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Welcome to my blog and podcast, dreamer!

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Here's where I share articles, ideas, meaningful conversations, and actionable tips to help you live a life of creative freedom. And of course, ruminations on all things Appalachian!


Cornbread and Tortillas


Life Stories


Podcast Episodes


I’m Carla, and I’m so happy you’re here. I love having this personal medium to share stories, creativity, and other important things. I hope you find inspiration as you listen and read along!

Here are some reader faves…

PODCAST: My Culture Is Not Your Costume,
Appalachia Edition

PODCAST: Blurred Lines: Flatfooting & Clogging
& Bluegrass & Old-Time

BLOG: Appalachian Clogging and Flatfooting and Buck Dance, oh my!

BLOG: Hoe cakes, Bee Songs, and Play Pretties…

BLOG: Best Shoes for Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging

Latest Episodes of What Dreamers Do Podcast

Growing up in Coal Country I grew up in a coal company house, right next to one of the deep mines owned by the company my Daddy worked for. (My big brothers both worked underground, but my dad worked above ground with the mining equipment.) Looking back, there are many ways in which it was […]

Susie, the Coal-Mining Dog

Smiling man with red hair and a mustache, hands in pockets, standing against a rustic wooden fence.

Embracing Creativity, Community, and Parenting on a Primitive Homestead In a recent episode of “What Dreamers Do,” I sat down to a compelling conversation with poet, songwriter, and renaissance man, Matthew Sidney Parsons. Our conversation rambled naturally into Parsons’ multifaceted creative journey, exploring his approach to music, poetry, parenting, and the Appalachian culture that shapes […]

Appalachian Art & Identity (podcast)

An Interview with Matthew Olwell CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE Welcome back to “What Dreamers Do,” the podcast that explores the power of dreams, creativity, and the human spirit. Today we have a special guest joining us on the show. Please welcome Matthew Olwell, a multi-talented artist, musician, and dancer. In this episode, […]

(podcast) Rhythm & Resistance

An Interview with English Singer Jennifer Reid CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE In this episode of “What Dreamers Do,” host Carla Gover sits down with the talented and multipassionate Jennifer Reid, a researcher, presenter, educator, performer and provocateur.  In her lovely Northern Accent, we get a glimpse of Jennifer’s work, as she takes […]

(podcast) Broadside Balladeer

An Interview with Bobi Conn CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE On this episode of What Dreamers Do, host Carla Gover talks with Appalachian Author Bobi Conn about her work, her writing process, overcoming trauma, and offering a counter-narrative to stereotypical,  pop-culture representations of the region. The two friends also riff about their personal […]

(podcast) Writing Redemption

A Conversation with Si Kahn On this episode of What Dreamers Do, we catch up with Si Kahn, an activist, author, playwright, organizer, and singer-songwriter known for his powerful songs and lifelong engagement in labor issues, human rights, and environmental concerns. The conversation covers his experiences in the labor movement as an organizer, and his […]

(podcast) Quiet Lovers of Justice

An Interview with Appalachian Dancer Rodney Clay Sutton In this episode, you’ll hear the origin story of Rodney Clay Sutton, recognized as a Master Folk Artist in North Carolina. You’ll also take a deep dive into Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging traditions, and the general dance history of the Carolinas. With a lifelong career in music […]

(podcast) Carryin’ On:

On Traveling With the Band in Europe Welcome back for season two of What Dreamers Do! I kick this episode off by recapping my summer travels with the band, sharing some fun and memorable moments from the UK, Ireland, Serbia, and Greece, and my takeaways about the insights we can gain from traveling. (Including my […]

The Posh Tea Tour

Gratitude is something we often talk about in November in the US, but I truly believe it’s important to cultivate all through the year. In this episode, I tell some stories about how growing up in Appalachia and also my experiences interacting with people from other cultures have shaped my ideas about abundance, lack, and […]

On Gratitude (and Hot Baths)

An Interview with Feminist Scottish Musician Rosie Bans In this juicy interview, we chat with Singer/Songwriter/Producer Rosie Bans, who writes, performs, ad collaborates with other artists and activists to create change for women and other marginalized groups, AND has an innovative support group and course for songwriters who want to give their creativity and motivation […]

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Carla is currently based in Lexington, KY, ancestral lands of the Adena, Hopewell, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), and Wazhazhe Maⁿzhaⁿ (Osage) nations.

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