Interview with Robert Gipe

Interview with Robert Gipe

Anyone who meets Robert Gipe knows right off that he’s a character in the best sense of the word. Highly creative and original, Gipe has long had an impact on Appalachian culture and literature in his work as the Appalachian program director at Southeast Community and Technical College in Cumberland, Kentucky;…
Interview with Ronni Lundy

Interview with Ronni Lundy

When people talk about experts on Appalachian food, most immediately mention Ronni Lundy. A native of Corbin, in southeastern Kentucky, Lundy is perhaps the best-known champion of Appalachian foodways. Southern Living has named her as one of the true preservers of Southern food culture and she is one of the founding members…

New Work from Robert Gipe

You know it’s going to be a good read when a story starts with someone waking up in the trunk of a Bonneville. Don’t miss “One Good Reason” by Robert Gipe–author of the newly released illustrated novel Trampoline–in the latest issue of the online literary magazine Hidden City Quarterly.

2014 Weatherford Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Weatherford Award winners, which were announced on Friday, March 27th at the annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference. The award is given by ASA and Berea College in recognition of books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Fiction: Marie Manilla, The…

Rhiannon Giddens’s New Album

Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops recently debuted her solo album Tomorrow is My Turn. The Carolina Chocolate Drops is an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina. Their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and…

“Pain Pills” by Angaleena Presley

Eastern Kentucky native Angaleena Presley‘s debut solo album, American Middle Class, was released in 2014 to widespread praise, following a career of songwriting and hit-making with country supergroup The Pistol Annies. Here’s a twangy track titled “Pain Pills.”