In 'Don't Cry For Us J.D. Vance,' Authors Share Their Experience Growing Up In Appalachia

Dec 2, 2020

Like the book that inspired it, the film version of J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy is drawing mixed reactions from people who grew up in the Appalachian community. For some local Appalachian authors, Vance's book and the movie are a damaging portrayal of a region and its people.

On Dec. 3 from 7-8:30 p.m., the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, Downbound Books and West Virginia University Press present "Don’t Cry for Us, J.D. Vance," a virtual reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors.

Featured presenters are Omope Carter Daboiku; Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour; Richard Hague; Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel; Michael Henson; Urban Appalachian Community Coalition Founder Michael Maloney; Dale Marie Prenatt; Bonnie Proudfoot; and Sherry Cook Stanforth. The event will include readings and a conversation about the strengths and challenges of Appalachian communities, both urban and rural.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the event are Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel; Poet Laureate of Ohio and the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Kari Gunter-Seymour; Storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku; and Downbound Books Owner Gregory Kornbluh.

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