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Saturday, October 19 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Reconsidering Appalachia

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If you’ve read Hillbilly Elegy and think you know everything you need to know about Appalachia, come to this session for a very different perspective. We are joined by Chelsea Jack and Meredith McCarroll, both contributors to the anthology Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, which is critical of Hillbilly Elegy for being “anti-intellectual, overly anecdotal, and attempting to revitalize widely discredited ‘culture of poverty’ explanations for persistent inequities.” Our third panelist is Madeline ffitch, author of Stay and Fight, a powerful novel set in Appalachia in which a yuppie from Seattle becomes an unlikely homesteader with an unconventional family of choice. Publishers Weekly, in its starred review, called Stay and Fight a “remarkable, gripping debut novel.” Our moderator is author and poet Rusty Barnes, whose recent books include Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia and Ridgerunner.

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Rusty Barnes

Rusty Barnes, poet and crime writer, grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his BA from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Emerson College. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies like Best Small Fictions 2015... Read More →

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Chelsea Jack

Chelsea Jack is a PhD student in anthropology at Yale. Her fields of interest are anthropology of medicine, environmental history and humanities, agrarian studies, American literature, nature writing, and history. Jack has contributed to Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to... Read More →
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Madeline ffitch

Madeline ffitch is a writer with work in Tin House, Guernica, Granta, VICE, Electric Literature, and other publications. She co-founded the punk theater company Missoula Oblongata and is part of the direct-action collective Appalachia Resist! ffitch is the author of the short story... Read More →
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Meredith McCarroll

Meredith McCarroll is the writer of Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film and Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, a book that a starred Kirkus Reviews review called a “a welcome and valuable resource for anyone studying or writing about this much-maligned... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116