Hybrid | UNC Press presents Kami Ahrens, editor of The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women, in conversation with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Image shows headshots of Kami Ahrens and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, and the cover image of The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women

We're pleased to partner with UNC Press to present this event for The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women. Elizabeth Kostova, New York Times bestselling author and member of the UNC Press advancement council, will offer a welcome and introductions on behalf of the press.

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In 1966 in Rabun County, Georgia, a group of high school English students created the Foxfire magazine, a literary journal that celebrated Appalachian stories, peoples, and culture. The publication was filled with poetry and prose from local students and authors and featured interviews with community members. These oral histories quickly became the focal point of the magazine and, eventually, the material that generated the multivolume Foxfire book series.
Now, pulled from the vast Foxfire archive comes the first volume in the series focused specifically on the lives of Appalachian women. These remarkable narratives illuminate a diverse regional culture held together by the threads that are woven between women and place, and through generations. Told sometimes with humor, sometimes with sadness, but always with a gripping rawness and honesty, the stories recount women’s lived experiences from the 1960s to the present. The interviews cover work, family, and community, illuminating Cherokee, Black, and white women’s experiences; changes in Appalachian culture; and the importance of relationships in daily life. Reading each interview in this book is almost like joining these women on their porches and in their homes as they take us on a journey through their lives. Taken together, the stories speak against regional stereotypes and offer instead a sampling of the many expressions of these women’s strength.

Kami Ahrens joined the Foxfire Museum in 2017. As Curator & Director of Education, she is responsible for curating artifacts and archival materials, developing exhibits and publications, as well as managing programs at the Foxfire Museum. She hosts and produces the organization's monthly podcast, “It Still Lives.” Kami also serves as executive editor for the Foxfire Magazine and oversees the organization’s hallmark leadership program for local high school students. Originally from the St. Louis area, Kami attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for graduate school before relocating to Georgia. On the weekends, you can find Kami rock climbing or hiking in the mountains with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her work Going to Water won the Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium and was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She is coeditor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers' Network. She resides in Qualla, North Carolina.

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The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women: Stories of Landscape and Community in the Mountain South By Kami Ahrens (Editor) Cover Image
By Kami Ahrens (Editor)
ISBN: 9781469670034
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 7th, 2023

Even as We Breathe By Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950564323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fireside Industries - March 7th, 2023

Even as We Breathe By Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950564064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fireside Industries - September 8th, 2020

SKU: x672389