Kopana Wool

Fall 2016 Issue

Denise Giardina

A Conversation with Denise Giardina

Appalachian Heritage talks to Sonja Livingston

Appalachian Heritage talks to Sonja Livingston

Reading Together

Out the window, hoarfrost beards the mountain; inside, Buck stove flames ripple, dog snores, brandy flares in throat. Snug in twin armchairs, we dwell in two worlds: your Vikings pillage, slaughter; my plucky English detective scours the village, building her case.

The Poetry of Pepperoni Rolls

Ineed to tell you about pepperoni rolls. But I understand that, as a native West Virginian, I probably have enthusiasm for this dish disproportionate to your knowledge of it, so first I need to explain. A classic pepperoni roll, one from a place like Home Industry Bakery in Clarksburg, West…


I dream gone home about ruts, an old road we don’t use where the rain wash has worn from trails shallow gullies that curve as they twin down the hillside, crushed exposed sandstone, yellow layered,


In memory of Martha One winter in the late afternoon my aunt and I took a drive out into the countryside and watched as the sun began to set over icy fallow farm fields its shallow oblique light the very thing she wanted me to see because it was beautiful.…