Hybrid | Loving Mountains, Loving Men with Jeff Mann

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Appalachians are known for their love of place, yet many LGBTQ+ people from the mountains flee to urban areas in search of community and broader acceptance. Jeff Mann tells his story as one who left and then returned, who insists on claiming and celebrating both regional and sexual identities.

In memoir and poetry, Mann describes his life as an openly gay man who has remained true to his mountain roots. Mann recounts his upbringing in Hinton, a small town in southern West Virginia, as well as his realization of his homosexuality, his early encounters with homophobia, his coterie of supportive lesbian friends, and his initial attempts to escape his native region in hopes of finding a freer life in urban gay communities. Mann depicts his difficult search for a romantic relationship, the family members who have given him the strength to defy convention, his anger against religious intolerance and the violence of homophobia, and his love for the rich folk culture of the Highland South.

His character and values shaped by the mountains, Mann has reconciled his sexuality with both traditional definitions of Appalachian manhood and his own attachment to home and kin. Loving Mountains, Loving Men is a compelling, universal story of making peace with oneself and the wider world.

Jeff Mann is a professor of creative writing at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of numerous books, including Endangered Species: A Surly Bear in the Bible Belt; Redneck Bouquet: Gay Poems from Appalachia; and Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War. He also coedited LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia.

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Loving Mountains, Loving Men: Memoirs of a Gay Appalachian (Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia) By Jeff Mann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780821426036
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ohio University Press - August 8th, 2023

LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia By Jeff Mann (Editor), Julia Watts (Editor) Cover Image
By Jeff Mann (Editor), Julia Watts (Editor)
ISBN: 9781946684929
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: West Virginia University Press - April 1st, 2019

SKU: x672389