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Irene McKinney: Working Bibliography

Finding critical sources about McKinney isn’t as easy as I thought, though I expect to find more after I tackle the thesis below. And I have no access to the resources of an academic library.

Maybe McKinney was on the right track when she confided to Maggie Anderson that she felt underappreciated on the national level. I think it had to do with her being a poet of place and the place being West Virginia, a generally underestimated state. Just my humble opinion.

Anderson, Maggie. “Irene Durrett McKinney (1939-2012).” Appalachian Journal, vol. 39, no. 3/4, Spring/Summer2012 2012, pp. 228–233. EBSCOhost.

Creasman, Boyd. “”The Place You Go to Tell the Truth’: Gender in Irene McKinney’s ‘Vivid Companion.’” Appalachian Journal, vol. 39, no. 1/2, 2011, pp. 92–105. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Drennen, Bill. “Interview with Poet Laureate Irene McKinney,” Cultural Conversations. West Virginia Library Commission, 1993.

Haines, Julie. Redefining the Sublime and Repositioning Appalachian Literature: A Closer Look at the Poetry of West Virginia’s Muriel Miller Dressler and Irene McKinney. Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio Dominican University, 2016. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 28 May 2020.

Lyon, George Ella (1981) “Contemporary Appalachian Poetry: Sources and Directions,” The Kentucky Review: Vol. 2 : No. 2 , Article 2. Available at: 

McKinney, Irene. “Ultra-Talk: Poetry in the Fast Lane,” in Come On In: A Chapbook of Lectures on the Craft of Creative Writing. West Virginia Wesleyan College; Welcome Table Press, 2017.

Novey, Idra. “Appalachian Poetry (the poems of James Wright and Irene McKinney),” Poetry Foundation. 29 April 2013.

Quillen, Rita Sims. Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry. Appalachian State University, 1989. JSTOR, Accessed 29 May 2020. [open access]

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