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LGBTQ Appalachia with Jeff Mann, Julia Watts & Maggie Anderson

June 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 12:40 pm EDT

Join co-editors Jeff Mann and Julia Watts, and contributing writer Maggie Anderson, for a discussion of identity, publishing, and community as related to their recent anthology, LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia.

FREE to attend, registration requested: https://virginia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lOUyVb_fSSmEB8ZXnCgtOQ

“[LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia is] an immersive exploration of queer life within the confines of a conservative American subculture.”—Foreword Reviews

This collection, the first of its kind, gathers original and previously published 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, this collection celebrates a literary canon made up of writers who give voice to what it means to be Appalachian and LGBTQ.

Jeff Mann, editor of LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia, has published three poetry chapbooks, five full-length books of poetry, three collections of personal essays, a volume of memoir and poetry, three novellas, six novels, and three collections of short fiction. The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards, he teaches at Virginia Tech. Learn more at jeffmannauthor.com.

A native of Southeastern Kentucky, Julia Watts is the author of thirteen novels for adults and young adults, most of which explore the lives of LGBT people in rural and small town Appalachia. Her most recent novel, QUIVER, was a Fall “Okra” Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. She currently resides in Knoxville and is pursuing a PhD in children’s and young adult literature at The University of Tennessee.

Maggie Anderson is the author of five books of poems including Dear All, Windfall: New and Selected Poems, A Space Filled with Moving, and Cold Comfort. Anderson has also co-edited several poetry anthologies, including A Gathering of Poets and Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry About School. Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania councils on the arts. She served as the director of the Northeast Ohio MFA in Creative Writing (NEOMFA) from 2006-2009. The founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and of the Wick Poetry Series of the Kent State University Press, Anderson is Professor Emerita of English at Kent State University and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at maggieandersonpoet.com.

This program is presented by the Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of Virginia Humanities. #HumanitiesAtHome


June 30, 2020
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm EDT
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