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Mtn. Talk: Tell It On The Mountain

Mtn. Talk: Tell It On The Mountain



This month we’re celebrating Women’s History in the mountains and beyond.  In this episode of Mountain Talk, we’re drawing from our Archives. In 1995, then WMMT producer Maxine Kenny recorded 15 Appalachian women writers talking about their lives and reading their work.  The recordings were edited into an audio series, Tell It On The Mountain narrated by Poet Nikki Giovanni.

The series is made up of interviews with Jo Carson, Lou Crabtree, Denise Giardina, Wilma Dykeman, Michelle Y. Green, Barbara Kingsolver, George Ella Lyon, Bobbie Ann Mason, Sharyn McCrumb, Rita Quillen, Mary Lee Settle, Ann Shelby, and Lee Smith.  And with Marilou Awiakta and Nikki Giovanni whose interviews and readings you’ll hear on this episode.

Tell It On The Mountain aired nationwide on public radio stations in 1995 & 1996, and title music on the series was arranged and played by John McCutcheon.  An accompying booklet was produced from which the following photos come:


Marilou Awiakta is a Cherokee & Appalachian poet from Oakridge, Tennessee.

First, we’ll hear Marilou Awiakta reading some of her poetry, and talking about her life with Nikki Giovanni.  Then we’ll hear Nikki Giovanni herself, discussing her own writing and reading some of her work.

Nikki Giovanni is an Affrilachian poet from Knoxville, Tennessee.





appalachian history,
arts & culture,
Marilou Awiakta,
Nikki Giovanni,
Tell It On The Mountain,
Women's History Month,