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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

S. B. Merrow: A Becoming Place

A pop-up wilderness west of the Piedmont,
folded land of sudden impediments
scored by creeks and runs

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: I Quit The Black Eyed Peas. Then They Became Famous.

Kim Hill was a rising singer. She met a young rapper named will.i.am. As their group became famous, she had to make a decision about what kind of performer she wanted to be and how she wanted to be perceived as a woman among men.

December 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Being Poor

It can be waiting
And telling your children to wait
Wait their whole childhoods away.
It’s knowing they blame you.

September 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Nora Brown plays two old-time banjo tunes

In a mesmerizing set, musician Nora Brown breathes new life into two old-time banjo tunes: “East Virginia” and “John Brown’s Dream.” An evocative performance paired with a quick history of the banjo’s evolution.

June 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mark Allan Jackson: Reactionaries love it, but country music has a progressive heart

Right from the start, country music spoke up with a progressive voice.

June 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mason Adams: How to Restore a Million Acres of Strip-Mined Land? Bring in the Elk

Central Appalachia reintroduced the species to restore wildlife habitat—and help devastated economies. Here’s what happened next. The camera wasn’t where it was supposed to be. Clad in chest waders and … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Women of These Hills — 3 Cultures of Appalachia

. Three Appalachian women in their 80’s share their stories of growing up in the rural regions of the Appalachian mountains. Take a glimpse into their lives as they share … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

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