Pursing Fearless by Sharing Stories
with Mandi Sheffel
In this episode, Jessi talks with writer and bookstore owner Mandi Sheffel. Mandi’s own story of a 16-year battle deep in the opioid crisis is an inspiring example of triumph. The two discuss the power of claiming your full story, building community and modern stories of Appalachia.
- Starting a bookstore right before the start of a global pandemic.
- Having fantastic community support, not just verbal, but showing up, buying and supporting a local business.
- Discussions on regional and generational differences and how that impacts locally owned small businesses.
- How downtown revitalization helps, but it isn’t about the buildings. It is about the places that cause people to gather.
- Coming out of the opioid crisis that shook the region to the core.
- Helping to correct the narrative of Appalachia by telling her own story.
- Appalachian Writers Workshop
- Hindman Settlement School
- Coffeetree Bookstore
- Appalachian Arts Alliance
- Hazard Coffee Company
- Mandi’s Op-Ed
- Twilight in Hazard by Alan Maimon
- Southeastern by Jason Isbell
- Robert Gipe’s trilogy – Weedeater, Pop and Trampoline
- Clay’s Quilt by Silas House