Dawn Coppock is an East Tennessee attorney who literally wrote the book on Tennessee adoption law. Her speciality is connecting kids with loving adoptive parents. When she is not baking some of her award winning fruit pies, she is also an avid writer of poetry, and has frequently read her poems on WDVX radio's live "Tennessee Shines" program. Coppock's work has appeared in several journals, such as Wind and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. Her first book of poetry, AS SWEET AS IT'S GOING TO GET, was released from Sapling Grove Press in January 2015. See the "our books" section of this web site to preview or purchase a copy of this poetry collection.
Author photo by Leo Coppock-Seal.
Praise for As Sweet As It's Going To Get:
"When I open a book of poetry and come across a line like “Hip deep in weedy mystery," I know I’m in for quite an experience. And so I was. Reading poem after poem in Dawn Coppock’s first book of poetry, As Sweet As It’s Going to Get, I realized that I was hearing a voice completely believable, at home in her place and her language, yet able to cast an unsentimental eye on where she comes from and how she became the woman she is. Be warned, Coppock's mysteries are indeed sturdy as weeds, with stubborn roots that refuse to be pulled free of their source. Her voice speaks to the losses, gifts, rage, and determination of one passionate woman named Dawn Coppock, who speaks her poet’s journey in words as powerful these: "I only regret that we cannot have/ all the names/ of all the mothers/ who fan out behind us/ like a richly embroidered train.”
-- Kathryn Stripling Byer, former North Carolina Poet Laureate, and author Wildwood Flower and Descent
"This book is full of wisdom and humor and food and people and a sense of place I know like the back of my hand. It's earthy and smart and funny, just like Dawn. A treasure, whether you're from Appalachia, or just curious about it."
-- Kathy Mattea, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, and social and environmental activist