I am pleased to share that I received the e-Appalachia Award at the 2023 Appalachian Studies Conference in Athens, Ohio. This award recognizes exceptional media sources that offer insight into Appalachia and its people. I was honored to stand alongside Jason Tartt, Sr. of Edge Farms in McDowell County, W.Va., and Femika Edwards of Meik Meals in Knoxville, Tenn., who were also recognized as winners of the Grow Appalachia, Appalachian Studies Association, and Mid Atlantic Arts’ Central Appalachia Living Traditions program.
At the conference, I had the chance to reconnect with friends and colleagues who share my passion for the Appalachian cause. The highlight for me was hearing Webster Springs poet Torli Bush. Their work is dazzling and necessary. You can read their poem, An Open Letter To JD Vance on BBG. This conference experience has fueled my excitement for our upcoming project, the Juneteenth/Pride issue. However, to make this a reality, we require your support. We need donations, writers, editors, and volunteers to assist us in distributing BBG across the numerous Juneteenth Festivals throughout West Virginia. If you are interested in contributing your time and energy, please contact me at [email protected].