Pocahontas Press

Publisher info

Pocahontas Press Pocahontas Press is a tiny publishing company in Blacksburg, Virginia, dedicated to bringing the best of Appalachia to the readers of the world.

Mary Holliman started Pocahontas Press in 1985, publishing her father’s autobiography – A Teacher’s Story -- plus two manuals on healthy living for third-graders and their parents. During that quarter-century, she published a wide range of books from poetry to autobiography to history. Mary died in August of 2010.

In May of 2011, my husband Michael and I acquired Pocahontas Press.

I have always been interested in reading and books and have a bachelor of arts degree in English. Michael ran a family commercial printing business for 17 years and is well-versed in the technical side of printing and is now a writer, with eight books and hundreds of published articles to his credit.

Sharing Mary's original vision that EVERYONE, no matter how "ordinary," has a story that needs to be told, we aim to help that story get told in a form that can be preserved for posterity.

Since we've taken over, we've published several new books, in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Do you have a book in you? Michael and I are now actively taking on more projects.

Jane Abraham, PhD, principal

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I love the feedback I get from readers. My books are hyper-local, with the novels all set in my area of Virginia and West Virginia, and the non-fiction books are about the history and culture of the area. Every reader from the area identifies with someone or somewhere I've written about. It's great hearing from them.
What are you working on next?
Marketing! After eight books released in eight years, I'm taking a writing break, spending my time with my other business ventures, with volunteering, and with marketing the current books.
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Where to buy in print

Chasing the Powhatan Arrow
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 209,540. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Chasing the Powhatan Arrow is a travelogue in economic geography, exploring the history, geography, culture, economy and future of the corridor from Norfolk, Virginia to Cincinnati, Ohio, following the rail line of that former N&W passenger line.
Rhymes & Reflections
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Poetry » Female authors
Nellie Gray Canterbury's book of poetry displays her humor and seriousness about her many disappointment and hurts of her life.
The Visit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,920. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Nellie Gray Canterbury's novel about two sisters sharing their parents past takes the reader back to the early 1900s in West Virginia.
Orange, VA
You set the price! Words: 75,790. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Sally Taliaferro Bradley is stricken with breast cancer while running for Virginia's Lt. Governor. She wins, but in her infirmity she is prevented from ascending to the Governorship by her political opponents. She, her twin sister Marjorie Taliaferro and her sister's lover Liza lay forth plans to recapture Sally's position.
Smoke from Small Fires
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 111,890. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Picture 1950s Blackshale, Tennessee, with its home fires, small town ways and postwar innocence. An artistic spark smolders in Anna Grace Tollett, and when the mountain turns dark and unnerving, creativity is all she has to weather hard times. In Smoke From Small Fires, happily off-tilt characters, bizarre events and a gamut of emotions stack up like a collage layered with compelling details.
War, WV
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 71,860. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Tragedy strikes often in the coal country of Southern West Virginia, one of America’s poorest places. Too often the tragedies are caused by corporate malevolence. When a coal impoundment dam upstream of War, West Virginia, collapses, sending a raging black torrent of death through the hollow, Lucas “Pug” Graham and a band of survivors decide that justice must be done.
Providence, VA
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 132,300. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Providence, VA is a novel of inner strength found in adversity, where an emerging adult faces harsh realities and finds life, love, and respect in a challenging situation.
Harmonic Highways
Price: $8.95 USD. Words: 115,440. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2011 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Motorcycling
Motorcycling Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, The Crooked Road A rollicking, exuberant journey through the spiritual heart and soul of Appalachia in search of musicians, luthiers, promoters, artists, athletes, coal miners, and playwrights. This journey, told with passion, poignancy, and humor, will delight every adventurer, whether on two wheels, four wheels, or a living room recliner.
Union, WV
You set the price! Words: 71,860. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2010 by Pocahontas Press. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » General
Wayne Derek Quarles wins no sainthood awards. Within the span of a week, his malevolence causes him to lose his job, his Hummer, and his wife. On his way to visit an elderly great-uncle in tiny Union, West Virginia, Wayne’s life turns even more wretched as injuries force him to stay for awhile. Union, WV is a story of healing and redemption in contemporary Appalachia.


The Gyroscope of Life; Understanding Balances (and Imbalances) in Nature
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,800. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Biology, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Ecology & Environment
Key biological principles have existential implications. In warm, folksy language, this book covers topics such as Mother Nature’s house rules, gender blending and bending, the human species as an ecological malignancy, and the Faustian bargain that agriculture and plant domestication represent. Throughout, Parrish holds that life behaves gyroscopically, an amazing, self-correcting machine. At lea

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