Leatherwood Falls Blue Ridge Mountain Poems is a collection of poems about the heritage, history, and beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ledford wrote the book in memory of her brother, Harold Ledford, who was a native of Blue Ridge. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was a law enforcement officer for the Clay County, NC Sheriff's Office 30 years until his retirement. This book shares memories and paints a vivid mural of life in Appalachia.
Brenda Kay Ledford is an award-winning author. She's received the Paul Green Multimedia Award a dozen times from NC Society of Historians. Her work has appeared in many journals including Our State, Asheville Poetry Review, Appalachian Heritage, and 50 Old Mountain Press anthologies.
Lovers of images will treasure “Leatherwood Falls,” as Brenda Kay Ledford makes memories of her brother, Harold. This book is a eulogy in poetry, invites life and love to engage the reader. This book will take you home and to the Blue Ridge Mountains.Mary Ricketson, author of "I Hear the River Call My Name"
The reader is taken on a mountain hike where she names the wildflowers, birds, through the eyes of her brother. She takes us to childhood days and as he left for Vietnam. We see an ordinary man who is not ordinary in the eyes of his sister. Ledford writes in various poetic forms staying true to her task of honoring her brother.Glenda C. Beall, North Carolina Writer's Network-West Program Coordinator
Brenda Kay Ledford captures the essence of life for those who grew up in the shadow of Shewbird Mountain. This tribute to Harold brings back a simpler time, but appeals to those who appreciate family and place.William Larry Groves, Colonel, United States Marine Corps (retired)