Sylvia Ryerson

Sylvia Ryerson (@Sylvia_Ryerson) is a sound artist, journalist and musician based in Brooklyn, NY.

From 2010-2015 she lived and worked in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky at Appalshop, the nationally recognized media arts and education center in Whitesburg, KY. Sylvia served as senior reporter and director of public affairs for Appalshop’s community radio station WMMT-FM, and led the station’s citizen journalism project. She also directed Appalshop’s Traditional Music Program and co-produced Calls from Home, which for more than a decade has sent messages and songs out over the radio every week from family members to their loved ones incarcerated in the mountains of Central Appalachia.

You can find more of her work here.


Sylvia Ryerson works with family members of those incarcerated in Virginia supermax prisons to capture the sounds, voices & music of home - to be broadcast directly into the prisons.