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W.Va. storyteller heads to Va. conference in Aug.

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 08:11 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A southern West Virginia storyteller will share his tale of an underground miner who cheated death at the 2013 National Storytelling Network Conference in Richmond, Va.

Fred Powers tells West Virginia Public Broadcasting he worked underground in McDowell County for about 20 years. He ultimately earned a history degree from Bluefield State College.

Powers says he shares his stories in hopes of portraying everyday life for a coal miner. He’s also carrying on an Appalachian tradition.

He says his story, “Buried Alive,” is a true tale, and one that’s based on his dodging death when he worked underground as a roof bolter.

He’ll share the story Aug. 1 at the storytellers’ conference.

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