Kari Gunter-Seymour is a ninth generation Appalachian. Her poems appear in numerous journals and publications and on her website. Her current collection is titled A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020). She is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project™ (WOAP™) and editor of the (WOAP™) anthology series, Women Speak, volumes 1-5. She is a retired instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, the Ohio Poet of the Year 2020 and Poet Laureate of Ohio.

A poem she wrote in support of families living in poverty in Athens County, OH, went viral and was seen by over 100,000 people, resulting in thousands of dollars donated to her local food pantry.