Tag Archives: The Affrilachian Poets

Valley Girl: Appalachia’s Future Poet Laureate Takes on Mountaintop Removal

“Crystal Good’s debut collection of poetry, Valley Girl, marks the entry of such an astonishing new voice into the national poetry circuit. Capturing the conflicts and ambitions of a generation seemingly adrift and deeply rooted at the same time, Good unflinchingly casts her poetic spell on the “quantum phases” of “things that matter” in her native West Virginia, from mountaintop removal mining in the coalfields to the NASCAR-Talladega Speedway to “rabbit holes” in Affrilachia where “the rainbow ends,” with the masterful ease of Appalachia’s future poet laureate.”

Read more via Jeff Biggers: Valley Girl: Appalachia’s Future Poet Laureate Takes on Mountaintop Removal.

Note: Based in Tucson, Arizona and Illinois, Jeff Biggers is the David Brower Award/American Book Award-winning author of Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland, The United States of Appalachia, and In the Sierra Madre. His website is: www.jeffbiggers.com.

Valley Girl – New Video & Book Cover Sneak Peek!

Crystal is in Virginia today for the Virginia Festival of the Book. Students at James Madison University will be studying and discussing her poetry chapbook, Valley Girl, at the Furious Flower Poetry Center.

You may not be in Harrisonburg today, but you can hear Crystal read her poetry (from 11-11-11)  in this new video; you can also catch a glimpse of the beautiful new book cover art by West Virginia artist Heidi Richardson Evans!

Haven’t ordered your book yet? Don’t wait, the first print run may be gone soon after the Festival wraps, so email edg@longridgeeditors.com today!