Chris Green

Director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center;
Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies;
Department Chair of Appalachian Studies

Contact Information

Stephenson Hall (Bruce-Trades), 123
CPO 2166
Phone: 859-985-3727

Spring 2019

Office Hours

Mon: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Chris Green

Class Schedule

  • APS 229 A (Tue/Thu: 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.)


  • Ph.D. English, University of Kentucky, 2004
  • M.S. Secondary Education, Indiana University, 1998
  • M.F.A. Poetry, Indiana University, 1996
  • M.A. English, Appalachian State University, 1993
  • B.A. English, University of Kentucky, 1991

Special Interests

  • Appalachian Studies
  • Multicultural American Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Birmingham School of Cultural Studies

Papers and Publications

  • The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism (Palgrave-Macmillan 2009, and winner of the Weatherford Award for the Best Nonfiction Book on Southern Appalachia),
  • Rushlight: Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2009)
  • Coal: A Poetry Anthology (Blair Mountain Press, 2006)
  • Radicalism in the South Since Reconstruction (Palgrave-Macmillan 2006, a co-edited collection of original scholarship).


Chris Green sees his work at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center as the most important he has yet undertaken.  His monograph, The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism, won the 2009 Weatherford Award for the best non-fiction book about Appalachia, and its first chapter is about Berea’s role in helping to establish the position of the White Mountaineer in the changing landscape of American racial discourse. From 2004 to 2012, Chris taught at Marshall University for the Department of English and the Graduate Humanities Program; he was also chair of Marshall’s General Education Council & helped refabricate the school’s Gen Ed program.

Chris grew up in Lexington and attended UK where Appalachian Studies answered his need to write poetry, know the world, and fight for justice.  He went on to earn his MA in English from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in Poetry and MS in secondary education at Indiana University, where he studied post-colonialism.  He returned to Lexington where he worked as a poet in the schools and edited Wind Magazine: A Journal of Writing and Community.   Trouble was, he kept writing essays about poetry and world change.

After returning to the academy & completing his Phd on multicultural American poetry, Chris also co-edited Radicalism in the South Since Reconstruction, a collection of scholarly essays, and edited Coal: A Poetry Anthology, a collection of 98 poets designed for non-academic readers, a book that one reviewer concluded was “significant and lasting contribution to Appalachian literature, and maybe more importantly, to the literature of a world coming to terms with how our resources and the ways we use them transform our lives.”  His own book of poetry is called Rushlight.   He is currently (August 2012) President and upcoming conference chair of the Appalachian Studies Association, and he is working on a book about antebellum Appalachian literature.  He also tries to write at least one haiku a day.