Mtn. Talk: Silas House and “Southernmost”
In our second installment for June’s LGBTQ+ History Month programming we bring you an interview with Kentucky author and activist Silas House. House is the nationally bestselling author of six novels, a book of creative nonfiction, and three plays. He was born and raised in Laurel County, Kentucky and also spent much of his childhood in Leslie County. He now makes his home in Berea Kentucky where he works as the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College. He also serves as a member of the fiction faculty at Spalding University’s MFA program in creative writing.
“Southernmost” released June 5, 2018 is House’s sixth novel. In this interview he reads an excerpt from the book and talks about the central themes of parenthood, religion, and queerness in the rural south. He also talks about his writing process and tips for emerging writers, national misconceptions of working class and rural people, authors and musicians who inspire his work, and the complexity of rural mountain communities’ navigation of a changing political and social world.
This interview is a real treat! Give it a listen and then go find a copy of Southernmost to read!