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Mtn. Talk: Dorothy Allison on Class, Language, & Memory

Mtn. Talk: Dorothy Allison on Class, Language, & Memory

Dorothy Allison at her home in Sonoma County California, August 2018. Photo copyright Rachel Garringer for Country Queers.


In this episode we bring you an hour of brilliance, fire and humor from iconic Southern writer, Dorothy Allison.

Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist, a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.  Allison is the author of the poetry chapbook, The Women Who Hate Me, the short story collection Trash, the essay collection Skin: Talking About Sex, Class, & Literature, the novels Bastard Out of Carolina and Cavedweller, and the memoir Two Or Three Things I Know for Sure.

Allison gave the keynote address at the 2019 Appalachian Writers’ Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, KY on July 25, 2019.  We’ll hear Allison talk about writing, language, voice, memory, class, and spirituality, but first, Kentucky Writer Silas House introduces her.

Music on this episode features Carla Gover with a tune called “Don’t Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There” from her album Hush, My Restless Soul That album was released on Appalshop’s own June Appal Recordings.

This episode was recorded & produced by Rachel Garringer.





appalachian history,
Appalachian Literature,
Appalachian Writers,
Appalachian Writers' Workshop,
arts & culture,
Dorothy Allison,
Hindman Settlement School,
Silas House,
Southern Literature,
working class literature,