Jessica Cory presents Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene

Mountains Piled upon Mountains features nearly fifty writers from across Appalachia sharing their place-based fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Moving beyond the tradition of transcendental nature writing, much of the work collected here engage current issues facing the region and the planet (such as hydraulic fracturing, water contamination, mountaintop removal, and deforestation), and provides readers with insights on the human-nature relationship in an era of rapid environmental change.

Featured contributors will include: 

Wayne Caldwell

Thomas Rain Crowe

Gene Hyde

 Ellen Perry

This book includes a mix of new and recent creative work by established and emerging authors. The contributors write about experiences from northern Georgia to upstate New York, invite parallels between a watershed in West Virginia and one in North Carolina, and often emphasize connections between Appalachia and more distant locations. In the pages of Mountains Piled upon Mountains is a celebration, mourning, confusion, loneliness, admiration, and other emotions and experiences rooted in place but transcending Appalachia's boundaries.


Jessica Cory teaches in the English department at Western Carolina University. She grew up in southeastern Ohio, and her work has been published in ellipsis..., A Poetry Congeries, and other journals.

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Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene Cover Image
By Jessica Cory (Editor)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781946684905
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: West Virginia University Press - August 2019