James (Jim) Ralston lives on three and a half acres between Rocky Gap Creek and Evitts Creek outside of Cumberland, Maryland, a post-industrial town trying to find its way forward. This land and this Appalachian town are the settings for Lyrics for a Low Noon, to be published this spring by Blue Light Press in San Francisco. Ralston teaches English and Play Production at Blue Ridge Technical and Community College, Martinsburg, West Virginia. His publications include The Choice of Emptiness, The Appalachian Grammar Shop, and numerous essays and poems in the Sun: A Magazine of Ideas.
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