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Maggie Hess

Author's Bio

Maggie Hess started out her literary life writing rhymed verse standing up for fat kids on the playground. Maggie was immersed in poetry from a young age by her father Errol Hess who co-founded the Sow's Ear Poetry Review out of her home. In college, Maggie was the proud winner of the Leidig Poetry Prize awarded to her by the former poet laureate of Maryland, Linda Pastan. Maggie self published her first chapbook, "The Cracked Nut" about the struggle of Appalachians to fight Mountaintop Removal and her response as a Quaker. Since then, Maggie has been published in 15 small presses and magazines and self published so many chapbooks she loses count. Currently Maggie is working on her chapbook "11 Year Cycle". She lives with her mother, two dogs, and rambunctious cat in Bristol, TN.

Publications and Prizes

A! Magazine for the Arts, Alehouse Press, Blue Fifth Review, Friends Journal, Milk Sugar, Postcard Poems and Prose, S/tick, Tule Review
“My Ritual” Awarded May B. Smith English Composition Award for April 2010. “Peace in Role Play” awarded the Leidig Poetry Prize and published in A! Magazine, 2006. Awarded Second Place in the First-Year Essay Contest, 2002.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Waltzing with Horses by Felicia Mitchell
Favorite Books:
The Cleft of the Rock by Felicia Mitchell Above the Eastern Treetops, Blue by Libby Jones Inside Passage by Barbara Wade Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry by Yale University Press
Favorite Authors:
Felicia Mitchell Libby Jones Barbara Wade Barbara Kingsolver Mary Oliver Errol Hess

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Listing last updated: July 18, 2016

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Appalachian, Other
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Born in:
Washington County, VA
Raised in:
Bristol, TN

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