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Welcome! My name is Rudy Thomas. My books are available online at Amazon.com. As you read my poetry, know this: I have been fortunate enough to know some great Appalachian and Kentucky poets, authors, and teachers. Jim Wayne Miller heads that list because he was the kind of mentor that every beginning writer should be fortunate enough to have known. As a Kentuckian, I am proud of the rich literature produced by such talented writers as James Lane Allen, John Fox Jr., Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Janice Holt Giles and many other stilled voices. Harriette Simpson Arnow admired my words before I was a published poet. Working with Jim Wayne Miller, I met Robert Penn Warren who has been called the greatest author to come from Kentucky. I had the good fortune of meeting Jesse Stuart and winning the Jesse Stuart Award for Poetry in a Kentucky State Poetry Society sponsored contest. I also am honored to have worked with James Still, Al Stewart, Lillie Chaffin and Hollis Summers. Gurney Norman, Bobbie Ann Mason, Wendell Berry, James Sherburne, Harry Brown, Dottie Sutton, Richard Taylor, Sallie Bingham, Joy Bale Boone, Jonathan Greene, Garry Barker, George Ella Lyon,Bill Best--voices that continue to influence me as do others writers that I have only read. Take time to seek out and read the Kentuckians that I am proud of, and discover how they have written about the complexities, the contradictions, the conflicts, the joys, and the sorrows of life in this place called Kentucky.


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