Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South
Bottom Dog Press
May 15, 2017
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.45 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author
Chris Offutt grew up in Haldeman, Kentucky, population 200, in the eastern hills. He has published 6 books set in Kentucky. He also wrote screenplays for True Blood, Weeds, and Treme. His work is included in many textbooks and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and The Pushcart Prize, 2017. His most recent book is My Father, the Pornographer, from Simon & Schuster.
Charles Dodd White is the author of the novels, A Shelter of Others and Lambs of Men, as well as the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County, published by Bottom Dog Press. He's also co-editor of the Appalachian anthologies, Degrees of Elevation and Appalachia Now, also published by Bottom Dog. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee where he teaches at Pellissippi State Community College and directs the annual James Agee Conference
Laura Argiri is the author of The God in Flight (Random House 1995, Penguin 1996, Lethe Press 2016) and Guilty Parties: Leighlah and Others, which includes �Cottage Industry.� Lethe Press will publish Guilty Parties in spring of 2017. The collection is about the fine gradations of bad behavior and its impact on both targets and perpetrators. Laura is a bicultural Southerner/New Englander who plans to become an expatriate soon
Okey Napier lives in Huntington, WV where he teaches Sociology at Marshall University, Mountwest Community & Technical College, and Ohio University. He is working on his MFA in Creative Writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College and also writing a novel, Make Me Pretty Sissy. Okey is currently touring as his drag persona, Ilene Over, in his one woman show � Rainbow in the Mountains: Queer and Fabulous in Appalachia.
Larry Smith, a native of the industrial Ohio River Valley, is a poet, fiction writer, biographer, and editor-director of Bottom Dog Press where he has edited over 60 books and published 200. He is a professor emeritus of Bowling Green State University�s Firelands College in Ohio. His most recent books are Lake Winds: Poems and The Thick of Thin: Memoirs of a Working-Class Writer. With Charles Dodd White he edited Appalachia Now: Stories of Contemporary Appalachia.
Julia Watts is the author of thirteen novels and several short story collections in the genres of young adult fiction and lesbian fiction/erotica. Her books are set in her native Appalachia and often depict the lives of LGBTQ people in the Bible Belt. Her novel Finding H.F. (Alyson Press, 2001) won the 2001 Lambda Literary Award in the children/young adult category. Her novel Women's Studies was a finalist for a Golden Crown Literary Society award. Her historical YA novel Secret City (Bella Books, 2013) was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, was a selection for the 2015 ALA Rainbow List, and was a winner of a Golden Crown Literary Award. In addition to her fiction work, Watts co-edited an anthology of essays, memoirs and stories on the sensitive topic of menstruation titled Women. Period.. She holds a masters in fine arts from Spalding University. She currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she teaches at South College.
The writing gathered here is the result of some deep questioning and brave sharing. Whether in personal nonfiction or projected storytelling, the writing witnesses life as it�s lived today. Character and voice are paramount, as are theme and style. These are real people caught in authentic situations and struggles for acceptance and caring. In a country where division and judgment are so prominent, they open the circle of acceptance. As Ram Dass declares, the circle is a wonderful image and concept, only keep it expanding. We thank these writers and welcome you reading it as part of our unbroken circle. �Larry Smith (Introduction)