Southern Storytellers

New three-part series explores Southern identity through the eyes of writers, poets, singers, songwriters, and film and television artists.


Billy Bob Thornton, Jesmyn Ward, Jason Isbell, Jericho Brown, Amanda Shires, Lyle Lovett, Angie Thomas, Qui Nguyen, and Mary Steenburgen Among Featured Writers From the Worlds of Literature, Music, Film, and Television

APT has been telling Alabama's stories for nearly 70 years. Coming in July, we're excited to share a new national series, developed by our colleagues at Arkansas PBS, that includes great Alabama talents like Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and Michael Twitty, along with many other influential Southern voices.

The American South is known for its boundless creativity, absorbing personalities and evocative landscapes. SOUTHERN STORYTELLERS, a new three-episode series from Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Craig Renaud, follows some of the region’s most compelling and influential contemporary creators to the places they call home — the communities that fertilize the stories they tell in books, songs, poems, plays, and on screens large and small.

With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), SOUTHERN STORYTELLERS traverses the South, from the mountains of Appalachia to the Gulf of Mexico, revealing a vivid patchwork of diverse American stories that celebrate the resilience and joy of Southern people — and the magnitude of gifts from the region’s writers. Among the featured creatives are some of the most recognized storytellers from the worlds of literature, music, television, and film, including authors Jesmyn Ward, Michael Twitty, Angie Thomas, and David Joy; poets Jericho Brown and Natasha Trethewey; songwriters Jason Isbell, Thao Nguyen, Lyle Lovett, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Adia Victoria, Amanda Shires and Justin Moore; songwriter/screenwriter/actor Billy Bob Thornton; songwriter/actor Mary Steenburgen; and screenwriters Qui Nguyen and Michael Waldron.

SOUTHERN STORYTELLERS premieres over the course of three Tuesday nights, July 18, 25 and August 1 at 8:00pm and streamed on the PBS app.


Sink the Alabama PreviewAPT is sharing new and popular Alabama stories every Thursday night in July, including a brand new Bluegrass on the Rim and a new episode of the arts series Monograph focusing on fashion on July 27. A new full-length documentary from filmmaker Bob Clem, Sink the Alabama, premieres on August 3.

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