In preparation for our Native Plant Week this summer, we sit down (virtually) with Appalachian poet and Western North Carolina native Rose McLarney. Rose shares her journey to becoming a poet and some sources of inspiration for her writing. Learn more about Rose and order her books here. Interested in taking a workshop with Rose? Join us Thursday, June 10th for an interactive virtual nature poetry workshop, led by Rose herself! Register on Eventbrite.


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Rose McLarney’s collections of poems are Forage and Its Day Being Gone, both from Penguin Poets, as well as The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, published by Four Way Books. She is co-editor of A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, from University of Georgia Press, and the journal Southern Humanities Review.  Rose has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences; served as Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place; and is winner of the National Poetry Series, the Chaffin Award for Achievement in Appalachian Writing, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award for Poetry, among other prizes. Her work has appeared in publications including The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, and The Oxford American. Rose earned her MFA from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Auburn University.