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 Darlene Franklin-Campbell is the author of three novels: I Listened, Momma (2011), Looking for Pork Chop McQuade (2012) and Touched (2013). She has also authored two poetry chapbooks Uncommon Clay (2012 winner of the Mary Ballard Poetry Award from Casey Shay Press) and Mountain Shadows (2015)


Her work has been featured in multiple publications, including Coal Country: Rising up Against Mountain Top Removal,Poetry: Other Voices International, Taproot Literary Review, Story South, New Orleans Review, New Madrid Literary Review, Enlightenment: Nourishing the Sacred Within and more. Her earlier works were published under the pseudonym, Nochipa Pablio.   

Darlene has also written two novels in the science fiction genre that are currently being slated for re-publication.

Born in one of Kentucky’s western-most Appalachian counties, Darlene has always been proud of her heritage and upon graduating college, chose to stay in the region and teach where she promotes the arts and literacy. Darlene teaches Art both in her local public school system and is the co-founder of Green River Arts in southern Kentucky where she serves as an instructor both in the Fine Arts and in Martial Arts.

Campbell holds an MA from Lindsey Wilson College. She is also an alumni of Campbellsville University and Western Kentucky University. She is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society alumni, winner of the Mary Ballard Chapbook Award and member of the Elizabeth Maddox Roberts Poetry Society.