Diverse Collaborators and the Experience of Editing an Anthology

  • "All About Skin: An Anthology of Short Fiction by Women of Color

    Rochelle Spencer, Department of English - Co-Editor 

    Rochelle Spencer presenting at Issues of Diversity 2014All About Skin is a collection of short fiction by women writers of color, many of whom have won prestigious prizes such as the Iowa Writers Award, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, inclusion in Best American Short Stories and in the Pushcart Prize anthologies. Contemporary writers ZZ Packer, Amina Gautier, Patricia Engel, Xu Xi, Chinelo Okparanta, Jennine Capo Crucet, and Emily Raboteau, are among the many talented women writers who will be featured in the anthology. 

     Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature

    —John Branscum, Department of English - Co-Editor

    John Branscum presenting at Issues of Diversity 2014In an extraordinarily diverse anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic narratives by contemporary Appalachian writers, Red Holler takes us over and beyond the stock imagery of rural mountain communities. The collection spans ten years and communities in locales ranging from Mississippi to New York, placing fresh new voices alongside widely known and celebrated authors.  We travel into housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer parks, to explore vibrant hometown and migrant Appalachian cultures. Drawing on Appalachian literature’s roots in Native American myth, African American urban legend, and European folk culture, and embracing Appalachian urban fiction, the Southern Gothic, gritty no-holds-barred realism, and magical realism, the stories and poems of Red Holler elegantly cohere to perfectly depict what makes Appalachia so fascinating: its irreverent and outlaw challenges to mainstream notions of propriety and convention.