Alive in Hard Country by Richard Hague



  • Kind: Paperback
  • Pages: 95
  • ISBN: 9780933087835


“Like those lives alluded to in the title, Alive in Hard Country will survive.” — Maggie Anderson — Review

“Through the world of Richard Hague blow hard winds of place and change. The result is a sacred and seductive music” —David Citino.

“Roots nudge between / stones and I / clinch them / like nails / with the angry / hammer of loss” —from “A Wrench My Grandfather Left.”


Richard Hague is a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers workshop, Editor Emeritus of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, an annual anthology of contemporary Appalachian writing, and aboard member of Cincinnati’s InkTank, a nonprofit literacy and literature organization.

Richard Hague is a writer and teacher. His recent collections of poems include Garden (Word Press, 2002), Alive In Hard Country (Bottom Dog Press, 2003, and winner of the 2004 Book Of The Year Award in Poetry from the Appalachian Writers Association) and The Time It Takes Light (Word Press, 2004). He was named Ohio Poet of the Year by the Ohio Poetry Day Association in 1985 for Ripening (Ohio State University Press.) His collection Milltown Natural: Essays And Stories From A Life was nominated for a National Book Award. His extensive poetry collection/teaching and writing memoir Lives Of The Poem was Wind Publications in 2005.

Richard Hague was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, educated at Xavier University in Cincinnati and has done post-graduate work at Oxford. The winner of three Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in two genres, he has taught literature, creative writing, and interdisciplinary studies for 40 years.

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Weight 4.5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in