Elaine Fowler Palencia

Elaine Fowler Palencia


Elaine Fowler Palencia, of Champaign, IL, grew up in Morehead, KY and Cookeville, TN. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in English of Vanderbilt University, she is the author of six books of fiction, four genre romances and two literary short story collections, as well as two chapbooks of poetry and numerous essays and book reviews. She has lectured at many workshops and at universities where her work is studied. Her work has appeared in such journals as Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, South Carolina Review, Still, Willow Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Literary Mama, Pentimento, and Crossroads: A Southern Culture Annual, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, River Styx, Bluegrass Now, Tipton Poetry Journal, and many others, including such anthologies as Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers, Appalachia Inside Out, and the fifteenth anniversary retrospective of Iowa Woman. She was named the 2004 Passager Poet and has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, two for fiction and two for poetry. She serves as the moderator of the Red Herring Fiction Workshop in Champaign-Urbana and is the book review editor of Pegasus, the journal of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. With her husband Michael Palencia-Roth, she has translated and published poems by the Colombian writer William Ospina. Her reviews have appeared in such periodicals as Library Journal, the American Book Review, Gently Read Literature, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader, and at newpages.com.

Along with Mary McCormack, Frank Modica, John Palen, and Pat Simpson, she is a founding member of the Quintessential Poets of Champaign-Urbana.

Elaine has completed a poetry manuscript, "Inconsolable Stone," and a third short story collection, "Riding the Devil's Bicycle." She is currently working on a historical manuscript, "My Dear Companion: the Civil War Letters of John M. Douthit."

Selected Works

Sequel to Taking the Train
A short story collection set in eastern Kentucky.
Returns to Blue Valley, the fictional location in eastern Kentucky of the highlyacclaimed Small Caucasian Woman.

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