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Sing Me Appalachia, by Sam Arthurs

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Poetry, chapbook, 24 pages, from Bottlecap Features.

Sing Me Appalachia is a heartfelt collection of poems that vividly captures the essence of the Appalachian experience. Through the eyes of an Eastern Kentuckian, each poem immerses the reader in the unique landscape and culture of this storied region, delving into the daily lives of its inhabitants. Verses reveal the hardships of those who toil in the coal mines, resonating with their struggles and resilience, as well as the beauty of the region, and how it feels to struggle with loss in a place where the earth reclaims everything.

Music, an integral part of Appalachian culture, also finds itself a place in the collection. From haunting ballads to lively tunes, Sing Me Appalachia celebrates the unforgettable music of the region. Specifically, the artists, songs, and moments that have of given Eastern Kentucky a breath of life when it was most needed.

Despite the challenges, the poetry highlights the profound connections Appalachian people have with their heritage and the land. Sing Me Appalachia not only portrays the challenges and triumphs of its people, but also showcases the rich cultural tapestry that makes life in the Appalachian Mountains incredibly fulfilling.

Sam Arthurs is a horror author and Appalachian poet. Her published works include the Rag & Bone trilogy, the Dreadful Seasons series, and a plethora of horror shorts and poems. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and reviewing books, hanging out with her dogs, recording her podcast (The Appalachian Spooky Hour), and watching horror movies. In 2024, she was an Appy Awards Finalist for Best Author/Writer. She was born and raised in Appalachia, and still happily resides there. You can also find her works under the name Samantha Arthurs (she goes by both).