Appalachian Writing Series Catalog/ Bottom Dog Press
She Who Is Like a Mare: Poems of Mary Breckenridge and the
Frontier Nursing Service by Karen Kotrba
"The skillfully rendered dramatic monologues of Karen Kotrba’s She
Who is Like a Mare document the remarkable history of the Frontier
Nursing Service in eastern Kentucky in the early twentieth century...
She has brought to light a little known piece of women’s history--a
story of cunning, courage, and caring- and has done so with
unforgettable imagery, beautiful music, and love."  ~Maggie Anderson  

96 pgs. $16
The Free Farm: A Novel  by Larry Smith
"Forbidden love. Counter-culture. The shadow of Vietnam. Sexual
revolution. Social unrest. Marijuana and LSD. In this intriguing
coming-of-age novel by Larry Smith,
The Free Farm, we journey back
to America’s turbulent late 60s and early 70s…. Smith provides a
unique window into Lee’s young life that is driven by idealism, love of
Emerson and Thoreau, and devotion to his beautiful partner, who
practices Zen, meditates, and can fix cars….In this realistic yet often
surprising and tender novel, a quoted line from 'The Waking' by
Theodore Roethke serves as a guidepost: 'I wake to sleep, and take my
waking slow/ I feel my fate in what I cannot fear/ I learn by going
where I have to go.'"      ~ Laura Treacy Bentley, author of
Lake Effect
306 pgs. $17
Sinners of Sanction County: Stories
by  Charles Dodd Whit

"Sinners of Sanction County is one of the best story collections to come
out of the American South in recent times. Writing in a spare, poetic
style that fairly crackles with energy, Charles Dodd White makes his
mark as a major new talent as he masterfully explores the raw beauty
and pathos of life among tough people caught in bad situations. With
this book, he has nailed the coonskin to the wall."
~Donald Ray Pollock, author of
160 pgs. $16
Learning How: Stories, Tales & Yarns
by Richard Hague

22 Stories, Yarns, & Tales, rich in character, voice, and landscape.

"The fiction in this collection is as comforting as it is challenging, as
familiar as it is surprising, and, in all of the aspects that matter to the
serious reader of literature, it is thoroughly satisfying."
~Chris Holbrook, author of
206 pgs. $16
Degrees of Elevation: Short Stories of Contemporary
Appalachia Edited by Charles Dodd White & Page Seay

A wonderful and rich collection of some of our best fiction writers
treating the American landscape of Appalachia and its people.

Writers include: Rusty Barnes,  Sheldon Lee Compton, Jarrid Deaton,
Richard Hague, Silas House, Chris Holbrook, Denton Loving, Mindy
Beth Miller, John McManus, Jim Nichols, Valerie Nieman, Chris
Offutt, Mark Powell, Ron Rash, Alex Taylor, Crystal Wilkinson
"From manic to elegiac to rough, raw, beautiful, and heartbreaking,  
these stories will strike the reader as both absolutely true and as
unforgettable, like the high pure ring of an ax on a cold winter
morning, vibrating across distance, hanging in the air long afterward."
-Lee Smith, author of
Saving Grace
186 pgs. $17
Eclipse: Stories by Jeanne Bryner

These are powerful stories about the dignity, hope, wit, compassion,
and struggles of seemingly ordinary people in small town of Ohio,
West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Jeanne Bryner moves beyond
K-Mart class stereotypes into deeper spaces, uncovering a
complexity and variety of working-class lives few acknowledge."
~Janet Zandy
150 pgs. $12
Rushlight: Poems  by Chris Green

Chris Green's Rushlight is a powerful new book of poems. Rushlights
were made from rushes growing in marshy ground by old-time working
people as substitutes for candles, to push against the darkness of the
night. For me, Chris’ poems light the world in a similar way. I see
better in my own dark through these brilliant poems, for which I
thank this very necessary writer.                 
— Gurney Norman, author of
104 pgs. $15
Blind Horse: Poems by Jeanne Bryner

"I hear the sweet drawl of country music lyric in Jeanne Bryner's
poems and the push and drive of a mountain fiddle too. Energetic
and clear-sighted, these poems are never afraid of their difficult
subjects....Jeanne Bryner is the real thing." ~Maggie Anderson
100 pgs. $8
Lake Effect: Poems by Laura Treacy Bentley

"Everywhere I look these days no poetry is being written. There is
a lot of pretend poetry, but nothing really this fine. With this book
it makes it very easy for me to say: Laura Bentley, I dub thee poet
supreme.”       - Ray Bradbury
Laura’s love of the people and landscapes of West Virginia,
western Maryland, and Ireland is evident in her work. From earth
to sky, this collection merges a lake effect of meditations that
creates its own weather.
108 pgs. $14

Green-Silver and Silent: Poems
by Marc Harshman
*Poet Laureate of West Virginia

"Marc Harshman knows these people, these places, and he has the
wisdom of someone who knows when to be quiet, when to watch,
and listen, so that he can come to us and tell these heart-felt stories.
These poems earn their keep, weaving together the physical and
spiritual worlds in a landscape that can both sustain us and break
our hearts."  -Jim Daniels, author of Show and Tell: Selected Poems
90 pgs. $15
Smoke: Poems
by Jeanne Bryner

"The poems in Jeanne Bryners Smoke reveal her to be an angel of
mercy not only in her work with patients but also in her ability to
create poems that comfort and guide us as we face universal fears:
sickness, personal and societal abuse, family tragedy, physical pain
and emotional longing. Her poems dig deep, reaching what Emily
Dickinson called the zero at the bone." - Cortney Davis, author of
The Hearts Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing
96 pgs. $15

Sky Under the Roof: Poems
by Hilda Downer

"Hilda Downer's poems in Sky Under The Roof  affected me deeply.
The poems are powerful expressions of hard truths of human life.
They are beautiful, sophisticated, brave poems that do not flinch
from the challenges of living and of writing. Grounded in details of
Appalachian life and land, Hilda Downer's poems are products of a
good heart, mature sensibility and developed talent. These poems
have moved me and taught me about things I thought I knew but
    –Gurney Norman
126 pages  $15
The Long River Home: A Novel
Larry Smith

"In this fine Appalachian novel, Larry Smith chronicles four generations
of McCalls, their joys and sorrows, their sins and their nobility. Such
regional fiction has always been about people: their connections with one
another, their home place, their struggles to survive and to prosper. It is
all here, set, in the grand tradition of Wendell Berry and Conrad Richter,
against the Ohio landscape: its hills and its rivers, its frontier beginnings
and its later industrial development. We care about the place and its
people. Finishing the novel, we understand ourselves and our nation with
a deeper knowledge." -Annabel Thomas
232 pgs.
Soft cover
232 pgs.

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