A Letcher County native has written two books detailing her account of growing up in a coal camp in Haymond during the 1930s.
Sarah L. Cornett-Hagen, a coal poet who resides in southern Oregon, writes about family rituals and traditions such as quilting, weaving and knitting in “Life Notes from a Kentucky Woman: The Coal Camp.” “The Land, The Land, Always The Land” is a book of poetry.
“Roots of my mountain heritage run deep and the tendrils of these roots are wrapped gently around my heart forever,” said Cornett- Hagen. “My heart, overflowing with my Kentucky memories, keeps me placed.”
A review of Cornett-Hagen’s books can be found in the Summer/Autumn 2010 issue of the “Kentucky State Poetry Society”.
Cornett-Hagen has four siblings: Jo Hall of Haymond, Albert Kincer of Pound, Va., Richard Kincer of Deane and G.C. Kincer of Jenkins.
“I really hope I have done justice preserving everyone’s memories,” said Cornett-Hagen.
Cornett-Hagen will have a booth at The Mountain Heritage Festival this weekend where she will be selling autographed copies of her books.