Back when my head like an egg in a nest was vowel-keen and dawdling, I shed my slick beautiful and put it in a basket and laid it barefaced at the river among the taxing rocks. My beautiful was all hush and glitter. It was too moist to grasp. My beautiful had no tongue with which to lick—no discernable
Adrian Blevins received a BA from Virginia Intermont College in 1986, an MA in fiction from Hollins University in 1990, and an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2002.
She is the author of Appalachians Run Amok (Two Sylvias Press), winner of the Wilder Series Book Prize and forthcoming in 2018; Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Wesleyan University Press, 2009); and The Brass Girl Brouhaha (Ausable Press, 2003), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Of her work, Linda Gregerson writes, “Edgy, double-timing, favoring the feint and swerve, she plays the momentums of slang and syntax, run-on and compression for all they’re worth.”
With Karen McElmurray, Blevins edited Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia (Ohio University Press, 2015). The recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award, she teaches at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Wesleyan University Press, 2009)
The Brass Girl Brouhaha (Ausable Press, 2003)