Elaine Fowler Palencia
I grew up in the foothills of Appalachia in Morehead KY and on the Cumberland Plateau in Cookeville TN. Now I live in a different landscape in Champaign IL. A sense of place informs much of my writing. After publishing four pulp romances, I turned exclusively to literary writing and published two Appalachian short story collections, Small Caucasian Woman and Brier Country, both with the University of Missouri Press. Coming late to poetry, I published two poetry chapbooks, Taking the Train and The Dailiness of It, with Grex Press. I started writing poetry in order to voice what it is like to be the mother of a child with serious physical and mental disabilities. Along the way I have published many book reviews and essays as well. My latest poetry chapbook, Going Places (FutureCycle Press), juxtaposes my Appalachian roots with the Midwest landscape. For some years I have served as the book review editor of Pegasus, the journal of the Kentucky State Poetry Society, and as the moderator of the Red Herring Fiction Workshop in Champaign-Urbana. About a year ago, I joined with four other local poets to found the Quintessential Poets. I live in west Champaign with my husband, Michael Palencia-Roth and am editing the Civil War letters of my great-great grandfather, John M. Douthit of the 52nd Georgia Volunteer Infantry.