Virtual Artist Talk: “The Woods Burnin’ ‘s Right”

Location: Dothan/Virtual

June 22, 2023 - June 22, 2023
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  • June 22, 2023 - June 22, 2023
  • Graydon Rust
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Join us for a virtual panel discussion with book artist Jessica Peterson, Dr. Jerrilyn McGregory of Florida State University, who wrote Wiregrass Country, and historian Dr. Martin Olliff of Troy University Dothan. The discussion will center around Peterson’s book The Woods Burnin’ ‘s Right, discussing oral histories from the Wiregrass and exploring why this region’s powerful culture is often overlooked and neglected when considering American culture and history.

The Woods Burnin’ ‘s Right is an artist book by Jessica Peterson about the Wiregrass region of southeast Alabama. The book explores the delicate Wiregrass fire ecosystem and the relationship between humans, wiregrass, and the longleaf piney forest. Peterson mixes ecological facts with the region’s historical southern gothic narratives, including folk remedies, superstitions, folklore, and stories collected from the area.