Belleville native to appear on FestivALL’s ‘Three Things’ series

CHARLESTON — Writer, translator and photographer Randi Ward, a native of Belleville, will be a guest on “Three Things” at The Clay Center’s Susan Runyan Maier Sculpture Garden on Wednesday.

“Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future” is a live monthly speaker series showcasing three West Virginians who share personal stories about where they started, what they love and how they envision their futures.

The show is produced and hosted by Mountain Stage’s Jeff Shirley. Season 6, episode 8, will also feature the CEO of West Virginia Health Right, Dr. Angie Settle, and filmmaker John Nakashima.

Ward began translating Nordic poetry at the age of 16, while she was an American Field Service exchange student in Norway, and later earned her master of arts in cultural studies from the University of the Faroe Islands. She is a recipient of Shepherd University’s Appalachian Photography Award, and Cornell University Library established the Randi Ward Collection in its Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in 2015. Her work has been featured on Folk Radio UK, National Public Radio and PBS NewsHour.

Settle has been the CEO and executive Director of the WV Health Right Free Clinic/WVRX since 2014. She received her master of science in Nursing from Marshall University in 1997 and her doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama in 2014. Settle is involved with the Charleston Rotary Club and Lion’s Club, serves on the Rural Health Association Board, and the Charleston mayor’s COVID-19 task force.

Nakashima has produced, directed, shot and edited documentaries and music programs for West Virginia Public Television since 1977.

He has edited five documentaries that won regional Emmys. “The First 1,000 Days” (2015) received a regional Emmy and for it Nakashima was also awarded the Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers of West Virginia. In 2013, he was presented the West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year award by the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In-person or virtual tickets are $10, and a season pass is also available at www.festivallcharleston.com.


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