About CD Collins

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Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. As one of originators of the early ‘90s resurgence of spoken-word with live music, her work has been archived in award-winning compact discs: Kentucky Stories, Subtracting Down and Carousel Lounge.

Collins’ fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Drum, StoryQuarterly, Salamander, Phoebe and The Pennsylvania Review. Her collection of poetry, Self-Portrait with Severed Head, was published by Ibbetson Street press in 2009. Her collection of short stories, Blue Land, was released in June 2010. Her novel, Afterheat, has just been published.

She has produced a short lyric documentary that chronicles the catastrophic steps of mountaintop removal to retrieve Appalachian coal. She has recently completed a novel and is currently working on a one-woman show. With her band Rockabetty, she has completed her fourth album, Clean Coal Big Lie. She is currently releasing this album in a series of performances.

Praise for CD Collins

“Laurie Anderson meets William Faulkner
— Stephen McCauley, novelist

“Poetry + Music = Magic”
— Hannah Bordas, Bay Windows

“Broad distinctions of class and a variety of manners are depicted with a sure hand…genuine artistic maturity…language is very good indeed and will always fetch money from home.”
— James B. Hall, Literary Magazine Review

“CD Collins, a feisty Kentuckian in black gloves draped with silver chains, (part of the) decidedly eclectic crowd in the Writers’ Room of Boston.”
— Sally Jacobs, The Boston Globe

“Slow, seductive, teases you, tantalizes you…as deep and rich as the Kentucky soil from whence she came… she melts icy places in even the coldest heart.”
— The Boston Poet

“Trenchant.”
—Elizabeth McKim, poet

CD Collins in the news

Interview on At the Women’s Well radio show with Lisa Miller
WLXU 93.9 FM, Lexington, Kentucky, Community Radio
July 30, 2016

“CD Collins and Santon to bring musical touch to arts center”
Mt. Sterling (Kentucky) Advocate

"Burn Victim Writes Book About Pipeline Explosion" (video)
LEX18.com

"Author analogizes pipeline explosion in latest book"
Central Kentucky News

“Author meets victims of 1961 pipeline explosion”
Central Kentucky News

“Lanterns set afloat at Lexington park to mark 70th anniversary of WWII atomic bombings”
Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader

For the press

High-resolution photo of Afterheat book cover (735KB zpiped file).

High-resolution photo of CD Collins & Rockabetty (6.5 MB zipped file).

High-resolution photo of CD Collins (2 MB zipped file).