Three Coal Mining Deaths So Far This Year

Three coal miners have been killed in separate mining accidents so far in 2016 after last year marked the safest year in mining history, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. MHSA Assistant Secretary Joseph Main called the deaths “troubling” in a statement Wednesday. The miners, ranging in age from 31 to 52, were […]

Posted at 3:52 PM on January 23, 2016 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Mine Disasters | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Continue reading

Sago Anniversary: ‘This community will never heal’

When a dozen miners died in this small West Virginia town, many thought after the burial the healing would begin. They were wrong. Months after the explosion, investigations into its cause continued, federal and state hearings were held to determine what caused the tragedy, who was responsible, what led to the massive miscommunication snafu and […]

Posted at 9:08 AM on January 5, 2016 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Mine Disasters | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Continue reading



Mark Nowak is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times  “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015) and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs  the Worker Writers School at the PEN American Center.


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