Saturday, February 15, 2020


First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

102 West McDonough Street

Madeline ffitch


Helen arrives in Appalachian Ohio full of love and her boyfriend’s ideas for living off the land. Too soon, with winter coming, he calls it quits. Helped by Rudy—her government-questioning, wisdom-spouting boss—and a neighbor couple, Helen makes it to spring. Those neighbors, Karen and Lily, are awaiting the arrival of their first child, a boy, which means their time at the Women’s Land Trust must end. Helen invites the new family to throw in with her, then young Perley decides he wants to go to school. Rudy sets up a fruit-tree nursery on the pipeline easement edging their land, and the outside world is brought clamoring into their makeshift family. Absorbingly spun, perfectly voiced, and disruptively political, Madeline ffitch’s Stay and Fight forces us to re-imagine an Appalachia—and an America—we think we know.


Madeline ffitch writes and organizes in Appalachian Ohio. She was a founding member of the punk theater company The Missoula Oblongata, and is the author of the story collection Valparaiso, Round the Horn. Madeline has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and at the MacDowell Colony.