John Branscum, Department of English, announces the release of his new anthology, Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature (Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature).
In an extraordinarily diverse anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic essays by contemporary Appalachian writers, Red Holler takes us over and beyond the stock imagery of rural mountain communities. We travel into housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring the vibrant migrant tradition of Appalachian culture. Editors Branscum and Wayne Thomas have assembled a collection spanning 10 years and the mountain range from Mississippi to New York, placing fresh new voices alongside widely known and celebrated authors. Spanning Native American myth, African American urban legend, folk culture, and European ghost stories, this is an anthology of disenfranchised, yet robust peoples. The stories and poems of Red Holler elegantly cohere to perfectly depict what makes Appalachia so fascinating: its irreverent and outlaw challenges to the notions of propriety and convention.
Branscum grew up in Kentucky, Arkansas, and California. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs pedagogy committee, and text editor for Black and Grey Magazine. His fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have won the national Ursula K. Le Guin Award for Imaginative Fiction, several Academy of American Poets awards, and appearances in Best American Non-required Reading and Best American Horror.
Thomas teaches creative writing at Tusculum College, a small school located in the northeast Tennessee mountains. He is editor of the Tusculum Review.
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