A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Mountain Musicians

ongs for Justice | Reel World String Band Story by Jillian Randel In 1977, a group of twenty-five women in Kentucky gathered their instruments to perform for the International Day of Women. Of that group, four women (later joined by

Extraordinary Educators

Marie Daly | Founder of Ivy Academy By Jesse Wood In the fall of 2009, Marie Daly founded Ivy Academy, a unique and successful tuition-free charter school outside of Chattanooga, Tenn. After teaching English for 20 years and witnessing apathetic

Marvelous Artists

Kari Gunter-Seymour | The Art of Empowerment By Jillian Randel Three years ago, Kari Gunter-Seymour was sitting at her monthly potluck supper surrounded by her closest female friends, when she had a vision. “People think of an Appalachian woman and

Saluting the Women I Want to Be

By Jamie Goodman My grandmother was a true Appalachian mountain woman. She stood a mere 5 feet 2 inches, but she was as tall as a tree in my eyes. Her skin was weathered by years of working on the

News & Notes from the Organization

A Special Thanks to Mast Store and Patagonia Appalachian Voices would like to give special thanks to Mast General Store and Patagonia Footwear who joined forces to help support us this past September. For the entire month, the two companies

The Coal Report

EPA Vetoes Spruce Mountaintop Removal Mine Permit By Jamie Goodman On January 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a veto of the largest proposed mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. Arch Coal’s “Spruce Mine #1” permit would

Editorial and Viewpoint

Environmental News From Across the Region

Google Sees the Forests… and all the Trees! On December 2nd, Google Inc., announced an ambitious 21st century innovation to help protect and monitor the World’s precious forests. Via their Google Earth Engine, the company seeks to enable scientists and

The Heart of the Mountaintop Removal Movement

When Ollie “Widow” Combs laid down in front of a bulldozer that was preparing to strip-mine her Kentucky farm in 1965, it’s doubtful that she realized her actions to protect her land would grow into a movement. Today, women’s voices

Following the Foothills Trail

By Jennifer Pharr Davis For this issue, we asked Jennifer Pharr Davis— long-distance hiking queen from Asheville, N.C.— to profile her favorite hike in Appalachia. Davis has hiked more than 9,000 miles, including the Appalachian Trail (twice!), the Pacific Crest