Books by Steven R. Cope
Cope has taught literature and writing at
Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and the University of Kentucky.
His work has appeared in over 200 literary magazines and journals across the country, winning prizes or awards from The Kentucky Arts Council, The Academy of American Poets, Borestone Mountain, and others.
Though Cope's themes are far-reaching, he has always maintained,
stylistically and otherwise, a conscious independence both inspired and
nurtured by his Eastern Kentucky Appalachian heritage. His poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
and twice been anthologized in
Best Poems of the Year. He served a two-year term as
Wind Magazine and Wind Publications during which time he edited George Ella Lyon's
Catalpa (1993), Charles Semones' Hard Love (1994), and Everett Donaldson's
Raccoon John Smith (1993). In 1995 he returned to music, began teaching guitar, signed with
BMI, and wrote and produced singer Star Johnson's album Judas-Tree Ridge which won Airplay International's Trailblazer Award in