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Join us for a conversation with Jamie Lyn Smith (author of "Township") and Alison Stine (author of "Trashlands").
Smith is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her work has appeared in The Pinch, Kenyon Review, Mississippi Review, Bayou, and many other literary magazines. She is the 2020 recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. She edits Fiction for BreakBread Magazine, and is the Chief Operations Officer at BreakBread Literacy Project, a national youth arts organization that provides free writing workshops, readings, and literary apprenticeships to young creatives.
Her debut short story collection, "Township", explores Appalachian Ohio and the rotating cast of characters who call it home. With honesty, empathy, and humor, Smith closely examines the strains that intimate family ties exert on lives worn raw by collective history. These stories interrogate the notion of reconciliation, examining whether people can truly change and if forgiveness is possible.
Stine grew up in rural Ohio and now lives in Colorado. Her first novel, "Road Out of Winter", won the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award. Recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Geographic, she has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.
In her latest novel, "Trashlands", generations from now, global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: garbage is currency. In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a “plucker,” pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art. When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?
Order your copies of the authors' books:
? "Township": http://jamielyn-smith.squarespace.com/township-short-stories
? "Trashlands": https://www.macsbacks.com/book/9780778311270