CLYDE KESSLER, poet and naturalist, lives in Radford, VA with his wife, Kendall, and their son, Alan. They have an art studio in their home called “Towhee Hill.” Clyde is a founding member of the Blue Ridge Discovery Center, an environmental education organization with programs in western North Carolina and Virginia. He works at University Libraries at Virginia Tech and is also regional editor for Virginia Birds, a journal of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. His poems have been published in many magazines--Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, Still: The Journal, Contemporary Haibun, and Virginia Literary Journal--to name a few.
Fiddling at Midnight's Farmhouse (Cedar Creek Publishing, 2017) is a companion to Clyde's poetry book, Dancing at Big Vein (Pocahontas Press, 1987), and features illustrations by his artist-wife, Kendall Kessler.
Kendall Kessler, Artist
Kendall Kessler is an award-winning professional artist and former Assistant Professor of Art at Radford University. Her impasto oil paintings and pastel prints have been seen throughout the United States in national, international, and local shows and she has received numerous awards including awards from Dorothy Gillespie, May Stevens, Frank Webb, and Daniel Greene. Originals of Kendall’s paintings are in private collections in twenty-six states, Washington, D.C., Canada, Germany, England, Switzerland, Russia, and Australia.
Poetry by Clyde Kessler; Illustrations by Kendall Kessler
Publication Year: 2017
ISBN 978-1-942882-05-3, Paperback, Color, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
133 Pages (98 poems, 25 color illustrations) | $16
Regional & Cultural | United States, Southwest Virginia (Appalachia; Blue Ridge)
Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands, with Jack's Creek Bridge over the Smith River and Rock Castle Creek in Patrick County, set the stage for Clyde Kessler’s fictional community of “Hackle Creek” in his book of poetry, Fiddling at Midnight's Farmhouse (Cedar Creek Publishing, 2017). Patterned a bit like Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, Clyde's characters---mostly fiddlers, waifs, workers, and lost souls--emerge through poetic yarns, tall tales, ghost stories, retellings of family secrets, and even a few riddles of several families introduced in his earlier poetry collection, Dancing at Big Vein (Pocahontas Press, 1987).
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