(Meet the) Kinfolk
Sabne Raznik is an internationally published poet, a former community theatre actress, and an award-winning artist with three full-length poetry collections - Following Hope, Linger to Look, and Rabbit Hole. She also has published a collection of artworks titled Renaissance: Visual Art 2005 - 2019. Her latest release is an e-chapbook of poems titled Dreaming of Bono (VoiceLux, 2022). She founded and co-edits AvantAppal(achia) ezine. Raznik believes herself to be a supranational poet, in that she feels the arts transcend manmade boundaries. In view of that, her effort as part of the Appalachian Renaissance is to break stereotypes and showcase Appalachian poetry as a living part of the world-wide literary scene, as well as to encourage the underrepresented but thriving Appalachian avant-garde in the global context. www.sabneraznik.com/
David Sykes was born and raised in an eastern Kentucky coal town, just before the boom times of the 1970’s. He got a college degree in a far away land before returning to join the family business. Now living in nearby Pikeville, Kentucky, he works at an IT services firm there. An avid supporter of arts in his community, he leads a non-profit that offers free music lessons to anyone and all. David plays all the stringed instruments (even fiddle) and is currently involved with the Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City, Kentucky and has appeared in productions there both as an actor and musician. He has also recently appeared in productions for the Mountain Movers theatre company of Louisa, Kentucky. After nearly a decade of not writing, he has recently fallen off the wagon and attempts to be literary once again. He serves as the Short Story Ed(itor) of AvantAppal(achia) e-zine.