Beginning Again: Stories of Movement and Migration in Appalachia (Voice of Witness) (Paperback)

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Beginning Again: Stories of Movement and Migration in Appalachia (Voice of Witness) By Katrina M. Powell (Editor), Nikki Giovanni (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Katrina M. Powell (Editor), Nikki Giovanni (Introduction by)
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Appalachia has been a place of movement and migration--for individuals, families, and entire communities--for centuries.

Beginning Again
brings together twelve narratives of refugees, migrants, and generations-long residents that explore complex journeys of resettlement. In their stories, Appalachia--despite how it's popularly portrayed--is not simply a region of poverty and strife populated only by white people. It is a diverse place where belonging and connection are created despite displacement, resource extraction, and inequality.

Among the narratives included: Hear from Claudine Katete, a Rwandan asylum seeker raised in refugee camps who graduated college into the chaos of COVID-19. Follow Amal as she and her family fled war-ravaged Syria and navigated mice-infested housing and unresponsive case workers. Listen to Mekyah Davis, born and raised in Big Stone Gap, as he describes the "slow burn" of everyday racism and his efforts to organize Black Appalachian youth to stay in their communities. Taken together, their stories and more collected here present a nuanced look at life in contemporary Appalachia.

About the Author

Katrina M. Powell is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and founding director of the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on displacement narratives. She is cofounder of the digital-born oral history initiative,, founding editor of the journal Roots and Resettlement, and codirector of Monuments Across Appalachian Virginia. Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty of Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.
Product Details
ISBN: 9798888901014
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Voice of Witness