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Kevin Cordi discusses his latest project, ‘Playing with Stories’

Please welcome guest author Kevin Cordi. For over twenty years, Dr. Cordi has told stories in forty states, England, Singapore, Scotland, Qatar, and Japan. His story work has been commissioned by the National Youth Storytelling Hall of Fame, Newsweek, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Currently he teaches “Applied Storytelling” and “Uncovering folktales, […]


She’s Turned into a Mountain Woman

As I was leaving Grundy for Abingdon, VA, Lee said, “Be sure to meet Lou Crabtree.” Oh yes, I remembered, she was the mountain woman who had once tottered into Lee’s creative writing class there. In the opening exercise, Lou’s first line from her story made Lee gasp in delight: “Aunt Reller had 13 miscarriages, and she named ever’ one of ‘em.” I was eager to meet this model for Ivy Rowe.


Elder Rucker and the Ghosts

Next it was Elder Jeter’s turn to try. Elder Jeter was a man who could sing. He could out-sing the famous George Beverly Shea. It was said that when Elder Jeter sang even the Angels in the Heavenly Choir took notice. Elder Jeter folded his hands in a prayerful grip and closed his eyes and began to sing. He sang, “Blessed Assurance,” … He sang “Nearer My God to Thee,” … He sang “Leaning On the Everlasting Arms.” While in the bliss of his sweet songs he began to hear the swelling of a chorus behind him. He opened his eyes and beheld in the air … scores of ghosts in purple and black choir robes who had come to join in singing with him! He began to tremble as he sat back down … defeated!


Preserving the Appalachian Way

The following article by Adam Booth appears in the fall/winter 2012 issue of ‘think,’ the alumni magazine of Case Western Reserve University. Booth is a multiple award winning West Virginian storyteller, musician and Champion Liar. He travels the country weaving tall tales and spreading this traditional Appalachian art to new audiences. Reprinted with permission.   […]


Scripts and Scrip

Reliving coal’s history to educate, entertain a community This article by Lisa Shrewsberry ran January 18, 2012 in the The Register-Herald of Beckley, WV. It is reprinted here with permission. Call her a living historian. The artistic meshing of rich heritage and exquisite hardship defining Appalachian culture is what coal miner’s daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter […]

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