A publication of Appalachian Voices

A publication of Appalachian Voices

Two Women Working on Sustaina-Builda-bility

Chris McCurry of Highland Craftsmen, Inc. By Alli Marshall It was the old chestnut-bark siding that provided the inspiration. Though the chestnut blight has destroyed mature American chestnut trees, Chris McCurry wondered why the once-popular shingles couldn’t be duplicated in

Prodigious Writers

Amazing Appalachian Authors The authors below represent a mix of both regionally and nationally renowned authors, but all grew up in Appalachia and were inspired to take from what they learned and saw. Stories about the people, places and lifestyles

Cultural Legacy

Joy Lynn Getting the “Coal” Experience at Whipple Store By Jillian Randel Traveling down County Route 612 somewhere between Oak Hill and Scarbro, W.Va., you will find one of the oldest wooden coal camp company stores still in business- the

Mountain Media

Ada Smith and the Stay Project Seeing Appalachia Not Just as Birthplace, but Home By Anna Oakes As a young adult, Ada Smith realized that few groups were focused on organizing youth in Appalachia—much fewer than in other regions. Smith,

The Women of Appalachia: One of our most powerful natural resources

The Formidable, Fearless and Fantastic Women of Appalachia Story by Bill Kovarik Fearless women settled Appalachia – and are still fighting for it. Alongside men, they plowed fields, put up food, kept the family and faced conflict. Women like Mary

Health and Community

Minnie Vance Sixty Years of Open-Door Healthcare By Katherine Vance When I was asked to write a 500 word feature about my grandmother, Dr. Minnie Vance, I admit that I almost turned the assignment down. I was incredibly intimated. How

Amazing Affrilachians

Kelly Ellis | Helping Students Tell Their Stories By Jillian Randel

Magnificent Cherokee

Marilou Awiakta | Writing Culture, Gender…Atoms By Jared Schultz “I am a Cherokee-Appalachian woman who grew up with the atom,” writer Marilou Awiakta stated as we discussed her work and mission as a poet, storyteller and essayist. The seventh generation

Heroic Environmentalists

Ann Pickel Harris | Safety Is the Tie That Binds By Sarah Vig The truth will out, as Shakespeare says, and in Tennessee, Ann Harris is around to help it along. Harris, 71, has become something of a mentor for