THE COSMIC POSSUM

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JANE HICKS IS THE COSMIC POSSUM

Jane is a teacher, poet, and fiber artist from upper East Tennessee. (There is something east of Knoxville!) The Jesse Stuart Foundation published her book, Blood & Bone Remember, in January 2005. Blood and Bone Remember won the Poetry Book of the Year 2006 Award from the Appalachian Writers Association.  The Cosmic One is the inspiration for the name of a mythical Appalachian Trail hikers' hostel in Sharyn McCrumb's ballad novel, The Songcatcher. Baird Christopher explains it all!  Jane also served as Sharyn's NASCAR mentor for St. Dale.  (2005)

 

 Jane's new book, Driving with the Dead, will be out in late July. See New Book page for details.

PUBLICATION CREDITS

Shenandoah

Now and Then

Wind

Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel

Iron Mountain Review

(GeorgeElla Lyon issue)

(Sharyn McCrumb issue)

Red Crow Review

Sow's Ear

Appalachian Journal

A! Magazine for Arts and Antiques

Appalachian Heritage

Blue Ridge Country Magazine

 

Online publication:

 

shaking like a mountain

Southern Ledger/Southern Writer

Nantahala Review

Still 

 

Anthologies:

Literary Lunch

Crossing Troublesome:  25 Years of the Appalachian Writers Workshop

Coal: an Anthology

We All Live Downstream: Writings about Mountaintop Removal

Motif 2:  Chance

Southern Poetry Anthology: Contemporary Appalachia

Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee

WHY THE POSSUM?

The possum is the perfect symbol of my beloved Appalachia: underappreciated, misunderstood, and the ultimate survivor in the face of all manners of predation.

"Ain't no money in poetry
That's what sets the poet free.
I've had all the freeedom I can stand."
Cold Dog Soup
Guy Clark
Mark D. Sanders