B I R D  O N   A   W I R E



I often refer to the town that I grew up in as Little Appalachia.

With many of the same core characteristics and family values as Appalachia proper, our urban hillbilly town, perched on the fringe of two mammoth boroughs of NYC, is an often reminder that hillbilly runs deeper than sidewalks and blacktop. Generations are entrenched in the DNA of the Hatfield and McCoys. My own family, only one generation out of the poor Pennsylvania backwaters of the Little Conemaugh River and abandoned farm towns of Delhi, carry this legacy as well.

On a journey to understand family history, as well as the undercurrent of anger and despair of the disenfranchised American poor, Bird on a Wire explores the backroads of the United States. It examines, at the poverty level, the comfort taken from the familiar when faced with the fear of a rapidly changing, diverse, global world.

Bird on a Wire takes the path down a gravel road and travels off the grid searching for these forgotten Americans.