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C. D. Collins

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C. D. Collins is a Kentucky-born poet, musician, and writer. She was involved in a gas line explosion when she was a child, which has had a profound impact on her life. Collins now lives in both Kentucky and Boston.[1]

She has studied with environmentalist and author Wendell Berry as well as her mentor author Pamela Painter, who encouraged Collins to publish her stories.[2]

As of October 2019, there was an upcoming documentary on CD Collins titled Native Daughter, with Jean Donohue as the producer/director and Fred Johnson as associate producer.[1]

Collin often draws from her experiences growing up in Kentucky in her music and stories. She held a spoken word event, called “Words Move Mountains.” Collins recounted her childhood experiences in Kentucky, highlighting the culture she encountered and the individuals she knew deeply. In her performance, she wanted to share her story and challenge misconceptions and stereotypes of rural communities. She says, “When you tell your story, or you give voice to someone else’s story. That’s right here. That’s where everything changes.”[3]

Collins has started a project that is working towards establishing the Lula T. Collins Wildlife Sanctuary in honor of her mother who worked passionately on the restoration of the natural resources of her farm in Mt. Sterling, which will benefit the community and wildlife.[4]


Collins studied at the University of Kentucky, holding both a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature after which she attended the Harvard University Extension in Cambridge Massachusetts.[2]

She is also an artist-in-residence who offers insights from her experiences as a successful artist to adults from all walks of life, teaching them the essential skills of writing, revising, performing, and publication.[5]


Collins has published a collection of short stories called Blue Land (Polyho Press), a collection of poetry, Self-Portrait With Severed Head (Ibbetson Street Press), an album called Night Animals, and a novel, Afterheat (Empty City Press) in which the word afterheat relates to the high temperatures that occur during a nuclear explosion, which Collins compares to the human memory.[6]

Kentucky Stories is considered to be her first album, which won the Best Spoken Word Album at the Boston Poetry Awards.[2]


Kentucky Stories (CD Collins and Pincurl) (1999)[7]

Subtracting Down (CD Collins and Rockabetty) (2006) [8]

Carousel Lounge (CD Collins and Rockabetty) (2008)[9]

Clean Coal Big Lie (CD Collins and Rockabetty) (2013)[10]

Night Animals (CD Collins and Santon) (2016)[11]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Stephens, Brianna (31 October 2019). "Local writer to be featured in upcoming documentary" (PDF). Mt. Sterling Advocate. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "About CD Collins". CD Collins. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  3. Cao, Michael (2022-11-08). "CD Collins aims to "move mountains" with spoken word". Neighborhood View. Retrieved 2024-04-01.
  4. "Lula T. Collins Wildlife Sanctuary". CD Collins. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  5. "Artist in Residence". CD Collins. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  6. "Fiction". CD Collins. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  7. Kentucky Stories by CD Collins & Pincurl on Apple Music, 1999-01-01, retrieved 2024-04-01
  8. Subtracting Down by CD Collins & Rockabetty on Apple Music, 2006-03-21, retrieved 2024-04-01
  9. Carousel Lounge by CD Collins & Rockabetty on Apple Music, 2008-02-05, retrieved 2024-04-01
  10. "Clean Coal Big Lie". Apple Music. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  11. "Night Animals | Santon Music". 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2024-04-01.