James Still

James Still

Still was born in Alabama. He spent most of his life in Kentucky, where many of his works take place, and lived a great deal of the time in a log house along the Dead Mare Branch of Little Carr Creek in Knott County. He attended Lincoln Memorial University and Vanderbilt University, and then came to Hindman Settlement School in 1933 to become the librarian and was a regular participant in the Appalachian Writers Workshop.The last 25 years of his life he lived on the Settlement School campus and that is where he is buried. He was a noted poet and novelist for adults as well as for children, and Kentucky's Poet Laureate in 1995 and 1996.

“(Eastern Kentucky) is the most interesting place on the globe on a day-to-day basis. As about a classless society as you will discover in America. Everybody here is somebody.

Ellis Credle, quoted from  Sunday, April 29, 2001 The Herald-Leader, Lexington, Kentucky.