CORBIN -- Roger May is an Appalachian American photographer and writer based in Charleston, West Virginia.
He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky border, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. His photographs, essays and interviews have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, National Geographic, ESPN, Huffington Post, Oxford American, Le Monde diplomatique and others. He has also shared work with the ladies from the Carter County Poetry Society in the big room of the Shoney's in Grayson, Kentucky.
In February 2014, he started the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project.
May is one of the 17 speakers for TEDxCorbin. People familiar with TED know it for short, powerful talks delivered by public personalities and thinkers. TEDxCorbin, an independently produced event operated under license from TED, will feature speakers sharing the experiences they've accrued within their industries, through risk-taking in rural America, in overcoming personal hardship, and by envisioning a more vibrant, economically-viable Eastern Kentucky.
Each speaker's talk will be 18 minutes or less. TEDxCorbin's performances from local artists will also align with its theme of "grounded".
TEDxCorbin will take place on March 9 in downtown Corbin at the Second and Main building, 115 S. Main St. Visit www.tedxcorbin.com for more information.