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Author will be here this week with books on life in Haymond




Author Sarah L. Cornett-Hagen grew up in Haymond, but now lives in southern Oregon. (Eagle photo)

Author Sarah L. Cornett-Hagen grew up in Haymond, but now lives in southern Oregon. (Eagle photo)

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.

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