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Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. As one of originators of the early ‘90s resurgence of spoken-word with live music, her work has been archived in award-winning compact discs: Kentucky Stories, Subtracting Down and Carousel Lounge. Collins’ fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines including StoryQuarterly, Salamander, Phoebe and The Pennsylvania Review. Her collection of poetry, Self-Portrait with Severed Head, was published by Ibbetson Street press in 2009. Her collection of short stories, Blue Land, was released by Polyho Press in June 2009. This collection includes the Pushcart nominee “Sin Vergüenza.” She has produced a short lyric documentary which chronicles the catastrophic steps of mountaintop removal to retrieve Appalachian coal. She has recently completed a novel and is currently working on a one-woman show. With her band, Rockabetty, she is recording a new compact disc entitled, Clean Coal/ Big Lie. For more information please visit her website at

Her essay "The Vigilantes of Vance" appeared in the December 2010 issue of The Drum.

Audio Stories by CD COLLINS

The Vigilantes of Vance