The Soupbean Poets

This was a group of avant-garde poets established in 1975 by Robert “Bob” Snyder and P. J. Laska, faculty members at Antioch College/Appalachian, Beckley, WV, and student members: Gail V. Amburgey, Bob Henry Baber, David Chaffins, and Pauletta Hansel (who named the group) along with selected associates: Joseph Barrett, Mary Joan Coleman, Bonni McKeown, and Jim Webb. These poets were an important part of a grassroots literary movement which networked to promote the region’s literature and to voice regional concerns.