOWNLEY MOORE
“The Way Back”

RITA QUILLEN
“I Used To Be a Teacup”

DANA WILDSMITH
“Our Bodies Remember”

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KEEPING A SENSE OF HUMOR

SHEILA KAY ADAMS
“The Easter Frock”

DOROTHY ALLISON
from Bastard Out of Carolina

JO CARSON
from Daytrips

AMY TIPTON CORTNER
“The Hillbilly Vampire”
“The Vampire Ethnographer”

ANN DEAGON
“Twins” & Broadside

MARY HODGES
“Ms. Ida Mae”

LEE HOWARD
“The Last Unmined Vein”

BARBARA KINGSOLVER
from The Bean Trees

LISA KOGER
from “Extended Learning”

LILY MAY LEDFORD
from Coon Creek Girl

BELINDA ANN MASON
Gifts of the Spirit

MARY NOAILLES MURFREE
from In the Tennessee Mountains

ANNE NEWPORT ROYALL
from Sketches of History, Life, and Manners...

ANNE SHELBY
“Why I Write”
“Fat Sestina”
“Spellcheck”

LEE SMITH
from Saving Grace

ADRIANA TRIGIANI
from Big Stone Gap

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LIVING AT HOME: MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

DOROTHY ALLISON
from Bastard Out of Carolina

HARRIETTE ARNOW
“First Ride”

FLORENCE COPE BUSH
from Dorie: Woman of the Mountains

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Lineage” & “Bittersweet”

JO CARSON
“The day I married...”
from Daytrips

ANGELYN DEBORD
from Praise House

NIKKY FINNEY
“Irons at Her Feet”

LUCY FURMAN
from Sight to the Blind

PAULETTA HANSEL
“To her mother, lying in state”

LEE HOWARD
“Momma’s Letter”

JANE WILSON JOYCE
“Hooked Album Quilt, 1870”

LEATHA KENDRICK
from “No Place Like Home”

BARBARA KINGSOLVER
from The Bean Trees

LINDA PARSONS MARION
“To My Daughter Going Off to College”
“Welcome To the Other Side”

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS
from Machine Dreams

BARBARA PRESNELL
“In The Kitchen We String Beans”

RITA QUILLEN
“JULY 18, 1966”

BETSY SHOLL
“Appalachian Winter”

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LIVING AT HOME: FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Easter”

EDITH SUMMERS KELLEY
from Weeds

LEATHA KENDRICK
“Refusing a Spinal”

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“The Hollow” & “Music”

LOUISE MCNEILL
“Hill Daughter”

JANICE TOWNLEY MOORE
“All Those Nights”

BETTIE SELLERS
“Pink”

BENNIE LEE SINCLAIR
“My Father, His Rabbits”

VERNA MAE SLONE
from What My Heart Wants to Tell

JANE STUART
from Transparencies

DANA WILDSMITH
“Force”

SYLVIA WILKINSON
from Shadow of the Mountain

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MAKING FRIENDS

LISA ALTHER
from Five Minutes in Heaven

LOLETTA CLOUSE
from Wilder

NIKKY FINNEY
“Queen Ida’s Hair-Doing House of Waves”

DENISE GIARDINA
from The Unquiet Earth

GAIL GODWIN
from A Southern Family

CATHERINE LANDIS
from Some Days There’s Pie

LINDA PARSONS MARION
“Good Luck Charm”

CATHERINE MARSHALL
from Christy

JEANNE MCDONALD
from “Up the Hill Toward Home”

BETTIE SELLERS
“Legacy for Rachel”

ELLEN HARVEY SHOWELL
from Our Mountain

ADRIANA TRIGIANI
from Big Stone Gap

SYLVIA WILKINSON
from Shadow of the Mountain

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SHAPING IDENTITY: INSIDERS & OUTSIDERS

AMY TIPTON CORTNER
“The Hillbilly Vampire”
“The Vampire Ethnographer”

MURIEL DRESSLER
“Appalachia”

CORRA M. HARRIS
from A Circuit Rider’s Wife

MILDRED HAUN
from “The Hawk’s Done Gone”

SHARYN MCCRUMB
from The Songcatcher

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“The Hollow”

MARIJO MOORE
“Rumors”

BARBARA PRESNELL
“Clarissa and the Second Coming”

BETSY SHOLL
“Appalachian Winter”

MEREDITH SUE WILLIS
“My Boy Elroy”

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LIVING WITH HISTORY, LEARNING OUR HERITAGE

MAGGIE ANDERSON
“Long Story”
“A Place Filled with Promise”

MARILOU AWIAKTA
from Selu

REBECCA CAUDILL
from My Appalachia

ANN COBB
“Kivers” & “The Widow Man”

AMY TIPTON CORTNER
“No Minority”

ANNIE DILLARD
from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

MURIEL MILLER DRESSLER
“Appalachia”

SIDNEY SAYLOR FARR
from More Than Moonshine

DENISE GIARDINA
from The Unquiet Earth

CONNIE JORDAN GREEN
from The War at Home

ELLESA CLAY HIGH
from Past Titan Rock

MARY JOHNSTON
from The Long Roll

MARY HARRIS “MOTHER” JONES
from The Autobiography of Mother Jones

LILY MAY LEDFORD
from Coon Creek Girl

GEORGE ELLA LYON
“where I’m from”
“Rings”

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“For My Grandmother Who Knows How”
“The Hollow”

LOUISE MCNEILL
from Milkweed Ladies

MARIJO MOORE
“Rumors”

ANNE NEWPORT ROYALL
from Sketches of History...

EMMA BELL MILES
from The Spirit of the Mountains

MARY LEE SETTLE
from The Killing Ground
from Addie

BENNIE LEE SINCLAIR
“Homecoming”

EFFIE WALLER SMITH
“Memories of Home”

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PASSING IT ON: FOLKWAYS/TRADITIONS

HARRIETTE ARNOW
from Seedtime on the Cumberland

FLORENCE COPE BUSH
from Dorie, Woman of the Mountains

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Wildwood Flower”

JO CARSON
“The day I married...”
“I am asking you to come back home”

ANN COBB “Kivers”

SIDNEY SAYLOR FARR
from More than Moonshine
“Granny Brock”

GLORIA HOUSTON
“My Great Aunt Arizona”

NIKKY GIOVANNI
“Griots”

JANE WILSON JOYCE
“Hooked Album Quilt, 1870”

MAY JUSTUS
“Weather Rhymes”

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“For My Grandmother Who Knows How”

JANE MERCHANT
“Lanterns and Lamps”
“First Plowing in the Hills”

MARIJO MOORE
“Story is a Woman” (shaped poem)

MARY NOAILLES MURFREE
from In the Tennessee Mountains

BARBARA PRESNELL
“In the Kitchen We String Beans”

JEAN RITCHIE
from Singing Family of the Cumberlands

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COURTING, LOVE, LUST

LOLETTA CLOUSE
from Wilder

ANNE DEAGON
Broadside

DENISE GIARDINA
from The Unquiet Earth

LINDA PARSONS MARION
“Good Luck Charm”

TRUDA WILLIAMS MCCOY
from The McCoys

RITA QUILLEN
“Discovered”

BETTIE SELLERS
“Mornings, Sheba Combs Her Hair”
“Morning of the Red-Tailed Hawk”

BENNIE LEE SINCLAIR
“Homecoming”

DANA WILDSMITH
“Our Bodies Remember”

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BEING IN A MARRIAGE

ANNE ARMSTRONG
from This Day and Time

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Wildwood Flower”

JO CARSON
from “Maybe”

LOU CRABTREE
“Sports Widow”

OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN
from Call Home the Heart

MILDRED HAUN
from “The Hawk’s Done Gone”

MARY HODGES
“Ms. Ida Mae”

GEORGE ELLA LYON
“Rings”

BELINDA ANN MASON
Gifts of the Spirit

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“Music”

MURIEL EARLEY SHEPPARD
from Cabins in the Laurel

LOUISE MCNEILL
“The Other Woman”

DANA WILDSMITH
“Economy”
“A Dry Spring”
“Our Bodies Remember”

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MOTHERING

HARRIETTE ARNOW
from Hunter’s Horn
“First Ride”

SUE ELLEN BRIDGERS
from Sara Will

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Bittersweet”

LILLIE D. CHAFFIN
“Second Christmas”
“Spending the Night” & “Discipline”

OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN
from Call Home the Heart

ANN DEAGON
“Giving the Sun”

HILDA DOWNER
“Every open space fills with sky”

WILMA DYKEMAN
from The French Broad

LEATHA KENDRICK
from “No Place Like Home”

BARBARA KINGSOLVER
from The Bean Trees

LISA KOGER
from “Extended Learning”

GRACE LUMPKIN
from To Make My Bread

KAREN MCELMURRAY
from Mother of the Disappeared

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“Many Waters”
“Mother’s Milking”

LOUISE MCNEILL
“Aubade to Fear (Heavy with Child)”

HEATHER ROSS MILLER
“Breadstuff”

JANICE TOWNLEY MOORE
“The Way Back”

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS
from Motherkind

LYNN POWELL
“Nativity” & “Echocardiogram”

BARBARA PRESNELL
“When You Lose a Child”
“Clarissa and the Second Coming”

RITA QUILLEN
“Woman Writer”

BETTIE SELLERS
“Pink”

BENNIE LEE SINCLAIR
“Kathy”

BARBARA SMITH
“And This is The Way To Be Poor”

MEREDITH SUE WILLIS
“My Boy Elroy”

LEIGH ALLISON WILSON
from “The Raising”

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WORKING

SYLVIA AUXIER
“When Grandmother Wept”

MAGGIE ANDERSON
“Sonnet for Her Labor”

ANNE ARMSTRONG
from This Day and Time

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Wildwood Flower”

OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN
from Call Home the Heart

WILMA DYKEMAN
from Return the Innocent Earth

SARAH BARNWELL ELLIOTT
from The Durkett Sperret

SIDNEY SAYLOR FARR
from More Than Moonshine

NIKKY FINNEY
“Queen Ida’s Hair-Doing House of Waves”

GEORGE ELLA LYON
“Salvation”

LILY MAY LEDFORD
from Coon Creek Girl

HEATHER ROSS MILLER
“Breadstuff”

BARBARA PRESNELL
“In The Kitchen We String Beans”

ANNE NEWPORT ROYALL
from Sketches of History, Life, and Manners...

BETTIE SELLERS
“Legacy for Rachel”
“Liza’s Monday”

MARY LEE SETTLE
from Addie

BARBARA SMITH
“And This is The Way To Be Poor”

ARIANA TRIGIANI
from Big Stone Gap

DANA WILDSMITH
“New Poor”

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SHAKING THINGS UP: BEING AN ACTIVIST

MARILOU AWIAKTA
“Anorexia Bulimia Speaks from the Grave”
from Selu

ARTIE ANN BATES
“Belinda, Our Tremendous Gift”

CANDIE CARAWAN
from Song for Freedom

LOLETTA CLOUSE
from Wilder

LISA COFFMAN
“In Envy of Migration”
“Maps”

DORIS DAVENPORT
“Country”
“for Dr. Josefina Garcia & the ‘Tissue Committee’” & “zora neale”

REBECCA HARDING DAVIS
from Life in the Iron Mills

DENISE GIARDINA
from Storming Heaven

NIKKI GIOVANNI
“Revolutionary Dreams”

LEE HOWARD
“The Last Unmined Vein”

MARY HARRIS “MOTHER” JONES
from The Autobiography of Mother Jones

GEORGE ELLA LYON
from With a Hammer for My Heart

IRENE MCKINNEY
“Twilight in West Virginia...”
“Deep Mining”

MARY LEE SETTLE
from Addie

BARBARA SMITH
“And This is The Way To Be Poor”

MARY ELIZABETH WITHERSPOON
from The Morning Cool

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GAINING STRENGTH, SELF-CONFIDENCE

SYLVIA TRENT AUXIER
“When Grandmother Wept”

MARILOU AWIAKTA
from Selu
Out of Ashes Peace Will Rise

ARTIE ANN BATES
“Belinda, Our Tremendous Gift”

FLORENCE COPE BUSH
from Dorie: Woman of the Mountains

CANDIE CARAWAN
from Song for Freedom

ANN DEAGON
Broadside

NIKKY FINNEY
from “Queen Ida’s Hair-Doing ...”
“Irons at Her Feet”

MARIJO MOORE
“Story is a Woman” (shaped poem)
“Solidarity in the Night”

EMMA BELL MILES
from The Spirit of the Mountains

RITA QUILLEN
“I Used To Be A Teacup”

ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS
from The Time of Man

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DECLARING INDEPENDENCE

HARRIETTE ARNOW
“First Ride”

SYLVIA TRENT AUXIER
“Neighbors”

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Easter”
“Mountain Time”

DORIS DAVENPORT
“for Dr. Josefina Garcia ...”

ANGELYN DEBORD
from Praise House

SARAH BARNWELL ELLIOTT
from The Durkett Sperret

NIKKI GIOVANNI
“Revolutionary Dreams”

PAULETTA HANSEL
“She”

CORRA HARRIS
from A Circuit Rider’s Wife

MILDRED HAUN
from “The Hawk’s Done Gone”

LEATHA KENDRICK
“The Familiar Level”
“Refusing a Spinal”

BARBARA KINGSOLVER
from The Bean Trees

LILY MAY LEDFORD
from Coon Creek Girl

EMMA BELL MILES
from The Spirit of the Mountains

ANNE NEWPORT ROYALL
from Sketches of History, Life...

SYLVIA WILKINSON
from Shadow of the Mountain

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LIVING IN THIS WORLD: NATURE / ENVIRONMENT

MAGGIE ANDERSON
“Long Story”
“A Place Filled with Promise”

HARRIETTE ARNOW
“First Ride”

SYLVIA TRENT AUXIER
“Cicada’s Song”

MARILOU AWIAKTA
When Earth Becomes an ‘It’

LILLIE D. CHAFFIN
“The Glad Gardener”

LISA COFFMAN
“Tick”

LOU CRABTREE
“Homer-Snake”

ANNIE DILLARD
from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

HILDA DOWNER
“This is what history is”

MURIEL MILLER DRESSLER
“Elegy for Jody”

WILMA DYKEMAN
from Return the Innocent Earth
from The French Broad

SIDNEY SAYLOR FARR
“Mountains Fill Up the Night”
“Appalachia, Where are your Hills?”

JANICE HOLT GILES
from Hannah Fowler

ELLESA CLAY HIGH
from Past Titan Rock

LEE HOWARD
“The Last Unmined Vein”

JANE WILSON JOYCE
“Life and Art in East Tennessee”

BARBARA KINGSOLVER
from Prodigal Summer

LINDA PARSONS MARION
“Mulberries”

KATHY L. MAY
“Rain”

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“Many Waters”

LOUISE MCNEILL
“Arrow Grasses by Greenbrier River”

EMMA BELL MILES
from The Spirit of the Mountains

JANE MERCHANT
“First Plowing in the Hills”

JANICE TOWNLEY MOORE
“Under the Earth”

MARY NOAILLES MURFREE
from In the Tennessee Mountains

ELAINE FOWLER PALENCIA
“Briers”

BARBARA PRESNELL
“Snake Dreams”

ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS
from The Time of Man

BETTIE SELLERS
“Liza’s Monday”
“Morning of the Red-Tailed Hawk”

BENNIE LEE SINCLAIR
“Backwoods Haiku”

ELLEN HARVEY SHOWELL
from Our Mountain

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PRACTICING RELIGION

FRANCES COURTENAY BAYLOR
from Behind the Blue Ridge

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Easter”

WILMA DYKEMAN
from The French Broad

LUCY FURMAN
from Sight to the Blind

CORRA HARRIS
from A Circuit Rider’s Wife

GEORGE ELLA LYON
“Salvation”
from With a Hammer for My Heart

BELINDA ANN MASON
Gifts of the Spirit

KATHY L. MAY
“Saved” & “Ascension”

HEATHER ROSS MILLER
from The Edge of the Woods

LYNN POWELL
“Nativity”
“Echocardiogram” & “The Calling”

BETTIE SELLERS
“Morning of the Red-Tailed Hawk”

LEE SMITH
from Saving Grace

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WRITING / ART

MAGGIE ANDERSON
“Ontological”

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Mountain Time”

REBECCA HARDING DAVIS
from Life in the Iron Mills

ANN DEAGON
“Poetics South”

NIKKI GIOVANNI
“A Poem Off Center”

PAULETTA HANSEL
“Writing Lessons”
“Writing Lessons II”

EDITH SUMMERS KELLEY
from Weeds

LEATHA KENDRICK
from “No Place Like Home”

GEORGE ELLA LYON
“A Growing Light”

IRENE MCKINNEY
“The Only Portrait of Emily Dickinson”

RITA QUILLEN
“Woman Writer”

JANE STUART
“Composition”

BENNIE LEE SINCLAIR
“Backwoods Haiku”

ANNE SHELBY
“Why I Write”
“Fat Sestina”
“Spellcheck”

BARBARA SMITH
“The Language of Poetry”

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BEING A GRANDPARENT

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
“Lineage”

SIDNEY FARR
“Granny Brock”

NIKKI GIOVANNI
“Griots”

LISA KOGER
from “Extended Learning”

HEATHER ROSS MILLER
from The Edge of the Woods

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MEDITATIONS ON LOSS, SADNESS, HOMESICKNESS / COPING WITH DEATH

SYLVIA TRENT AUXIER
“Some Day in a Wood” & “The Stair”

MARILOU AWIAKTA
“Women Die Like Trees”

ARTIE ANN BATES
“Belinda, Our Tremendous Gift”

JO CARSON
“I’m asking you to come back home...”
from Daytrips

LISA COFFMAN
“In Envy of Migration”

ANN DEAGON
“In A Time of Drought”

WILMA DYKEMAN
Return the Innocent Earth

PAULETTA HANSEL
“To her mother, lying in state”

MILDRED HAUN
from “The Hawk’s Done Gone”

LEE HOWARD
“The Last Unmined Vein”

LILY MAY LEDFORD
from Coon Creek Girl

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN
“The Hollow”

IRENE MCKINNEY
“Visiting My Gravesite...”

JANICE TOWNLEY MOORE
“The Way Back”

BARBARA PRESNELL
“When You Lose a Child”

RITA QUILLEN
“How Do You Remember Him?”

CYNTHIA RYLANT
from Missing May

BETTIE SELLERS
“All on a Summer’s Afternoon”

MURIEL SHEPPARD
from Cabins in the Laurel

VERNA MAE SLONE
from What My Heart Wants to Tell

JANE STUART
from Transparencies
“Where Stuarts Lie”
“Roots”
“Cycles”

BARBARA SMITH
“Bad News”

MARY ELIZABETH WITHERSPOON
from The Morning Cool


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