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Appalachian Poetry collection

Identifier: AC-578

Scope and Contents

The poems making up this collection are: "Renaissance in the Hills" by Muriel Miller Dressler (autographed); "The Monday Polka" by Louise Marsh Gabriel; "Appalachian Girl" by Walter Griffin; and "Hell" by Jesse Stuart.


  • undated




Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restriction.

Biographical Note

Poet Muriel Miller Dressler (July 4, 1918-February 27, 2000) was born in Kanawha County. Both sides of her family go back several generations in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia. She married Lester Dressler (whose family was from Cabin Creek) in 1936. Her first published poem, ‘‘Appalachia’’ (1970), quickly became her signature piece. Dressler published two collections of poetry. The first, Appalachia, My Land, was published in 1973, and the second, Appalachia, in 1977.

Louise Marsh Gabriel is the author of Singer on a Hilltop: Poems.

Walter Griffin's work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Oxford American, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, and others. He has poems forthcoming in The New Yorker and The Sewanee Review.

Jesse Stuart was born on August 8, 1907 and died on February 17, 1984. He was born and raised in Greenup County, Kentucky and was Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 1954. In 1961, he received the annual award from the American Academy of Poets.


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This collection is four poems by Appalachian poets, Muriel Miller Dressler, Louise Marsh Gabriel, Walter Griffin, and Jesse Stuart. All four are accompanied by drawings, printed on colored papers, with Dressler's being autographed.


The poems are arranged alphabetically by the poet's last name.

Acquisitions Information

The origin of this collection is unknown. It was accessioned as AC.2002.029.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.578: Appalachian Poetry Collection, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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