Edited by Kari Gunter-Seymour —$18.00/Free US Shipping
A publication of the Women of Appalachia Project
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ABOUT THE EDITOR:
Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour is a ninth generation Appalachian and the founder and executive director of the “Women of Appalachia Project” (www.womenofappalachia.com). 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: www.karigunterseymourpoet.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Singer/songwriter Roberta Schultz says, “A storyteller stands upon a stage/to share beginnings of this sacred place,” in one of her songs in Women Speak, the Women of Appalachia Project’s newest anthology, a rich, eclectic gathering of writing, visual art, songs, and photography from women from all around the region. It’s a challenging collection of straight talk about motherhood and marriage, body shaming and senseless violence, love and loss, the long past and the present, about women who fight back and lose, and fight back and win. These artists know all about the modern world, but they also know what tatting is, how to quilt, raise chickens, work in factories, farm and garden— living a life of hard work and sometimes harder luck. But mostly, these women remind us of the
powerful beauty of these hills, their own fierce spirits, and the triumph of their individual journeys in these powerful works. – Rita Sims Quillen, author of Wayland and Some Notes You Hold
POETRY & PROSE BY: Susan Sheppard, Ellis Elliot, Kari Gunter-Seymour, CJ Farnsworth, Randi Ward, Sherrell Wigal, Elaine Fowler Palencia, Marguerite Floyd, Mary Ann Honaker, Cecile Dixon, Anne Dyer Stuart, Donna Weems, Lois Spencer, Sarah Smith, Dana Wildsmith, Beth Jane Toren, Lonormi Manuel, Jeanne Shannon, Roberta Schulz, Connie Kinsey, Catherine Pritchard Childress, Tonja Matney Reynolds, Karen Nelson Whittington, Barbara Marie Minney, Mary Lucille DeBerry, Stephanie Kendrick, Lee Peterson, Susan Truxell Sauter, Elizabeth Tussey, Annette Kalandros, Eve Odom, Anna Egan Smucker, Mitzi Dorton, Tina Parker, McKenna Revel, Susan O’Dell Underwood, KB Ballentine, Jessica D. Thompson, Cynthia Shutts, Lana Austin, Natalie Kimbell, Barbara Sabol, Kelli Hansel Haywood, Libby Falk Jones, Natalie Sypolt, Laura Sweeney, Virginia Parfitt, Cat Pleska, Beth Wolfe, Eileen Mouyard, Bonnie Proudfoot, Melissa Helton, Jessica Manack, Angelyn DeBord, Mimi Railey Merritt, Kate Dieringer, Diana Hays, Amy McCleese Nichols, Celia Lawren, Dream Catcher, Frauke Palmer, Lisa Parker, Catherine Carter, Valerie Nieman, Patsy Kisner, Diane Tarantini, Lisa Kamolnick, Pamela Hirschler, Chrissie Anderson Peters, Lacy Snapp, Tamara M. Baxter, Jamie Baily, Dana Malone, Renay Sanders, Susan Powers, Kelly Hanwright, Jonie McIntire, Shei Sanchez, Patricia Thrushart, Danielle Kelly, Leslie Clark, Jayne Moore Waldrop, Barbara Lyghtel Rohrer, Marlene L’Abbé, Pauletta Hansel, and L. Renée
FINE ART BY: Corie Neumayer, Mary Beth Whitley, Julie Elman, Alyson Annette Eshelman, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Diana Ferguson, Kathy Guest, Whitney Folsom, Angelyn DeBord