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6/8 - LGBTQ Appalachia w/ Julia Watts and Silas House

Celebrate Pride month at Union Ave Books by joining us for a reading Saturday, June 8th at 4 pm with editor Julia Watts and contributor Silas House to discuss the collection LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia.  

About the Book

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.

About the Authors

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. 

Silas House is the author of five novels. His book for middle-grade readers, Same Sun Here, was a finalist for the E. B. White Read-Aloud award. A frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the winner of the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Writers Association's Book of the Year, and other honors.


Event Date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 4:00pm
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia Cover Image
By Jeff Mann (Editor), Julia Watts (Editor)
ISBN: 9781946684929
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: West Virginia University Press - April 2019