October 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Gradin, Alumni Edit Book on ‘Storytelling in Queer Appalachia’

Sherrie Gradin, portrait

Dr. Sherrie Gradin

Ohio University alumni and faculty Dr. Hillery Glasby, Dr. Sherrie Gradin and Dr. Rachael Ryerson edited the book Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining and Writing the Unspeakable Other, published by the West Virginia University Press.

Gradin is Professor of English and Director of the Appalachian Writing Project at Ohio University. Ryerson is Assistant Professor of Instruction and Director of Composition at OHIO. Ryerson is also an alum, having earned a Ph.D. in English and a Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate in 2017 from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO. Glasby, Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University, is also an alum, earning a Ph.D. in English in 2016.

Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining and Writing the Unspeakable Other book cover“In one of the first collections of scholarship at the intersection of LGBTQ studies and Appalachian studies, voices from the region’s valleys, hollers, mountains, and campuses blend personal stories with scholarly and creative examinations of living and surviving as queers in Appalachia. The essayists collected in Storytelling in Queer Appalachia are academics, social workers, riot grrrl activists, teachers, students, practitioners, scholars of divinity, and boundary crossers, all imagining how to make legible the unspeakable other of Appalachian queerness,” says the book website.

“Focusing especially on disciplinary approaches from rhetoric and composition, the volume explores sexual identities in rural places, community and individual meaning-making among the Appalachian diaspora, the storytelling infrastructure of queer Appalachia, and the role of the metronormative in discourses of difference. Storytelling in Queer Appalachia affirms queer people, fights for queer visibility over queer erasure, seeks intersectional understanding, and imagines radically embodied queer selves through social media.”





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