Three memoirists examine their lives in Appalachia, revealing the breadth and diversity of the region.

In Loving Mountains, Loving Men, the “godfather of queer Appalachia” Jeff Man shares his experiences in essays and poems. Performance artist and author Anya Liftig explores her origins in Holler Rat. Danielle Chapman, a poet and professor, confronts the racism and militarism of her southern childhood, as well as its beauty in Holler: A Poet Among Patriots. Jeffrey Dale Lofton, author of an Appalachia-set novel, Red Clay Suzie, leads the conversation.

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