RITA SIMS QUILLEN

Author of 'Hiding Ezra,' 'Her Secret Dream: New and Selected Poems', 'Something Solid to Anchor To' and 'The Mad Farmer's Wife'

Rita Quillen’s novel Hiding Ezra is forthcoming in 2014 from Little Creek Books; it was a finalist in the 2005 DANA Awards competition, and a chapter of the novel is included in the new scholarly study of Appalachian dialect just published by the University of Kentucky Press entitled Talking Appalachian.

One of six finalists for the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of Virginia, her poetry received a Pushcart nomination as well as a Best of the Net nomination in 2012. Her most recent collection Her Secret Dream, new and selected poems, is from Wind Press in Kentucky and was named the Outstanding Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association in 2008.  Previous works are poetry collections October Dusk and Counting The Sums, as well as a book of essays Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry.

 She lives and farms on Early Autumn Farm in Scott County, Virginia.

SOME OF THE ANTHOLOGIES AND TEXTBOOKS THAT CONTAIN MY WORK:

Southern Poetry Anthology-Texas Review Press- ed. by Jesse Graves and William Wright

Southern Poetry Anthology-Texas Review Press- ed. by Jesse Graves and William Wright

Girls Like Us; 40 Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood- Gina Misoroglu, Ed.

Girls Like Us; 40 Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood- Gina Misoroglu, Ed.

Her Words-Felicia Mitchell, ed.

Her Words-Felicia Mitchell, ed.

Listen Here: Appalachian Women Writers-ed. by Sandra Ballard and pat Hudson

Listen Here: Appalachian Women Writers-ed. by Sandra Ballard and pat Hudson

Appalachia Inside Out. Edited by Jack Higgs, Ambrose Manning and Jim Wayne Miller

Appalachia Inside Out. Edited by Jack Higgs, Ambrose Manning and Jim Wayne Miller

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