Darlene Campbell (M.A.) is a writer and artist who makes her home in southern Appalachia.
Her work has appeared in various publications such as StorySouth, Mid-South Review, Riverwalk Journal, Pegasus, Other Voices International, Coal by Blair Mountain Press, Instructor Magazine and many others. Her work also appears in Coal County, by Counterpoint press in conjunction with Sierra Productions as an accompaniment to the release of Coal Country [narrated by Ashley Judd].
She is a recipient of the 2012 Mary Ballard Award from Casey Shay Press, Speculative Poetry Award from the Kentucky State Poetry Society and is a member of the Elizabeth Maddox Poetry Society.
Her novels include: I Listened, Momma (Old Seventy Creek Press); Touched (Martin Sisters Publishing) and Looking for Pork Chop McQuade (Autumn Sky Press); Her three books of poetry include the award-winning Uncommon Clay (Casey Shay Press); Mountain Shadows (Autumn Sky Press) and Snapshots, Hodgepodges and What-Nots (Autumn Sky Press) which was co-authored with Life Time Achievement winner, Chad M. Horn and international poet and children’s author, Yolantha Harrison-Pace. In conjunction with photographer, Rachel A. Warmouth of Southern Kentucky’s RAW Photography, she has just had her first children’s book, When I was a Kid in Kentucky (2017, Autumn Sky Press) published.
In addition to writing, Darlene enjoys gardening, painting, fitness, and Baguazhang. She also enjoys linguistics, genetic and historical research. Darlene has a specific area of interest in Melungeons and Kentucky history.