Celebrating bell hooks: Hillbilly Solid

In celebration of bell hooks’ induction into the Kentucky Writer’s Hall of Fame, we’re listening to her interview on WMMT back in 2012, just after the release of her book of poetry, Appalachian Elegybell hooks is an author, activist, feminist, poet, teacher, and artist from Hopkinsville, Ky. Interviewed by her Berea neighbor, Silas House, bell’s interview kicks off around the 38:00 minute mark when she exclaims “you know us Kentuckians love an opportunity to talk!”

On the monthly program Hillbilly Solid, then on WMMT-FM out of Appalshop, Silas and bell talk about Kentucky, their names, the word hillbilly, inspirations, writing, love, bell’s work, Appalachian identity, and much, much more. Silas also spins some of his favorite music.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame 2018 induction ceremony will take place at the Carnegie Center of Learning and Literacy on January 31. Wednesday’s event will also recognize the late John Fox Jr.  The stage adaption of his novel “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” is still performed annually in Letcher County’s Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Amphitheater.

Congratulations to bell, from all of us at Appalshop!