Growing up in Charleston, West Virginia, meant town and country storytelling all of the time. Her mother’s father was one of ten children, born to a coal miner in the New River Gorge. Her father’s mother mowed the grass in high heels on Virginia Street in Charleston into her nineties, having been a young adult cutting more than few rugs in the Roaring Twenties. It was, as they say, always on.
Gaucher’s published work appears in books by Westminster John Knox Press, Seventh Star Press, and Visibility Press. Her online essays and op-eds appear on River Teeth, The Revivalist: Word from the Appalachian South, Essays on Childhood, Esse Diem, and The Charleston Gazette.
A degree candidate for a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from WV Wesleyan College, Gaucher reads, writes, edits, creates, and dreams of her publication date in the New York Times. Or of an appearance on stage at Buckhannon’s Beer and Bards Reading Series. Either would be highly satisfying.
Putting thoughts, emotions, and stories into words has always held a transformative power for me. When that power illuminates childhood experience or spiritual truth in some way — or ideally, shines light on both — I know I’ve done something good.
– Elizabeth Gaucher