On December 3, UACC, in conjunction with
Downbound Books and West Virginia University Press, will host a virtual event: Don't Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors. Hillbilly Elegy, both the book and film, has sparked concern about how Vance represents the Appalachian region. Learn more about why some of the region's writers are concerned about Vance's image of Appalachia and how the diverse voices of Appalachia can best be heard and appreciated in this week's blog post.

Plus, an article of interest, our featured artist of the week, and reminders/links to the upcoming event.

UACC to Sponsor Upcoming Virtual Event December 3

Don't Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors, a UACC co-sponsored event, will take place this week on Thursday, December 3 at 7 PM. Join the discussion and hear from Appalachian voices - register (for free) in advance and invite your friends, family, and networks.

UACC Core Members Pauletta Hansel and Mike Maloney - as well as a number of our Stewards - will be featured in the virtual event! You don't want to miss this. Want to learn more? Be sure to read our most recent blog post below.
Hillbilly Elegy Doesn't Reflect the Appalachia I Know - The Atlantic

"Hillbilly Elegy doesn’t show the positive side of Appalachia that my aunt and I know, because that wouldn’t serve the story’s purposes. The film and book need Appalachia to be poor, broken, and dirty, because they depend on us believing that the mountains are somewhere we want Vance to escape. They need to frame poverty as a moral failing of individuals—as opposed to systems—because they have to imply that something about Vance’s character allowed him to get away from his hillbilly roots. Hillbilly Elegy has to simplify the people and problems of Appalachia, because it has decided to tell the same old pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps narrative that so many of us reject." Read the full article HERE.


Don’t Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors
Decmeber 3 @ 7 PM

UACC, Downbound Books and West Virginia University Press are co-sponsoring Don't Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors to be held December 3 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. This event is FREE and advance registration is required. Click here to register.

The Appalachia depicted in J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is not one we recognize, and the societal issues Vance pins on the failings of individuals and families are neither their creation nor theirs alone to solve. With Ron Howard’s film adaptation of the bestselling book poised to bring this damaging portrayal of a region and its people to an even wider audience, we invite you to join us instead for a reading from some of Ohio’s most respected Appalachian authors and advocates. Short readings will be followed by a conversation about the strengths and challenges of Appalachian communities, both urban and rural.

Featured Readers:

Omope Carter Daboiku’s writing focuses on the intersectionality of place, identity, and belonging and the experience of growing up a “mixed-race colored child” on the Appalachian landscape.

Kari Gunter-Seymour, author of A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen is Poet Laureate of Ohio and the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year.

Richard Hague’s 20 volumes of poetry and prose include Studied Days: Poems Early and Late in Appalachia. Awards include Appalachian Writers Association Poetry Book of the Year and the Weatherford Award.

Pauletta Hansel was Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate. Her poetry collections include Coal Town Photograph and Palindrome, 2017 Weatherford Award winner for Appalachian Poetry.

Michael Henson is author of four books of fiction and four poetry collections, most recently Maggie Boylan, a 2018 Great Group Reads Selection.

Michael Maloney is an Appalachian activist and a scholar whose long career has included founding the Cincinnati Urban Appalachian Council and its successor, the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition.

Dale Marie Prenatt is a poet and storyteller with work in the anthology Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy.

Bonnie Proudfoot has published both fiction and poetry, and lives in Athens, Ohio. Her first novel, Goshen Road, is a 2020 Great Group Reads selection.

Sherry Cook Stanforth is director of Thomas More University’s Creative Writing Vision Program, editor of Riparian, and author of Drone String.

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