Welcome to Pocahontas Press!

Pocahontas Press is a tiny publishing company in Blacksburg, Virginia, dedicated to bringing the best of Appalachia to the readers of the world. 

Mary Holliman started Pocahontas Press in 1985, publishing her father’s autobiography – A Teacher’s Story -- plus two manuals on healthy living for third-graders and their parents. During that quarter-century, she published a wide range of books from poetry to autobiography to history. Mary died in August of 2010.

In May of 2011, my husband Michael and I acquired Pocahontas Press.

I have always been interested in reading and books and have a bachelor of arts degree in English. Michael ran a family commercial printing business for 17 years and is well-versed in the technical side of printing and is now a writer, with eight books and hundreds of published articles to his credit.

Sharing Mary's original vision that EVERYONE, no matter how "ordinary," has a story that needs to be told, we aim to help that story get told in a form that can be preserved for posterity.

Since we've taken over, we've published several new books, in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Do you have a book in you? Michael and I are now actively taking on more projects.  Please visit this website often and stay in touch with us.

Jane Abraham, PhD


Blacksburg, Virginia