You can read or listen to “Holly Hobby” – my tale of Christmas travels gone awry – in “The Brooklyner” on

You can read my story “The Sounds of Dying” on Mason’s Road, published by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing program by clicking here:

Also, “Old Crow and The Appalachian Soul,” an essay about the many ways  Old Crow Medicine Show reflects the New Appalachia,  is now out in Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine, published by  East Tennessee State University. You can look at a preview of the issue here. Yep. That’s Old Crow at the occasion of their induction into the Grand Ole Opry on the cover – congratulations, guys!

I am also pleased to be part of a beautiful, hardcover book honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Nye Simmons is the featured artist in this collection of prose interwoven with spectacular photographs of sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The book is available at various retail outlets, or you may order from the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway website.

My work is also pending in Toad Suck Review, a very cool, award-winning journal published by the University of Central Arkansas.


Published by jmcgaha

Jennifer is the author of two memoirs, Flat Broke with Two Goats (Sourcebooks, 2018), and Bushwhacking (forthcoming from Trinity University Press in 2023). Her work has also appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Brevity, CHEAP POP, The Huffington Post, Lumina, PANK, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Passengers, HerStry, Baltimore Fishbowl, and many other publications. A native of Appalachia, Jennifer lives in a wooded North Carolina hollow with her husband, two cats, six unruly dogs, ten relatively tame dairy goats, and an ever-changing number of hens. She currently teaches at UNC-Asheville. ter

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