Poet Laureate of West Virginia and critically acclaimed West Virginia University Press author Irene McKinney will appear on the West Virginia PBS television program Outlook at noon Sunday, Oct. 9. The half-hour program will be an interview of McKinney at her Barbour County home.
McKinney is only the sixth person to be recognized as the Poet Laureate of West Virginia since the inception of the post in 1920. Five volumes of her work have been published, includingThe Girl with a Stone in Her LapandSix OClock Mine Report. Her writing is known for its strikingly honest, realistic, yet beautiful depiction of the lives of West Virginia residents and the rugged charm of the state.
Most recently, McKinneys volume of poetryVivid Companionwas published by the Vandalia Press, an imprint of the West Virginia University Press in October of 2004.
This work has received much praise, as David Baker says in The Kenyon Review,Irene McKinney writes with a strong soul, a great ear and a commanding vista.
McKinneys writing has appeared in such publications as The Kenyon Review, American Voice, Poetry and Appalachian Heritage.
A native of Belington, W.Va., McKinney is now director of creative writing and associate professor of English at West Virginia Wesleyan College.