The Story Behind the Story: “Post-Apocalypse Postcard from an Appalachian Chalet”

I grew up in Tennessee and spent many childhood vacations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which may be where I first imagined living away from civilization and surviving something like an apocalypse. (During my childhood in the seventies, nuclear apocalypses were popular subjects for YA books.) I’m including a picture of me as a little kid smelling the daffodils in the Tennessee mountains.
My upcoming book from Moon City Press, Field Guide to the End of the World, imagines all kinds of survival scenarios, from a girl living in an Appalachian chalet to camping out in the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. What would she eat? Where would she sleep? Who would she miss?  This is one of the pieces from that book.

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About Jeannine Gailey

Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She’s the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and Field Guide to the End of the World, coming from Moon City Press in 2016. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.