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Tony Crunk to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Coal Man’s Son”

Tony Crunk to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Coal Man’s Son”

August 24, 2023

 

 

 

What will Kentucky Book Festival visitors find on your table?

Coal Man’s Son (Finishing Line Press) – The catalog description calls it “a gothic coal-camp mad / sacred fever-dream that remythologizes the origins of both God and Man, and what came between them.”  That sounds about right.

 

New Covenant Bound (University Press of Kentucky) – Interweaves verse and prose to relate one family’s experience of the forced relocation of some 30,000 people in western Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1930’s – 1960’s to create Kentucky and Barkley Lakes and LBL Nat’l Recreation Area.

Living in the Resurrection (Yale University Press) – A Yale Series of Younger Poets selection.  Very Kentucky.

Railroad John and the Red Rock Run (Peachtree Publishers) – Stuff for kids, too!  Check out this nifty performance of Railroad John by radio actor, Fred Newman! — Grid VB (brightcove.com). ( I do school visits.)

 

 

Whom do you invite to stop by? Who will benefit from reading your book?

Any friend of Kentucky literature.

Anyone who likes literature and/or reads it.

 

Could you please tell us something curious about you and/or your book?

Coal Man’s Son was written to be staged.  It is the first act of a much longer dramatic work.

 

Is this your first time participating in Kentucky Book Festival? If yes – what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve participated before – what was your favorite experience at the Festival?

Looking forward to reacquainting with old familiars, as at prior Festivals.

 

 

 

Tony Crunk’s first collection of poetry, Living in the Resurrection, was the 1994 selection in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Coal Man’s Son is a gothic coal-camp mad / sacred fever-dream that remythologizes the origins of both God and Man, and what came between them.

Thank you!

Thanks so much to all who attended this year’s festival! Please provide feedback about your experience by submitting a survey. 

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