The Appalachian region consists of an area from Southern New York down through Mississippi. It is often characterized solely by poor, white Southerners from the mountains. However, that is most certainly not the case and to shine a light on this a poets collective was formed at the University of Kentucky. This collective works to make the invisible visible. Affrilachian Poets is the name of that collective and guest Joy Priest is a member.
On this episode Priest talks about the history of the Affrilachian Poets, when she became involved with the group and about her work as a poet. Priest also addresses the importance of having a collective like the Affrilachian Poets in the American South. She gives insights into her experience as a woman of color with ancestral origins in Alabama, her childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, living outside of the American South and now residing in South Carolina. This week’s Listen Here isn’t a promo, but rather a podcast mentioned by Priest. It is Gimlet Media’s Uncivil. The Who’s that lady (from history)? is Queen Amina of Zazzau. Resources: – Affrilachain Poets – Twitter: @Dalai_Mama_ @Affrilachia
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