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Poetry, Prose, & Art Anthology: Women Speak Volume 6

Edited by Kari Gunter-Seymour

A publication of the Women of Appalachia Project

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Poet Sandy Coomer writes of Women Speak Volume Six: “Despite the educational and economic inequalities in Appalachia, despite the lack of adequate healthcare and jobs, despite the lack of infrastructure, there are women, such as these, who have contributed to the “Women Speak” anthology, standing in defiance, their words and art like steel girders. In this anthology, this hope chest of creativity, it is the power of the feminine that covers grief with love, suffering with resilience, disappointment with hope, and vulnerability with pride. Some of these poems, stories, songs, memories, and art pieces will make readers smile, even laugh; some will bring them to awed silence or tears; but all will leave them with a sense of what it means to be “stitched at the seam of the mountain.” These are offerings of survival and strength. Despite all the forces set in place to silence them, these beautiful, fierce women speak and in their voices and truths, there is no lack at all.”


Kari Gunter-Seymour is a ninth generation Appalachian and the founder and executive director of the “Women of Appalachia Project” ( She is the editor of the Women Speak anthology series and Essentially Athens Ohio; a retired instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and Athens, Ohio Poet Laureate Emeritus.

Her work can be found in many fine publications including Still, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Main Street Rag, Stirring, Lascaux Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and The LA Times, as well as on her website:


Poetry & Prose by Bianca X, Odana Chaney, Tina Parker, Vicki Pritchard, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Linda Parsons, Valerie Nieman, Rose M. Smith, McKenna Revel, Kristine Williams, Mimi Railey Merritt, Holly Norton, Anna Egan Smucker, Stephanie Kendrick, Susan E. Powers, Barbara Marie Minney, Bonnie Proudfoot, Pauletta Hansel, Kristi Stephens Walker, Karen Whittington Nelson, S. Renay Sanders, Jennifer Hambrick, Karen Scott,  Sara Minges, Susanna Nestor, Katharine Studer, Kathleen S. Burgess, Susan Truxell Sauter, Wendy McVicker,  Beth Jane Toren,  Jessica Weyer Bentley, Lois Spencer, Mary Ann Honaker, V.E. Parfitt, Libby Falk Jones,  Cecile Dixon, Leslie Clark, Lacy Snapp, Jonie McIntire, Tamara M. Baxter, Nancy Posey, CJ Farnsworth, Patsy Kisner, Erin Miller Reid, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Suzette Bradshaw, Barbara Sabol, L. Renée

Fine Art by: Joy Duffy, Emalea Rupe, Connaught Cullen, Kelsie Tyson, Jessica Held, Marcia Shubert, Katherine Ziff, Danielle Byington, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Sylvia Freeman, Kathy Guest, Tere Sager, Corie Neumayer, Mary Ruden, Ashley Owens, Page Turner, Amee Neal, Leann Cooper, Manda Neal, Kelly Neal, Marlene L’Abbe

Proceeds from the sales of Women Speak Volume Six will equally support The Women of Appalachia Project and Sheila-Na-Gig Editions.

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