About Us

Fire in the Mountains is a project based in Southern Appalachia that collects nonfiction stories and firsthand accounts from coal affected communities.

Storytelling is powerful and engaging; personal and real.  It is hard to ignore, in-your-face, and emotive in a way that traditional journalism can never be.

Our aim is to provide people with a means to amplify their voices, tell their stories, share their experiences and, through that process, connect with one another.  This project uses storytelling in various mediums (audio recordings, art work, videos, and a written publication) as an information resource and a community building tool.

This catalog of individual experiences collected in areas most affected by coal – from coalfields to urban power plants – forms the narrative of coal.

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Header photographs taken by cheshire tongkat.

We hope to create a catalog of individual experiences collected in areas most affected by coal – from coalfields to urban power plants.