James Still Homepage

July 16, 1906 - April 28, 2001

From the Louisville Courier-Journal
A National Public Radio piece aired on May 1st, 2001 Search this site to retrieve it

Oh, my children, where are we going on this mighty river of earth?"

Bibliography of Works

Recent publications:
James Still: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature edited by Ted Olson and Kathy H. Olson. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2007
James Still in Interviews, Oral Histories and Memoirs edited by Ted Olson. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2008.

Responses to Mr. Still's Work


Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V

Childhood | Early Education | Formal Education | Thoughts on Dialect | Thoughts on Poetry | Literary Influences | Hindman Settlement School | Highlander Folk School | Begins Writing | Publishes River of Earth | More Thoughts on Dialect|


Used with permission. Audio files with permission of JuneAppal Recordings. Of the Wild Man | Early Whippoorwill | Yesterday in Belize | Leap Minnows, Leap (to hear Mr. Still, click here)| Spring on Little Carr | In My Dreaming | Wolfpen Creek (click here))| Madly to Learn | Death of a Fox | Rain on the Cumberlands | Heritage (click here) | Farm | | Dance on Pushback (click here) | Uncle Ambrose | Dulcimer| Foal|

Critical and Biographical Sources

The Seamless Vision of James Still by Fred Chappell, Appalachian Journal, 1981

Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Volume 26: Gale Research; pgs. 406-408.
Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 9: Gale Research, 1981.
National Public Radio Interview: All Things Considered, 11-10-95
Kentucky Poet Laureate
The Iron Mountain Review: James Still Issue, Vol. II No.I Summer 1984

"Daring to Look in the Well": A Conversation Between James Still and Jim Wayne Miller
Adventures in Central America
Advice to Would-Be Writers
"Menfolks Are Heathens": Cruelty in James Still's Short Stories by Fred Chappell
"The Stir-Off"
Mining Towns
Color Symbolism
James Still's Poetry: "The Journey a Worldly Wonder"by Jeff Daniel Marion
Appalachian Literature: At Home in This World by Jim Wayne Miller
Myths and Tales
Sacred and Secular History
James Still's Works
River of Earth
Journey Motif
"The Nest"
"Mrs. Razor"
Jack and the Wonder Bean
"Sharp Tack"
A James Still Bibliography by Terry Cornett

Special Collections