Talking Back: Voices from Appalachia

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Meredith McCarroll
contact email: 

Seeking submissions for a collection of personal narratives that address and complicate Appalachian identities. Interested in voices that challenge and enrich simplistic valorizing or demonizing images of Appalachia. Contributors might range from scholars to poets to farmers to fiddlers—anyone who can add a voice to create a more full chorus—at times dissonant, at times harmonic.

Possible entry points:

  • intersection of Appalachian identity with race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation;
  • journeys in and out of Appalachia;
  • relationship to work/labor as informed by Appalachian identity;
  • relationship between Appalachian identity and education,
  • impact of stereotyping and misrepresentation.

In conversation with university press.

Direct questions to Meredith McCarroll at

Brief abstracts due August 1, 2017.