A Literary Field Guide to Northern Appalachia
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A Literary Field Guide to Northern Appalachia

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Pages: 224

Illustrations: 70 b&w illustrations

Trim size: 7.000in x 9.250in



Pub Date: 09/15/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6742-2

List Price: $24.95


Pub Date: 09/15/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6752-1

List Price: $24.95


Pub Date: 09/15/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6751-4

List Price: $24.95

A Literary Field Guide to Northern Appalachia

A collection of art and poetry that celebrates the wonders of the Appalachian mountains

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Northern Appalachia is one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth and home to a broad range of ecological and human cultures. With A Literary Field Guide to Northern Appalachia, editors Todd Davis and Noah Davis recognize and celebrate this diversity and the fact that humans are storytelling creatures who develop relationships with their landscapes at the intersection of art and science.

A companion volume to A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, this guide introduces the reader to seventy indigenous species found in Northern Appalachia, a region comprising parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. As a hybrid literary and natural history anthology, the book consists of descriptions and notes on habitat, range, and ecology provided by six scientists with expertise in the region’s flora and fauna. In addition, eleven artists and seventy poets have provided original artwork and poetry that illuminate the lives of the greater-than-human world.

Defying easy stereotypes, the guide presents trees, shrubs, wildflowers and mammals, birds and fish, reptiles and amphibians, and invertebrates and fungi. Love and wonder for these ancient mountains and their ever-evolving residents flood the pages of this book, inviting the reader into a deeper way of knowing a place and the lives dependent on it.

This book will appeal to people from a variety of literacies and perspectives and will open doors and hearts to the bounty of Northern Appalachia ecologies to enrich the lives of all.

—Chris Green, author of The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism

janan alexandra

David Baker

Susan Barba

Sarah Barber

Robin Becker

Lisa Bellamy

Dave Bonta

Elizabeth Bradfield

Joseph J. Capista

Stacie Cassarino

George David Clark

Grant Clauser

J.L. Conrad

Geffrey Davis

Noah Davis

Todd Davis

Alison Deming

Chard deNiord

Rebecca Foust

Hannah Fries

Michael Garrigan

Adam Giannelli

Margaret Gibson

Charity Gingerich

Andrew C. Gottlieb

Willard P. Greenwood

Jeff Gundy

K.A. Hays

John Hodgen

Henry Hughes

M.J. Iuppa

Julie Swarstad Johnson

Kasey Jueds

Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Daniel Lassell

Sydney Lea

Diane LeBlanc

Xiaoly Li

Anni Liu

Marjorie Maddox

Kerrin McCadden

Abby Minor

Roger Mitchell

Nik Moore

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Leah Poole Osowski

Sean Prentiss

L. Renée

Jack Ridl

Christina Seymour

Neil Shepard

Julia Shipley

Betsy Sholl

David Shumate

Matthew J. Spireng

Eleanor Stanford

Jordan Temchack

Philip Terman

Chase Twichell

Lee Upton

Judith Vollmer

Ryan Walsh

Henry Walters

Jerry Wemple

Karen J. Weyant

Joe Wilkins

Emily Beam

Joe Beam

Allyson Comstock

Roberto D’Amanda

Ashley Hamersma

Gary Hawkins

Talley V. Kayser

Gwen Noll

Ray Noll

Henry Shearon

Quinlin Taylor

Sarah E. Allen

Carl Engstrom

Jerry D. Hassinger

Carolyn Mahan

Andrew L. Shiels

Hannah L. (Cave) Stout

Sarah Blake

Shara McCallum

About the Author/Editor

Todd Davis (Editor)
TODD DAVIS is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry—Coffin Honey; Native Species; Winterkill; In the Kingdom of the Ditch; The Least of These; Some Heaven; and Ripe—as well as of a limited-edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow. He is an emeritus fellow of the Black Earth Institute and teaches environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona College. He lives in Tipton, Pennsylvania.

Noah Davis (Editor)
NOAH DAVIS is the author of The Last Beast We Revel In and Of This River. His poems and prose have appeared in the Sun, the Christian Science Monitor, Southern Humanities Review, Best New Poets, Orion, and the Year’s Best Sports Writing, among other publications. Davis earned an MFA from Indiana University and was raised along the Allegheny Front in Tipton, Pennsylvania.

Carolyn Mahan (Editor)
CAROLYN MAHAN is professor of biology and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University. Her work has been published in a variety of scientific journals including Environmental Management, Global Change Biology, Conservation Biology, and Journal of Mammalogy. Mahan currently serves on Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro’s Advisory Council for Conservation. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.