Shawna Kay Rodenberg, Kin

Shawna Kay Rodenberg is originally from Seco, a tiny former coal camp near the headwaters of the Kentucky River in Letcher County, Kentucky. She is a mother, grandmother, community college English instructor and a registered nurse. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in Consequence, Elle, Salon, the Village Voice, the Bennington Review, the Crab Creek Review, Kudzu and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel; she was a recipient of the 2016 Jean Ritchie Fellowship and a 2017 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award in creative nonfiction. Rodenberg is also a vocalist; she and her husband, David, are collaborating on an album, a mix of original Americana, vintage country and traditional mountain songs. Her memoir, Kin, was published by Bloomsbury on June 8.

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