Skating Rough Ground

Skating Rough Ground

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J. S. Absher is a poet, editor, and independent scholar. His first full-length book of poetry, Mouth Work (St. Andrews University Press), won the 2015 Lena Shull Competition of the North Carolina Poetry Society. Chapbooks are Night Weather (Cynosura, 2010) and The Burial of Anyce Shepherd (Main Street Rag Publications, 2006). His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Dialogue, Irreantum, North Carolina Literary Review, San Pedro River Review, Tar River Poetry, and Visions International. In 2018 he won the Larson Poetry Prize from BYU Studies Quarterly.

He is preparing three books on North Carolina and southern history. The first two, Love Letters of a Mississippi Lawyer and My Own Life, or The Deserted Wife, were published in 2021. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Patti.

Paperback: 113 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (May 13, 2022)

Dialogue’s Bodies of Christ Contest
2018 Clint Larson Poetry Contest
2017 Hayman Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society