Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods (Paperback)
Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia
Vandalia Press, 9781943665549, 336pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Throughout this collection, we see profound wonder, questioning, and conflicts involving family, sexual identity, class, discrimination, environmental beauty, and peril, and all the sorts of rebellion, error, contemplation, and contentment that an intrepid soul can devise. These stories and poems, all published within the last fifteen years, are grounded in what it means to live in and identify with a complex place.
With a mix of established writers like Jayne Anne Phillips, Norman Jordan, Ann Pancake, Maggie Anderson, and Denise Giardina and fresh voices like Matthew Neill Null, Ida Stewart, Rajia Hassib, and Scott McClanahan, this collection breaks open new visions of all-American landscapes of the heart. By turns rowdy and contemplative, hilarious and bleak, and lyrical and gritty, it is a collage of extraordinary literary visions.
About the Author
Doug Van Gundy’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in the Oxford American, Ecotone, Appalachian Heritage, Poetry Salzburg Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of the poetry collection A Life Above Water, and he teaches writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Praise For Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia…
"Beautiful and important."
Silas House, author of Clay’s Quilt, The Coal Tattoo, and Eli the Good
“This book is a literary treasure for West Virginia and the rest of the Appalachian region. It is a rumination on what it means to be of a mountain place in this day and time. In vivid, fresh language West Virginians explore place, identity, family, and so much more. A rich and important addition to mountain letters, I think this book will be regarded for a long time.”
Crystal Wilkinson, author of The Birds of Opulence, Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackberries
Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour
Theresa L. Burriss is the Chair of Appalachian Studies at Radford University in Radford, Virginia