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MEETING THE CHANGING NEEDS OF Central Appalachia

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING RESIDENCY

IRONWOOD WRITERS STUDIO:
JUNE 23-28

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Honoring the past, improving the present, and planning for the future of central Appalachia.

Since our founding in 1902, Hindman Settlement School has evolved to meet the changing needs of the region. The Settlement’s work today includes education and service programs that address the critical needs of youth and families while promoting the rich traditional arts of Appalachia.

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Reuben Morgan was born in Knott County, Kentucky on November 23, 1895 to Robert and Orleana Morgan. His passion for agriculture blossomed during his time at the Settlement School. Upon completing his studies, he pursued higher education for two years until the outbreak of World War I. Responding to the call of duty, he enlisted in the US Army and served in the 31st Infantry until his discharge in October 1919.

Returning to Knott County after his military service, Reuben secured a position as a groundskeeper at Hindman Settlement School. It was during this time that he met and married Lucille Frances, with whom he had two daughters. They raised their family in nearby Leslie County.

Reuben Morgan passed away on March 20, 1968, leaving behind a legacy of service, dedication, and love for his family and community.

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Reuben Morgan was born in Knott County, Kentucky on November 23, 1895 to Robert and Orleana Morgan. His passion for agriculture blossomed during his time at the Settlement School. Upon completing his studies, he pursued higher education for two years until the outbreak of World War I. Responding to the call of duty, he enlisted in the US Army and served in the 31st Infantry until his discharge in October 1919.

Returning to Knott County after his military service, Reuben secured a position as a groundskeeper at Hindman Settlement School. It was during this time that he met and married Lucille Frances, with whom he had two daughters. They raised their family in nearby Leslie County.

Reuben Morgan passed away on March 20, 1968, leaving behind a legacy of service, dedication, and love for his family and community.

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Didn't know him but remember seeing him

I love seeing these Flashback Friday posts. 🙂

He was there whin I stayed in the settlement.

Greta Gilbert this is our first cousin 4x removed, through Grandma Hicks.

Great story!

Love this picture and story

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🚨 CREATIVE NON-FICTION FACULTY UPDATE 🚨

While Jeff Mann will no longer be facilitating the creative non-fiction section at this summers gathering, we are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Corcoran will be stepping in as our creative non-fiction faculty member.

Jonathan Corcoran is the author of the memoir, No Son of Mine (April 2024, University Press of Kentucky), and the story collection, The Rope Swing (2016, WVU Press), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and long-listed for The Story Prize. His essays and stories have been published and anthologized widely, including in Salvation South, Still: The Journal, Best Gay Stories, and the Oxford University Press textbook, How Writing Works. He received a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. Jonathan teaches writing at New York University and in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Learn more and apply today at www.hindman.org/workshop!

🚨 CREATIVE NON-FICTION FACULTY UPDATE 🚨

While Jeff Mann will no longer be facilitating the creative non-fiction section at this summer’s gathering, we are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Corcoran will be stepping in as our creative non-fiction faculty member.

Jonathan Corcoran is the author of the memoir, No Son of Mine (April 2024, University Press of Kentucky), and the story collection, The Rope Swing (2016, WVU Press), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and long-listed for The Story Prize. His essays and stories have been published and anthologized widely, including in Salvation South, Still: The Journal, Best Gay Stories, and the Oxford University Press textbook, How Writing Works. He received a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. Jonathan teaches writing at New York University and in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Learn more and apply today at www.hindman.org/workshop!
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The Little Company, a traveling theater troupe made up of college students from Morehead State University, brought the magic of Appalachian storytelling to students at Jones Fork and Beaver Elementary Schools late last month. More than 290 students were swept into the tale of heroic friends on dangerous adventure to rescue a kind princess from an evil witch in "Jack’s Adventures with the King’s Girl."

Theater students at Morehead State and the Little Company adapted this play from a traditional Appalachian Jack-tale, a common genre of traditional Appalachian folk tales.The show features many wacky characters, lots of audience participation, and live music and sound effects to emphasize the ways in which we can truly bring stories to life.

The Settlement is grateful for our continued partnership with The Little Company and Morehead State University’s Theater Department to bring free theatrical experiences to Knott County students.

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Thanks to the generosity of Lucille Little

Great Photos and a great group of Little The Little Company actors!

At the Appalachian Studies Association Conference in early March, Literary Arts Director Melissa Helton lead two panel performances of writers reading their work from the forthcoming anthology Troublesome Rising: A Thousand-Year Flood in Eastern Kentucky, due out in September on the Settlement School’s publishing imprint Fireside Industries. 

Writers read selections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and there was a lot of sadness, love, and support in the room as people remembered their experiences of the tragic July 2022 flash flooding that hit Knott County and surrounding communities.

Read more in todays blog at https://bit.ly/3TTKjwv!

At the Appalachian Studies Association Conference in early March, Literary Arts Director Melissa Helton lead two panel performances of writers reading their work from the forthcoming anthology Troublesome Rising: A Thousand-Year Flood in Eastern Kentucky, due out in September on the Settlement School’s publishing imprint Fireside Industries.

Writers read selections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and there was a lot of sadness, love, and support in the room as people remembered their experiences of the tragic July 2022 flash flooding that hit Knott County and surrounding communities.

Read more in today’s blog at bit.ly/3TTKjwv!
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So glad to share photos of all these beautiful writers. Was such a privilege to hear everyone read their pieces in person. ♡

Were excited to introduce you to Chrystal, one of three fantastic ReadingCorps members serving at Carr Creek Elementary in Knott County.

Chrystal has been with the Settlement since 2021 and enjoys working alongside her students to help them achieve their reading goals. She has spent her entire adult life working or volunteering in schools. Outside of her service, Chrystal is a wife and mother of a teenage daughter. Her passion is photography and she loves capturing people and events through her lens and sharing that joy with others. 

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We’re excited to introduce you to Chrystal, one of three fantastic ReadingCorps members serving at Carr Creek Elementary in Knott County.

Chrystal has been with the Settlement since 2021 and enjoys working alongside her students to help them achieve their reading goals. She has spent her entire adult life working or volunteering in schools. Outside of her service, Chrystal is a wife and mother of a teenage daughter. Her passion is photography and she loves capturing people and events through her lens and sharing that joy with others.

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📢 📢 REGISTER TODAY TO BEGIN PROSING YOUR WAY THROUGH POETRY! 📢 📢

The prose poem as we know it today was “invented” as a type of subversive activity: to escape the rules of strict meter and rhyme that defined most poetry in the 19th century. Today the prose poem, while not broken into lines of verse, uses other techniques unique to poetry such as image, metaphor, and sound. This generative workshop, conducted over three weekly Zoom class periods, will allow us to explore and experiment in writing prose poems and other forms that are constructed using blocks of prose, such as the haibun. The three live class periods will be supplemented with asynchronous readings, lectures, and exercises. Suitable for all writers, these classes can strengthen our skills as a poet, memoirist, and/or storyteller. 

Class begins June 1! Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/3IbjQDR!

📢 📢 REGISTER TODAY TO BEGIN PROSING YOUR WAY THROUGH POETRY! 📢 📢

The prose poem as we know it today was “invented” as a type of subversive activity: to escape the rules of strict meter and rhyme that defined most poetry in the 19th century. Today the prose poem, while not broken into lines of verse, uses other techniques unique to poetry such as image, metaphor, and sound. This generative workshop, conducted over three weekly Zoom class periods, will allow us to explore and experiment in writing prose poems and other forms that are constructed using blocks of prose, such as the haibun. The three live class periods will be supplemented with asynchronous readings, lectures, and exercises. Suitable for all writers, these classes can strengthen our skills as a poet, memoirist, and/or storyteller.

Class begins June 1! Learn more and register at bit.ly/3IbjQDR!
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I had an amazing, life-changing experience at Hindman. I am so grateful for the community and the space.

Discover our community by joining us this summer at the 47th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop. Apply by May 1 at www.Hindman.org/workshop!

"I had an amazing, life-changing experience at Hindman. I am so grateful for the community and the space."

Discover our community by joining us this summer at the 47th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop. Apply by May 1 at www.Hindman.org/workshop!
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“Brilliant . . . Taylor’s tuned to a visionary frequency you’ve never heard or imagined. Get ready to fly.” -Ann Pancake, author of Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley

Glenn Taylor, author of the Juniper Prize for Fiction Award-winning novel The Songs of Betty Baach, will lead one of two novel sections from July 21-26, 2024 at the Appalachian Writers Workshop. Learn more and apply today at www.Hindman.org/workshop!

“Brilliant . . . Taylor’s tuned to a visionary frequency you’ve never heard or imagined. Get ready to fly.” -Ann Pancake, author of Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley

Glenn Taylor, author of the Juniper Prize for Fiction Award-winning novel The Songs of Betty Baach, will lead one of two novel sections from July 21-26, 2024 at the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop. Learn more and apply today at www.Hindman.org/workshop!
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We have a new course option available through The Makery! If you are looking for a community to support and spur you on in your writing? Our monthly generative writing workshops are what you need! Facilitated by Neema Avashia, these sessions will give you to tools you need to foster creativity in your writing. Sign up for one session or bundle all the sessions at Hindman.org/themakery!

We have a new course option available through The Makery! If you are looking for a community to support and spur you on in your writing? Our monthly generative writing workshops are what you need! Facilitated by Neema Avashia, these sessions will give you to tools you need to foster creativity in your writing. Sign up for one session or bundle all the sessions at Hindman.org/themakery! See MoreSee Less

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