This reading of poetry will explore two aspects of Appalachian experience. The first set of poems imagines the lives Amos and Milly Pettit who left the Virginia Piedmont to come to Kentucky in the late 18th century, settling in the deeply ridged farm land of Pendleton County near the Licking River. Another kind of connection to Appalachia by way of concern for habitat and headwaters is explored in the second set of poems. Both creative expression and an understanding of regional and national experiences are demonstrated. 15 min.