Literary

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If you are reading this, you are likely familiar with Hindman Settlement School’s very successful dyslexia program that has been helping children with learning differences be able to read on grade level for over forty years. You have probably heard about our traditional arts programs that preserve the legacy and heritage of Appalachian music, dance, …

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Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative Gathers on Campus

This past weekend, October 21-23, we were delighted to host the 48th annual fall gathering of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative (SAWC) on campus.  The celebration is multi-faceted.  This was our first time since the flood to host a group retreat. We held a rescheduled reading by writer Beth Macy (author of Dopesick) in early October which …

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First Writer-in-residence

It seems cliché to say that telling our stories is empowering, because we know it is. Folks get up and testify in church. We sit with a therapist to discuss our traumas. We gather with friends to share our joys and sorrows. We write in a journal to remember important life events.  It also seems cliché to say that experiencing the creative works of others is empowering, because we …

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Ironwood

I first came to the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop in 2015. I was from the Great Lakes region of Ohio and had been living in southeast Kentucky for 5 years, and my sense of myself as a writer, as an Appalachian writer, would change forever that week. Writing is often a solitary endeavor, with the author scribbling or typing away …

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Call For Seeds!

Winter may be settling in, but here at the Hindman Settlement School, we have our eyes set on the marvelous growing season to come! As we prepare this year’s agricultural programming, we are asking for any donations of seeds that we can give away to our community members at next month’s Seed Swap. We would …

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Announcing the Jeff Daniel Marion Scholarship for Appalachian Writers

The world lost a well-respected writer, teacher, and Appalachian son, on July 29, 2021. In memory of this wonderful soul, Jeff Daniel Marion, Linda Parsons established the Jeff Daniel Marion Scholarship for Appalachian Writers at Hindman Settlement School. Danny taught creative writing at Carson-Newman College from 1969 until he retired in 2002, receiving numerous awards and …

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Fireside Industries Wins Two IPPY Awards

Fireside Industries, the literary imprint of Hindman Settlement School in partnership with the University Press of Kentucky, is pleased to announce two recent titles have received recognition through Independent Publisher Book Awards, commonly known as IPPYs. Silver Award for Regional Non-Fiction: For The Hog Killing, 1979 (Berry) Tanya Berry reveals intimate, expressive moments: the teams …

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Restoring the James Still Cottage | #KyGives

One of the Settlement’s projects for Kentucky Gives Day 2021 is to restore the historic James Still cottage on our campus in order to preserve the legacy of our longtime writer-in-residence and the man who brought about a renaissance for Appalachian literature during his prolific career. When complete, the restoration will preserve this historic structure, …

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