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!
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!
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
An Excerpt from the Cornbread & Tortillas Folk Opera This is part of my meandering summer episode series, which don’t necessarily come out each Thursday, but rather when inspiration strikes. I might be in a cool café in London or an East Kentucky Holler when I record, or maybe just in my cozy living room drinking a […]
An Interview with Writer/Yogi Kelli Hansel Haywood Appalachian Author/Yogi Kelli Hansel Haywood’s life and practice is firmly rooted in the soil of her native East Kentucky. In this interview, she speaks about home, art, motherhood, healing, and her artistic processes. Some of the things we talk about include: The way her knowledge of her kin […]
A Musical Interview with Cari Norris I’m releasing this interview with Kentucky musician/artist/icon Cari Anna Norris, recorded in the summer of 2021. As Kentucky mourns her passing this week, I wanted to honor her memory with this sweet interview I conducted as part of my dance project, the Kentucky Tour de Dance. She tells us […]
Why is it that we don’t always make time for doing the things we love? And then when we finally do them (and feel great) we wonder why in the world we waited so long? In this podcast, I muse about why that might be the case, and argue for why we should all be prioritizing […]
Tips & Inspiration for Your Creative Life This quick episode is allll about giving you a sneak preview of the amazing creators and tips inside my free e-book, How To Live Your Most Creative Life. I put this together to inspire you, help you break through blocks and stuck places, and get a little 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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