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An anthology focused on the unique culture of Ohio's Appalachian population. A one-of-a-kind collection, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


A copy of the anthology, published in March 2022, was provided to all 732 libraries throughout Ohio and to every Ohio Appalachian middle and high school library.


A lavish mix of voices—Affrilachian, Indigenous, non-binary and LGBTQ; from teens to those creatively aging; poets in recovery, some differently-abled or with developmental differences; emerging and well established; some living in the state, others from assorted locations throughout the country—all with a deep connection to Appalachian Ohio.

Many people have an image of an Appalachian, and they look down on them, unaware of the strength of their rich heritage, strong sense of honor and love of the land. Mainstream media has rarely been kind to Appalachia. This anthology is a testament to the intricacies of family, ancestry and cultural heritage of Ohio Appalachians and most importantly that one single story cannot possibly describe a region or its people.

The anthology was published in partnership with Sheila-Na-Gig Editions



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