Crooked Letter i offers a collection of first-person nonfiction narratives that reflect the distinct 'coming out' experiences of a complex cross-section of gay, lesbian, and transgendered Southerners from all walks of life and at different stages in their lives. The experiences represented here pivot around a central theme -- finally finding language to understand one's identity, and then discovering we were never the only ones. Revealing a vibrant cross-section of Southerners, the writers of these narratives have in common the experience of being Southern and different, but determined against all odds.
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Connie Griffin's southern roots go back for generations in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. The daughter of a fundamentalist minister, she left the South and relocated to New England in her late twenties for graduate studies in multicultural literature of the Americas. She is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor at the University Without Walls, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Connie is an experienced writing workshop facilitator who teaches, writes, and publishes in the field of narrative nonfiction. She has combined her interests in literary and cultural studies with feminist and queer theory to address cultural constructions of identity. Her book, To Tell the Truth: Practice and Craft in Narrative Nonfiction, published by Longman/Pearson Publishers (2009), draws on her years of teaching workshops and university courses in creative nonfiction writing and American literature (including southern literature) and incorporates an anthology of narrative nonfiction pieces. Connie received her B.A. from the University of Tulsa, her M.A. from Boston College, and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her life partner, their numerous pooches, and cats.

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Publisher
NewSouth Books
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Published on
Aug 21, 2015
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9781588383136
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / LGBT
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