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Ohio University Zanesville hosts author and songwriter during Women of Appalachia Conference

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2006) -- Singer, musician, recording artist, actress, and writer, Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead will perform at the Eighth Annual Women of Appalachia Conference, Friday, Oct. 20, at Ohio University-Zanesville.

At 12:30 p.m., Whitehead will discuss her newly released book, "Western Kentucky: Lost & Forgotten, Found & Remembered." It is the companion book to Whitehead's new album, "When the Redbuds Bloom."

The multi-talented Whitehead will also host a musical performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. Her music and writing embodies many elements of her ancestry including Native American, Celtic, Appalachian, bluegrass, blues, old-time and spirituals. Whitehead plays 11 instruments and has worked on eight CDs.

Her literary works have been published in the USA and Europe. She has performed in sixteen countries in the past five years, but calls Kentucky home. Sarah's voice as an independent songstress has roots that reach deep into Kentucky with a sound as sweet as the smell of freshly cut bluegrass and as old as the coal that sleeps in the hills. Her unique musical and literary compositions are born of rich history.  Though she has lived below the poverty level most of her life, Whitehead will tell you she wouldn't trade places with anyone in the world.

In addition to displaying her writing and musical talent, Whitehead plays the lead in the feature film "Red Velvet Cake" that was filmed this past summer in Kentucky.

For information on how to attend Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead's performances, call the Office of Continuing Education at Ohio University-Zanesville at 740-588-1400.

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