University Press of Kentucky Debuts Newest Series: ‘Appalachian Futures’

By University Press of Kentucky and Danielle Donham

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2021) — The University Press of Kentucky is debuting its newest series, “Appalachian Futures: Black, Native, and Queer Voices,” edited by Crystal Wilkinson, niversity of Kentucky faculty member and Kentucky's recently named Poet Laureate, alongside Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and Davis Shoulders.

This book series gives voice to Black, Native, Latinx, Asian, queer and other nonwhite or ignored identities within the Appalachian region.  

“This series reminds us that Appalachian literature is an ever-changing, complex organism with ancient bones and a fearless heart,” Clapsaddle said.

The advisory board for the compilation includes several UK faculty members and alumni, including alumni Ricardo Nazario y Colón and Jason Howard and faculty members Ann KingsolverShauna M. Morgan and Gerald L. Smith.

“This series is for Appalachians who know the multiplicity of voices here and have yet to see them in print. We see you, and it’s time the world knows you exist,” Shoulders said.

Wilkinson is the author of “Perfect Black,” “The Birds of Opulence,” “Blackberries, Blackberries” and “Water Street.” She was named a 2020 USA Fellow by United States Artists and teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she is associate professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program. 

The press is actively accepting submissions. For more information or to submit a proposal or manuscript for consideration, please contact Editor at Large Abby Freeland at

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, six private colleges and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward operating and publishing expenses.​

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