Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill by Kimberly J. Simms


Kimberly Simms writes with eloquence and empathy about an important part of Southern history too often neglected.”

–Ron Rash, Author of Serena, A New York Times bestseller and PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist


“I’ve been reading the Lindy Lee poems for over a decade now, and I’m delighted to see them collected in a volume that amplifies their individual power. In the tradition of Ron Rash, Cathy Smith Bowers, and Linda Ferguson, Kimberly Simms has chronicled the lives of textile workers in the Carolinas with historical accuracy, imaginative insight, and lyrical grace.”

–Dr. Gilbert Allen, Author of Catma, Robert Penn Warren Prize Winner


“Focused on a life sewn into mill town culture of the early twentieth century and on through the sixties, Kimberly SimmsLindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill reignite an important (but often forgotten) crux of the South’s history. These are not lugubrious, nostalgia-laden poems longing for a South that never was: they are, in sum, a beautiful lens through which to celebrate and record the joys and hardships of a charged, mythic, and sweat-soaked place, its kin and kith, and the microcosmic realities that gather to form a dynamism, a culture still moving, abiding in memory and the heart.”

–William Wright,  Author of Tree Heresies, Georgia Author of the Year, 2016


“Innovative and entertaining. Often Simms reminds me of Rita Dove’s THOMAS AND BEULAH, the ability to capture a whole human life in only a few carefully-crafted lines. Simms blends the folk-road with the erudite, makes the plain-spoken country-speak stand for the deepest spiritual constructs with our souls. I’ve read this collection several times for the delight and the surprise.  I strongly suspect other readers will too. What a new craftsman is here!”



“With an eye for keen and often surprising details, Kimberly Simms captures the cadence, the splendor, and the heartache of the lives of Southern textile mill workers. These poems of sorrow, joy, and redemption are the sort of literary experience that stick with you longer after the final line has fallen into an echo.”
–Ryan G. Van Cleave, author of UNLOCKED and LANDSCAPE & DREAM




Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill

by Kimberly J. Simms

$19.99, Full-length, paper

Kimberly Simms is an award winning poet, mother, and educator. She is the 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-in-Residence and a scholar on the SC Humanities Council’s speaker’s bureau. Her poetry has appeared in Aji Magazine, Broad River Review, Poem, The South Carolina Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, Eclipse and many more.  Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. You can learn more about her at


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