Julia Older

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

Author's Bio

JULIA OLDER has lived in France, Italy, Brazil, and Mexico. Her thirty books include a memoir as the eleventh woman thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail, APPALACHIAN ODYSSEY (fourth edition, Open Road-Author’s Guild e-book and Print paperback). Recent books include a new bilingual "Reader” BORIS VIAN INVENTS BORIS VIAN and her researched book-length poem TALES OF THE FRANÇOIS VASE with a Backstory (from the Italian) and CD of her award-winning NPR play (HobblebushBooks.com, 2012). Poets also infiltrate her researched Isles of Shoals Fiction Trilogy. One of Older’s poems was embroidered in Afghanistan, another displayed by the Smithsonian. She has work in SISTERS OF THE EARTH, NRDC, and New Hampshire POET SHOWCASE anthologies. Her poems-essays--stories have appeared in Poets & Writers, the New Yorker, Uprooted (Stanford), Nonbinary Review, Zoomorphic (Wales UK), and numerous other publications. She writes full-time in the foothills of Grand Monadnock, NH.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Appalachian Odyssey: Walking the Trail From Georgia to Maine (Appledore Books, 2009)
Tahirih Unveiled (Turning Point, 2007)
This Desired Place: The Isles of Shoals (Appledore Books, 2006)
Rolling the Sun (Appledore Books, 2005)
Blues for a Black Cat (translation) (University of Nebraska Press, 2001)
City in the Sky (Oyster River Press, 2001)
The Ossabaw Book of Hours (Oyster River Press, 2001)
Hermaphroditus in America (Appledore Books, 2000)
The Island Queen: Celia Thxter of the Isles of Shoals (Appledore Books, 1998)
Higher Latitudes (Appledore Books, 1995)


Connecticut Review
Poets & Writers
Runes: A Review of Poetry
The New Yorker


Hunger Enough: Living Spiritually in a Consumer Society (Pudding House Publications, 2004)
Sisters of the Earth (Vintage, 2003)

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Last update: Oct 21, 2016