Jeff Mann & Julia Watts present LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia

 

This collection, the first of its kind, gathers fiction and poetry from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer authors from Appalachia. Like much Appalachian literature, these works are pervaded with an attachment to family and the mountain landscape, yet balancing queer and Appalachian identities is an undertaking fraught with conflict. This collection confronts the problematic and complex intersections of place, family, sexuality, gender, and religion with which LGBTQ Appalachians often grapple.

With works by established writers such as Dorothy Allison, Silas House, Ann Pancake, Fenton Johnson, and Nickole Brown and emerging writers such as Savannah Sipple, Rahul Mehta, Mesha Maren, and Jonathan Corcoran--and including a mix of original and previously published work--this collection celebrates a literary canon made up of writers who give voice to what it means to be Appalachian and LGBTQ.

Jeff Mann is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech. He has published three poetry chapbooks, five full-length books of poetry, two collections of personal essays, a volume of memoir and poetry, three novellas, six novels, and three collections of short fiction. He is the winner of two Lambda Literary Awards.

Julia Watts is a professor of English at South College and a faculty mentor in Murray State University's low-residency MFA in writing program. She is the author of over a dozen novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Finding H.F., the Lambda Literary and Golden Crown Literary Society Award finalist The Kind of Girl I Am, and the Lambda Literary Award finalist and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning Secret City.

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Event date: 
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
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Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia Cover Image
By Jeff Mann (Editor), Julia Watts (Editor)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781946684929
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: West Virginia University Press - April 2019