Biography

Wendell Berry is the author of more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. His books include Hannah Coulter (2004), Citizenship Papers (2005), The Way of Ignorance (2006), and Given: Poems (2005). Berry’s latest works include The Mad Farmer Poems (2008) and Whitefoot (2009). He lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky.

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For more than 100 years the coal-producing counties of eastern Kentucky have been dependent on the coal industry, which has dominated them politically and, submitting only to the limits of technology, has come near to ruining them. The legacy of the coal economy in the Kentucky mountains will be immense and lasting damage to the […]

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