“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.