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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Y’all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia

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Y’all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia is a 256-page collection uplifting the voices of an extremely varied and diverse community who define Appalachia and non–metronormative queerness for themselves. Edited by Z. Zane McNeill, this forthcoming book is born out of optimism situated within an Appalachian history of resistance and queerness fueled by radical community making, mutual aid, and solidarity in movements for intersecting justices.

Y’all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia is a celebration of the weird and wonderful  aspects of a troubled region in all of their manifest glory! This  collection is a thought-provoking hoot and a holler of “we’re queer and  we’re here to stay, cause we’re every bit a piece of the landscape as  the rocks and the trees” echoing through the hills of Appalachia and  into the boardrooms of every media outlet and opportunistic author  seeking to define Appalachia from the outside for their own political  agendas. Multidisciplinary and multi-genre, Y’all necessarily  incorporates elements of critical theory, such as critical race theory  and queer theory, while dealing with a multitude of methodologies, from  quantitative analysis, to oral history and autoethnography.

This collection eschews the contemporary trend of “reactive” or  “responsive” writing in the genre of Appalachian studies, and  alternatively, provides examples of how modern Appalachians are defining  themselves on their own terms. As such, it also serves as a toolkit for  other Appalachian readers to follow suit, and similarly challenge the  labels, stereotypes and definitions often thrust upon them. While  providing blunt commentary on the region’s past and present, the book’s  soul is sustained by the resilience, ingenuity, and spirit exhibited by  the authors; values which have historically characterized the  Appalachian region and are continuing to define its culture to the  present.

This book demonstrates above all else that Appalachia and its people  are filled with a vitality and passion for their region which will  slowly but surely effect long-lasting and positive changes in the  region. If historically Appalachia has been treated as a “mirror” of the  country, this book breaks that trend by allowing modern Appalachians to  examine their own reflections and to share their insights in an honest,  unfiltered manner with the world.

Contributors include Beck Banks, Julie Rae Powers, e.k. hoffman, M. ama, sair goetz, Tennessee Jones, Samantha Allen, Heather Brydie Harris, Marc Aaron Guest, Rebecca Eli Long, Kendall Loyer, Chessie Oak, Maxwell Cloe, Rachel Casiano Hernandez, Matthew R. Sparks, Brenton Watts, and Hannah Conway.

As of October 20th, this project has raised $10,500 of their $8,000 goal. This project has 9 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $10, you will get one e-Book.  For a pledge of $20, you will get one book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ww3/yall-means-all-the-emerging-voices-queering-appalachia?ref=section-homepage-view-more-discovery-p1

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