Recent Work


Appalachian Ghosts (Introduction) by Raymond Thompson, The University Press of Kentucky, forthcoming

Amalgamate: West Virginia Coal Miners and America’s Other Civil War, Random House, forthcoming

Transmontane: Essays, Random House, forthcoming

On Dark and Bloody Ground: An Oral History of the West Virginia Mine Wars (Foreword) Ed. Anne Lawrence, West Virginia University Press, 2021

Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (Anthology) Ed. Simmons Buntin, Elizabeth Dodd, and Derek Sheffield, Trinity University Press, 2020

The Book of the Dead (Introductory Essay), poems by Muriel Rukeyser, West Virginia University Press, 2018

Best American Essays 2017 (Anthology) Ed. Leslie Jamison, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

Listy Silver (Artist Book) Collaboration with Lydia Moyer, 2016

Wishing Trains (Poetry Chapbook) Verse Press, 2012


The Book of the Dead,” Oxford American, Fall 2016

Inside a Life-Saving Rural Clinic in Appalachia” VICE, April 2016

O Beulah Land,” Oxford American, Summer 2014


From 2008 to 2011, I produced short features about American history for BackStory. Then I freelanced, made documentaries, and helped edit the West Virginia Public Radio show Inside AppalachiaIn 2022, I edited a series for WVPR, “Coal – And the Way Forward.


Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial (Labor Day 2021)

West Virginia Mine Wars Museum

Paint Creek Driving Tour

Hawks Nest Names

Cedar Grove