My People Was Music

By: Kirk Judd
Softcover, 128, plus mountain music CD pages
ISBN: 0941092704

This triple treat is a lovely collection of wonderful mountain poetry, accompanied by a CD of Kirk's powerful spoken word performances. Each poem is paired with beautiful traditional mountain music by well-known West Virginia musicians. The third aspect is the gorgeous black and white photographs by Dave Lambert interspersed with the poems. A wonderful combination sure to delight any reader or listener.

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Kirk Judd has lived, worked, trout fished and wandered around in West Virginia all of his life. Kirk was a member of the Appalachian Literary League, a founding member and former president (and JUG recipient) of West Virginia Writers, Inc. He is a founding member of and creative writing instructor for Allegheny Echoes, Inc., dedicated to the support and preservation of WV cultural heritage arts. Author of 3 collections of poetry “Field of Vision” 1986, “Tao-Billy” 1996, and “My People Was Music” 2014, and a co-editor of the widely acclaimed anthology, “Wild, Sweet Notes – 50 Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950 – 1999”, he is widely published. Kirk was honored to be one of the 5 readers selected for the installation ceremony of Louise McNeill Pease as Poet Laureate in 1979 at the WV Cultural Center on the Capitol grounds in Charleston, WV, and currently sits on the board of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation headquartered in Hillsboro, WV. He is internationally known for his performance work combining poetry and old time music, and has performed poetry in Ireland and across West Virginia at fairs, concerts, and festivals for the past 35 years.

Published by Mountain State Press