What has COVID-19 looked like in Appalachia? We've been documenting the pandemic since it hit our region last March — one full year of COVID-19. Through stories, photographs, oral histories, radio and storycircles, residents and media makers have built a new Appalshop project preserving what people experienced in these mountains this year. We're calling it "Creating in Place," and today, we're unveiling the full collection.
In this episode we hear from Carter Sickels about his second novel "The Prettiest Star." Set in 1986, the book tells the story of a young gay man living with HIV who leaves New York City and moves in with his family in rural Appalachian Ohio. Sickels reads from the novel, talks about his writing process, and describes the experience of getting to watch his first novel "The Evening Hour" come to life on film.
In this episode we talked with Matthew Algeo about his book "All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia." Algeo talks about why he wanted to tell this story, what he learned about Appalachia through writing this book, and some of the folks in eastern Kentucky he got to interview about their memories of RFK’s visit. Plus, we'll hear an excerpt of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech at Alice Lloyd College in 1968.
April is National Poetry Month - and so, we’re bringing you two episodes chock full of poetry written and read by Appalachian women. This is Part Two, and in it, we’ll hear from Savannah Sipple, Ansel Elkins, and George Ella Lyon. Hope you enjoy!