Digital Tools for Mountain Girls

A Duke University scholar returns to her home region of Western North Carolina to create a digital production program to help girls succeed in high school and beyond. “I wanted to found an organization that would support girls like me,” says Deborah Hicks, creator of Appalachian Girls’ Education (PAGE).
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Viewfinder: Leland Payton

Leland Payton is a photographer and writer who runs Lens & Pen Press with his wife Crystal. Their books feature writing and photography primarily about the Midwest and Ozarks, where the couple spends a lot of time exploring small towns.…

Viewfinder: Cody Weber

In 2013, twenty-six-year-old Cody Weber began exploring his family history by photographing in and around his hometown of Keokuk, Iowa. This sparked his ambitious project Forgotten Iowa, for which Weber plans to photograph…

Viewfinder: Nic Persinger

West Virginia native Nic Persinger makes photos of people, landscapes and objects, but he considers them all portraits. Taking photos almost exclusively in his home state, Persinger says he used to approach photography with a point to…

Writing Rural: Ron Rash

Novelist, poet, and short-story writer Ron Rash says discipline, mystery, and geography have contributed to his work over the years. But don’t make the mistake of calling him “just” an Appalachian writer.

Writing Rural: Marilynne Robinson

National Book Award winner Marilynne Robinson created a fictional Iowa town in the first half of the 20th century as the setting for her three most recent novels. But don't mistake her look back as an attempt to avoid human complexity.…
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