An Interview with Allison Hedge Coke
While reviewing video footage of tobacco fields in Johnston County, Hedge Coke talks of her family and her agricultural work history; leaving high school to work in the fields from Florida to the Carolinas; marriage as a teen, sharecropping tobacco. Discusses background for "The Change." The modernization of tobacco agriculture and the end of her fist marriage. Revisiting the locations where she lived and worked. Suburbanization's effects. Loss of the culture of farming.
"Placeholder: Carolina Poems of Love and Labor," an interview included in a presentation by Allison Hedge Coke
Published on October 14, 2010
In these poems and interview excerpts, Allison Hedge Coke returns to several locations in North Carolina where she lived and worked in the early 1970s. She describes the transformation of tobacco agriculture, off-season work in Raleigh, and a variety of personal and domestic situations in her efforts to make a living and a life.
"Placeholder: Carolina Poems of Love and Labor" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.