Retracing My Steps is available from Finishing Line Press, Lexington Art League, Kentucky Artisan Center, and Amazon

"Jayne Moore Waldrop’s  Retracing My Steps is presented as a chapbook but the power of the poems inside give it the force of a fully achieved book. Waldrop’s voice is strong, clear, confident, convincing. The nineteen poems, several two pages in length, reflect the mature consciousness of a strong, observant woman who shares what she sees and hears, thinks, experiences and remembers. An occasional colloquial touch in some of the poems grounds the writing in regional earth. Retracing My Steps is a solid achievement."

Gurney Norman, Kentucky Poet Laureate 2009-2010, Author of Divine Right’s Trip and Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories

"In this debut chapbook, Jayne Moore Waldrop maps her own and her family’s journey with a clear eye and a steady voice….An added gift of these carefully crafted poems is how they call us to consider our own journeys. I look forward to where Waldrop will take us next."

George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate 2015-2016, author of Many-Storied House: Poems and Where I’m From

If you’d like to read more of Jayne’s work, check out these links.


"For What It's Worth," Appalachian Review, Fall 2020. 


"Signs," Anthology of Appalachian Writers Volume XI (2019).

View from Within,” Sequestrum Literature & Art, 2018.

Mint Springs,” selected Judge’s Choice in the 2016 Still Journal Fiction Contest, judged by Amy Greene.

Dry Ground,” Appalachian Heritage, Special Fiction Section: Deep Waters, Spring 2016

A Score Lower Than My Age,” Deep South Magazine, December 2015.

Tidings,” Luna Station Quarterly, 2015.


What I've Learned in a Pandemic," In Isolation: An Anthology (2020)


"The Night Earth Stepped In," "The Year We Fell Apart," and "Near El Paso on the Feast of the Holy Innocents," Appalachian Review, Fall 2020.


"Ashes, Ashes," Still: The Journal, Fall 2020 


"Mantle of Invisibility" and "Eclipse," Women Speak Anthology: The Women of Appalachia Project Volume 5.


"Drowned Town," "Retracing My Steps," "Expat Elegy," Anthology of Appalachian Writers Volume (2018). 

Coming through Cumberland Gap," The Paddock Review, Spring 2018.

"Drowned Town," Kentucky Monthly, 2018 Penned Poetry Contest.


Book reviews and columns

At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life by Fenton Johnson, Appalachian Review, Summer 2020.

These Are March’s Must-Read Books by Kentucky Authors,”

Courier-Journal, March 2017.

The Man Who Loved Birds by Fenton Johnson,

Appalachian Heritage, Summer 2016.

Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America’s Most Radical Idea by Erik Reece

Appalachian Heritage, Fall 2016.

Regional Books for the Holidays

Courier-Journal, December 2016.

Garth Greenwell: From Flunking English to Celebrated Author,

Courier-Journal, February 2016.

Creative Nonfiction

"Dog and Bone," Deep South Magazine, June 2019.

"Life on the Backside," Kentucky Monthly, 2013. 


"Being Santa," Kentucky Monthly, 2013.