Author: 100 Days in Appalachia

10,000 Acres

Shirley Blosser likes to keep track of her ancestors. She’s descended from four families in Meigs Township, Ohio.   Out of the four, it’s the Spillman clan that can be the most challenging to think about. It’s their land that was dug up for coal, reshaped and planted in grass, and […]

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Cheat Canyon in West Virginia. Photo: Jesse Wright/100 Days in Appalachia

ICYMI: Our Favorite Stories of 2022

As we inch toward the end of 2022, our staff is looking back on some of our most memorable stories of the year. Explore our top stories yourself below. Ginseng and Big Pharma: How Appalachia Built an Industry that Would Later Exploit It  by Luke Manget  Luke Manget, author of […]

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Mountain Grown

“There is no one way to be a man – nor is there one way to be an Appalachian man. Our region contains multitudes and perhaps in no way is that truer than in the type of men you will find here.” Explore Mountain Grown, a series on masculinity in […]

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Our Top Staff-Picked Stories of 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, our staff has been reflecting on which stories impacted them this past year. From Chris Jones’ firsthand experience at the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to the longterm impacts of COVID-19 told from the perspective of a 6th grader in Alabama, this […]

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Affrilachian Poet Bernard Clay Discusses New Collection ‘English Lit’ and His Appalachian Roots from an Urban Upbringing

Published in August of this year, “English Lit” is Bernard Clay’s autobiographical poetry debut – one that took decades to complete.  “A lot of the poems I started writing when I first started writing poetry back in high school,” Clay said. “So a lot of these poems are like time […]

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