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Rural Voices: 15 authors challenge assumptions about small town America

A couple of springs ago while staying in the family cabin at the tree line we had a very strange and mysterious encounter with an unknown 'thing' outside our cabin in the middle of the night. This birthed a short story about a young Inupiaq girl having a similar experience. This short story is part of a wonderful book that is going to be available in October! Rural Voices is an amazing collection of stories by some very talented writers and I am so honored to even get the chance to be a part of it all. Along with the story you will find a black and white drawing I did of the main character Adah at the cabin. The best part was having the opportunity to be able to write about real Inupiaq experiences with all the cultural richness include.

You can pre-order this book where ever books are sold.

Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of stories that turns preconceptions on their head.

Gracie sees a chance of fitting in at her South Carolina private school, until a "white trash"-themed Halloween party has her steering clear of the rich kids. Samuel's Tejano family has both stood up to oppression and been a source of it, but now he's ready to own his true sexual identity. A Puerto Rican teen in Utah discovers that being a rodeo queen means embracing her heritage, not shedding it. . . .

For most of America's history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors' real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home. Fifteen extraordinary authors--diverse in ethnic background, sexual orientation, geographic location, and socioeconomic status--explore the challenges, beauty, and nuances of growing up in rural America. From a mountain town in New Mexico to the gorges of New York to the arctic tundra of Alaska, you'll find yourself visiting parts of this country you might not know existed--and meet characters whose lives might be surprisingly similar to your own.

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