Upcoming Events

Spring Term 2019

21st – Savannah Sipple and Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center – sponsored by Appalachian Heritage


Join acclaimed memoirist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman (‘Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir’) and noted poet Savannah Sipple (‘WWJD and Other Poems’) as they read from their recently published books. This event is free and open to the public.

‘Sounds Like Titanic’: A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician―or so she thinks. When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group “performs,” the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she “plays” for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake.

‘WWJD and Other Poems’: Savannah Sipple’s voice is stark and crucial. Her debut poetry collection ‘WWJD and Other Poems’ explores what it is to be a queer woman in Appalachia and is rooted in its culture and in her body. With a beer-drinking Jesus as her wing man, she navigates this difficult terrain of stereotype, conservative Evangelicalism, and, perhaps most, shame.

25th – Dinner on the Grounds: The Syringe Exchange in Madison County: Creating it, Running It, and Moving Forward

by the Madison County Health Department

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Lunch will be served at 11:45

Join us for lunch and conversation with staff of the Madison County Health Department. Speakers Jim Thacker, Anne Hatton, and Lloyd Jordison will address the process for getting a Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) started in Madison County and share observations about the Madison County Health Department’s SEP, including future needs and suggestions for what our community can do to support prevention efforts.

This event is free and open to the public!

26th – Needlework: a play by Higher Ground play group from Harlan, KY

Phelps Stokes Chapel


Needlework is the first commissioned play produced by Higher Ground. This play is part of the Letcher County Harm Reduction Project, supported by United for Substance Abuse Prevention or USAP.
After losing her beloved daughter Velda, Sweet Betty looks for a solution to the IV drug epidemic facing her community. Using her entrepreneurial spirit she opens a secret needle exchange in her backyard. Trouble appears when some of Betty’s friends discover her secret and confront her. Soon the whole community is divided.

For more information, please visit the Higher Ground website

12th – Open Mic Night

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center


There will be a sign up sheet for performers available until 5 minutes before the open mic begins. Please limit presentations to 10 minutes.

13th – Women of Appalachia: A juried performance of story, poetry, and song

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center


Many people have an image of an Appalachian woman and they look down on her. The mission of the Women of Appalachia Project is to showcase the way in which female artists respond to the Appalachian region as a source of inspiration, bringing together women from diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to embrace the stereotype – to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her.