Author of novels WAYLAND, HIDING EZRA & poetry collection 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.

Looking For Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry- available again through Amazon!

Re-issued in conjunction with the University of North Carolina Press, 2017

Appalachian Consortium Press, 1989

"Rita Quillen has written a wonderful book, the only full-length study of Appalachian poetry I know and bound to be the best for a long time to come. She has drawn together poets we love, carefully reading them, interpreting them, and deepening our own appreciation of their work.  Her work is not only an exercise in understanding; it is an emblem of pride.  Every one of us who counts himself or herself an Appalachian must be grateful to her for making us--and others as well-see clearly that we live at the most glorious literary moment our region has ever had.--Dr. Richard Marius, Director of Expository Writing, Harvard University, and author of 'Thomas More: A Biography'

---JUST REISSUED BY APPALACHIAN STATE U AND UNC! Now available through Amazon at:  


Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry cover

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