Pedigree Dogs: A Poem

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Our friend Casey LaFrance is back with a poem about an abuser and the scars she left. A native of the North Georgia mountains. Casey teaches political science and public administration in Illinois, where he has…

The Hills are Alive

Writer Anna Lea Jancewicz and her grandmother in the mining town of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, 1979.

There is another Appalachia, just as gritty as ours but across of the Mason-Dixon line. Anna Lea Jancewicz was born and half-raised there. With this stirring essay, she describes a landscape that might…

What Broke My Heart

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This prose poem is for you if your heart has broken—but not for a lover—broken because you looked at someone and saw how hard the world can be. It comes from Ellen Birkett Morris, the author of a poetry book called Surrender. Ellen…

Appalachian Documentaries Galore

Hand-painted shot from the vintage documentary Sunny Side of Life, which explores the musical legacy of The Carter Family. Photo by William Blanton.

Whether you’re looking to learn about hillbilly history or Ralph Stanley’s story, you’re in for a treat when you visit Bristol, Tennessee this winter. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is…

Strange New Appalachian Comic

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I could tell you that Story Time with Uncle Scratch is like nothing you’ve ever seen. It would be true but such an understatement. This new comic series is about young Moses Hatch,…

Cherokee Bark Baskets

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When Mark Green was nine years old, he needed to carry nuts and berries in something. That’s not an issue most of us encounter these days, but in Mark’s family,…

Nirvana: West Virginia Style

Photos provided by Aaron Blum.

Scan the rolling hilltops of West Virginia, and what would you expect to see—an old coal tipple, boulders, the crumbling remains of a settler’s cabin? How about a gilded palace with colorful…

A Poem: Bobby’s Suit Jacket

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This poem is for anyone who never had a pot to pee in; who shared a bedroom, shoes, maybe even a toothbrush because you couldn’t afford more than one. It’s for people…

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