Read Appalachia

Celebrating Appalachian Literature & Writing


Founded by Kendra Winchester

Kendra Winchester holds an MA in English Literature and is the Co-founder and Executive Producer of Reading Women, a podcast that features books by or about women. Raised in Appalachian Ohio, she currently reads and writes from coffee shops in South Carolina.

Featured Articles and Interviews

Appalachian Writing and Podcast Episodes from Around the Web

“The Course of a Creek” by Garrett Robinson

“Behind the Scenes in Black Appalachia” by Crystal Good

“Filling In a News Gap for Black West Virginians” by Amanda Page

“‘Labor Days, Labor Nights’ Would Let You Crash on Its Couch” by Garrett Robinson

“Something’s Rising: 12 years later, still crushingly relevant.” by Garrett Robinson

“Opinion: When J.D Vance Called Himself a hillbilly, it made me mad. Now, I’m upset that he stopped.” by Cassie Chambers Armstrong

Read Appalachia Guest Spot on Appodlachia

Guest on Perks of Being a Book Lover

Some Americans No Longer Believe in the Common Good by Silas House

15 More Books to Read Instead of Hillbilly Elegy | Book Riot

OP-ED by Mandi Fugate Sheffel

My story is one of redemption and hope. Eastern Kentucky can have one, too.

Q&A with Brian Broome | Debutiful

“Why You Should @ReadAppalachia” by Amanda Page

“6 of the Best Appalachian Audiobooks” by Kendra Winchester

Kendra Talks about Read Appalachia on Jenny Colvin’s podcast Reading Envy

Crystal Wilkinson Annouced as Kentucky’s Next Poet Laureate

“Consuming Blackness in 'progressive' West Virginia” by Crystal Good

“Appalachian Futures: Black, Queer, and Native Voices” from University of Kentucky Press

“Covid Kitchen” by Crystal Wilkinson

Interview with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle | Reading Women

15 Books About Appalachia to Read Instead of Hillbilly Elegy | Book Riot

“Best Books of 2020” via Book Riot

“Lost in a (Mis)Gendered Appalachia” by Leah Hampton

“A Crowded Table” by Silas House

“Appalachin Audiobooks That Taught Me How to Say Goodbye” by Kendra Winchester

“Hillbillies Need No Elegy” by Meredith McCarroll

Appalachian Summer Reading Challenge

#ReadAppalachiaSummer | May 16th - August 31st

Introducing the Appalachian Summer Reading Challenge!

From May 16th until August 31st, Read Appalachia is running a reading challenge to encourage folks to pick up more books about Appalachia or books by Appalachian writers.

With this bingo board, you can try to connect four in a row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Or, if you’re more wild at heart, you can try to complete as many prompts as possible. Either way, you’re sure to have a good time!

Share what you’re reading for the Appalachian Summer Reading Challenge using the hashtag #ReadAppalachiaSummer.

Happy Reading!

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