Pamela Steed Hill

Pamela lived in Columbus where she was an editor for Creative Services at The Ohio State University and a freelance writer and proofreader.  Besides poetry, her other passion is cooking, and she enjoys developing and sharing recipes, which you can find at

 She and her husband Chris now live in Austin, Texas.

Victor Marshall Depta

Vic published four books of poetry (Ohio University Press, New Rivers Press, and Ion Books) before establishing Blair Mountain Press in 1999.  With the Press, he has published nine books of poetry, four novels, two collections of plays, a memoir, and two collections of essays, as well as works by other writers from Appalachia. 

Edwina pendarvis

Having  spent her  childhood in  southern West Virginia  and  eastern Kentucky, Edwina Pendarvis  draws  on Appalachian experiences in her writing.  In Raft Tide and Railroad: How We Lived and Died (2008), she gathers family stories and local history accounts about life on the farm and in a coal camp in the hills of eastern Kentucky from the late 1800s to the late 1900s.  Like the Mountains of China, a poetry collection published by Blair Mountain Press (2003), uses scenes and historical events drawn from what she learned on a trip to China in the mid-1990s.  Her most recent books also involve China.  With the help of a translator, Pendarvis has written three biographies that have been published in dual-language editions by the Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press (2009).  The biographies describe the life and works of Nobel-Prize winning authors, Pearl S. Buck, William Faulkner, and Jean-Paul Sartre.  All of her work, whether it focuses on Appalachia or not, is grounded in the egalitarian ideals so long associated with the Appalachian region.

Please click on Other Appalachian Books by Blair Mountain Press Writes to purchase Edwina’s books on William Faulkner and Pearl S. Buck.

Chris Green

Chris Green's work as a writer, scholar, teacher, and editor is dedicated to bringing people into conversation about who they are, where they live, and what they care about.  In addition to having edited Coal: A Poetry Anthology, he has authoredRushlight: Poems (Bottom Dog, 2009) and The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Moderism (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009), a book about cultural pluralism and the poetry of Jesse Stuart, James Still, Muriel Rukeyser, and Don West.  He also editedWind Magazine from 1998-2003.  Chris’s co-authored history of the intersection between Appalachian literature and Appalachian Studies can be found in Studying Appalachian Studies: Making the Path by Walking (2015)."  He is an Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies and Director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College.