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MEETING THE CHANGING NEEDS OF Central Appalachia

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The inaugural issue of untelling includes work from 28 poets, 6 prose writers, and 14 artists from Appalachia and beyond!

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Check out our full line up of courses this Fall with The Makery! Learn more and register at hindman.org/themakery!

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In addition to serving as the Writer-In-Residence at the 47th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop next week, Marianne Worthington has three poems, including a book stack poem crafted in Mr. Stills library, in the inaugural issue of Untelling, the Settlements literary and arts magazine.

Read one of her pieces from Issue 1, Blue Night at the Nursing Home, and explore the other included works at https://bit.ly/3Rv76NH!

In addition to serving as the Writer-In-Residence at the 47th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop next week, Marianne Worthington has three poems, including a book stack poem crafted in Mr. Still’s library, in the inaugural issue of Untelling, the Settlement’s literary and arts magazine.

Read one of her pieces from Issue 1, Blue Night at the Nursing Home, and explore the other included works at bit.ly/3Rv76NH!
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In addition to serving as the Writer-In-Residence at the 47th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop next week, Marianne Worthington has three poems, including a book stack poem crafted in Mr. Stills library, in the inaugural issue of Untelling, the Settlements literary and arts magazine.

Read one of her pieces from Issue 1, Blue Night at the Nursing Home, and explore the other included works at https://bit.ly/3Rv76NH!

In addition to serving as the Writer-In-Residence at the 47th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop next week, Marianne Worthington has three poems, including a book stack poem crafted in Mr. Still’s library, in the inaugural issue of Untelling, the Settlement’s literary and arts magazine.

Read one of her pieces from Issue 1, Blue Night at the Nursing Home, and explore the other included works at bit.ly/3Rv76NH!
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Happy Birthday James Still! Today he would have turned 118 years old. 

Still was a poet, novelist and folklorist who lived most of his life in a log house in Knott County and on the campus of Hindman Settlement School. He was best known for the novel, “River of Earth,” which depicted the struggles of coal mining in eastern Kentucky, and his poem, Heritage, which talks of the drawing nature of these Appalachian mountains. 

Heritage, By James Still
 I shall not leave these prisoning hills
 Though they topple their barren heads to level earth
 And the forests slide uprooted out of the sky.
 Though the waters of Troublesome, of Trace Fork,
 Of Sand Lick rise in a single body to glean the valleys,
 To drown lush pennyroyal, to unravel rail fences;
 Though the sun-ball breaks the ridges into dust
 And burns its strength into the blistered rock
 I cannot leave. I cannot go away.
 Being of these hills, being one with the fox
 Stealing into the shadows, one with the new-born foal,
 The lumbering ox drawing green beech logs to mill,
 One with the destined feet of man climbing and descending,
 And one with death rising to bloom again, I cannot go.
 Being of these hills I cannot pass beyond.

Happy Birthday James Still! Today he would have turned 118 years old.

Still was a poet, novelist and folklorist who lived most of his life in a log house in Knott County and on the campus of Hindman Settlement School. He was best known for the novel, “River of Earth,” which depicted the struggles of coal mining in eastern Kentucky, and his poem, Heritage, which talks of the drawing nature of these Appalachian mountains.

"Heritage, By James Still
I shall not leave these prisoning hills
Though they topple their barren heads to level earth
And the forests slide uprooted out of the sky.
Though the waters of Troublesome, of Trace Fork,
Of Sand Lick rise in a single body to glean the valleys,
To drown lush pennyroyal, to unravel rail fences;
Though the sun-ball breaks the ridges into dust
And burns its strength into the blistered rock
I cannot leave. I cannot go away.
Being of these hills, being one with the fox
Stealing into the shadows, one with the new-born foal,
The lumbering ox drawing green beech logs to mill,
One with the destined feet of man climbing and descending,
And one with death rising to bloom again, I cannot go.
Being of these hills I cannot pass beyond."
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So honored to have known him personally. He was a great friend to our family. Happy heavenly birthday!

I REMEMBER JAMES STILL AS A LIBRARIAN AT THE LIBRARY I GRADUATED 1963 AND I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG HE WAS THEIR JAMES STILL WAS A REAL NICE MAN HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR STILL

I miss him so much ! I think of him daily !!!

He was a very close friend to my son, and helped him so much when he was in High School!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Still.

A good friend and teacher. He will never be forgotten. We have autographed copies of his books.

One of my best ALC memories. Bill Weinberg took me to James cabin to meet and talk to him. Dave Barber

Honored to have met and conversed with him a couple times, some years ago.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday 🎈🎉🎂

I think he foresaw the potentisl for a great flood. I remember when tbe Cumberland River flooded Harlan CountY in the 1950s. I think indians knew of floods, which is why they lived on top of mountains. Explorers said the valleys were choked with river cane, and bison in the cane. Rhododendron choked the sides of hills. I doubt that people lived much down there.

As a kid we ate breakfast with James Still every morning. What a gift.

Love River of Earth…

I used to have dinner with him every night his last book was dedicated to me.

HB

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Late in June we held our 3rd annual Ironwood Writers Studio, a week-long residency for high school students interested in creative writing. Students stayed on campus and worked with publishing writers Manuel Iris, Julia Watts, Lacy Snapp, Clint Waters, Jamey Temple, and George Ella Lyon. They also had sessions with local artists and educators Cyan Cox, Moriah Warner, and Tyler Barrett.

The week was full of writing, creating, and community building. Outside of classes, students took a trip to Yoder’s Country Market, the Knott County Farmers Market, and the Appalachian Artisan Center. They had a cosplay contest, trivia tournament, and had plenty of time to relax with each other around campus.

Read and see more about this event on our blog at https://bit.ly/3LlqXv7!Image attachmentImage attachment

Late in June we held our 3rd annual Ironwood Writers Studio, a week-long residency for high school students interested in creative writing. Students stayed on campus and worked with publishing writers Manuel Iris, Julia Watts, Lacy Snapp, Clint Waters, Jamey Temple, and George Ella Lyon. They also had sessions with local artists and educators Cyan Cox, Moriah Warner, and Tyler Barrett.

The week was full of writing, creating, and community building. Outside of classes, students took a trip to Yoder’s Country Market, the Knott County Farmers Market, and the Appalachian Artisan Center. They had a cosplay contest, trivia tournament, and had plenty of time to relax with each other around campus.

Read and see more about this event on our blog at bit.ly/3LlqXv7!
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We are thrilled to announce that Wes Browne will be joining us for an afternoon Q&A during this summers Workshop!

Wes Browne is the author of the novels THEY ALL FALL THE SAME and HILLBILLY HUSTLE. He has practiced law as a criminal defense attorney, prosecutor, and public defender in Appalachia for over 24 years. He also helps run his familys pizza shops.

Learn more about his work at https://bit.ly/3LmJBmz!

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We are thrilled to announce that Wes Browne will be joining us for an afternoon Q&A during this summer’s Workshop!

Wes Browne is the author of the novels THEY ALL FALL THE SAME and HILLBILLY HUSTLE. He has practiced law as a criminal defense attorney, prosecutor, and public defender in Appalachia for over 24 years. He also helps run his family’s pizza shops.

Learn more about his work at bit.ly/3LmJBmz!

#AppalachianWritersWorkshop #AWW24 #HindmanSettlementSchool
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Loved your first two books.

Troublesome Rising: An Evening of Art & Activism will take place on September 7 at The Southgate House Revival in Newport. The event will celebrate the release of Troublesome Rising: A Thousand-Year Flood in Eastern Kentucky from Fireside Industries. The book is a powerful anthology with well-known and emerging Appalachian writers creating an authentic space for processing and healing as they document and share the depth of the 2022 floods devastation in the region.

Purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/4csufZu and learn more on our blog at https://bit.ly/3W9aMpZ!

Troublesome Rising: An Evening of Art & Activism will take place on September 7 at The Southgate House Revival in Newport. The event will celebrate the release of Troublesome Rising: A Thousand-Year Flood in Eastern Kentucky from Fireside Industries. The book is a powerful anthology with well-known and emerging Appalachian writers creating an authentic space for processing and healing as they document and share the depth of the 2022 flood’s devastation in the region.

Purchase tickets at bit.ly/4csufZu and learn more on our blog at bit.ly/3W9aMpZ!
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Our first issue of Untelling, the new literary and arts magazine, is on its way to the printers!

Untelling will come out twice a year, in June and December, and will feature writers, photographers, and artists from across Appalachia and beyond. This inaugural issue, with cover photography from Justin Brown, includes work from 28 poets, 6 prose writers, and 14 artists!

This issue features those who have long been involved in the Hindman writing community and those who are brand new. There are several folks included who this is their first publication credit, all the way to familiar and well-established creators like West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman and local artist of “No Hate in My Holler” fame Lacy Hale.

Take a glimpse inside the issue and subscribe at https://bit.ly/4b3SDz1!

Our first issue of Untelling, the new literary and arts magazine, is on its way to the printers!

Untelling will come out twice a year, in June and December, and will feature writers, photographers, and artists from across Appalachia and beyond. This inaugural issue, with cover photography from Justin Brown, includes work from 28 poets, 6 prose writers, and 14 artists!

This issue features those who have long been involved in the Hindman writing community and those who are brand new. There are several folks included who this is their first publication credit, all the way to familiar and well-established creators like West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman and local artist of “No Hate in My Holler” fame Lacy Hale.

Take a glimpse inside the issue and subscribe at bit.ly/4b3SDz1!
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Our next class through The Makery begins in one week! Join Halle Hill for Gross: Writing from the Body beginning on May 4th! 

Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/3Id7WcU!

Our next class through The Makery begins in one week! Join Halle Hill for "Gross: Writing from the Body beginning on May 4th!

Learn more and register at bit.ly/3Id7WcU!
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