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Women Speak: Volume Five by Kari Gunter Seymour

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Sixty-six women, all with strong connections to Appalachia, have contributed, poems, short short stories, songs, and art-work to make this anthology come alive. “Appalachia holds a multitude of identities and experiences, and the Women of Appalachia Project’s™ Women Speak anthology speaks to the complexity of the region. The essays, poems, stories, fine art, and songs collected here bear witness to the lived experiences of Appalachian women while simultaneously speaking against the narratives dictated to us and about us: acts of God, the notion of what makes a good girl, where and how and when we deserve to be visible. Despite the structures designed to silence us, the women in these pages are fierce and unflinching in sharing their stories and their truths. These are our voices, our women. Hear us.” – Savannah Sipple.  “This is precisely why the Women of Appalachia Project is so urgently important. Sharing our stories and artwork, bearing witness to and for one another, helps us affirm our culture, our history, our unique perspectives. . . .” -- Randi Ward.

Charleston, West Virginia: Mountain State Press, 2020. 158 pages. Trade paperback.