ABOUT FIRESIDE INDUSTRIES
UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KENTUCKY
As the publisher of a number of groundbreaking works about—and for—Appalachia, one of our goals is to place Appalachian dynamics in the context of global change and to show why place-based and regional studies still matter. Our topics of interest range from diversity and social inequalities to geography and political economy—from efforts to confront regional stereotypes to literature, the arts, and the ongoing social construction and re-imagination of Appalachia. We are pleased to join with Hindman Settlement School to encourage, support, and nurture the diverse and rich voices of Appalachia.
HINDMAN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL
A remarkable number of writers have been associated with Hindman Settlement School, the first rural settlement school in America, located in Knott County, KY. Writers of the Settlement School and its famous Appalachian Writers Workshop have helped to define Appalachian consciousness and preserve regional culture for decades. These individuals include Lucy Furman, Ann Cobb, James Still, Albert Stewart, Jean Ritchie, Verna Mae Slone, Jim Wayne Miller, and Harriet Arnow, Silas House, and the authors represented under this imprint.
Fireside Industries is named in honor of the early social enterprise ran by Hindman Settlement School which taught a broad range of basic skills to boarding students. The cabin in which the students’ work was conducted was christened the Fireside Industries Cabin in 1911 and served as the Hindman office for more than half a century until the ravages of time finally forced its demolition in the early 21st century. The imprint pays homage to this history as the Settlement looks toward its future.