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Y’all Means All: A Virtual Discussion

September 20 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us virtually for a Banned Books Week discussion with the editor and three contributing authors of “Y’all Means All: Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia.”

Visit bit.ly/CCLvoices to register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion. The first 25 attendees who register will receive a free copy of the book by mail. Please register by midnight on September 19 to receive the login information.

This event is funded through the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


Y’all Means All is a celebration of the weird and wonderful aspects of a troubled region in all of their manifest glory! This collection is a thought provoking hoot and a holler of “we’re queer and we’re here to stay, cause we’re every bit a piece of the landscape as the rocks and the trees” echoing through the hills of Appalachia and into the boardrooms of every media outlet and opportunistic author seeking to define Appalachia from the outside for their own political agendas. Multidisciplinary and multi-genre, Y’all necessarily incorporates elements of critical theory, such as critical race theory and queer theory, while dealing with a multitude of methodologies, from quantitative analysis, to oral history and autoethnography.



Z. Zane McNeill is a trans activist-scholar who has worked in the spheres of public policy, animal law, and government relations. They have edited anthologies on anti-carceral veganism and queer liberation in Appalachia, are currently a Board member of the labor rights group, Rights for Animal Advocates (RARA), and are a contributing writer at Law@theMargins, Waging Nonviolence, and Sentient Media. They are the editor of Y’all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia (PM Press 2022) and Vegan Entanglements: Dismantling Racial and Carceral Capitalism (Lantern Publishing and Media, 2022).



Julie Rae Powers received their MFA in Photography from The Ohio State University and their BFA in Photography from James Madison University. Their photographic and written work has focused on family history, coal, Appalachia, the queer “female” gaze, the butch body, and queer chosen families. Their work is collected by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, have been awarded the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2016 and 2020 and was selected in Critical Mass’ Top 200 for 2021. Julie Rae is a part of “Y’all Means All: Queering Appalachian Voices” edited by Z. Zane McNeil. Soft Lightning Studio, an inclusive photo book publisher created and ran by Julie Rae published “The Home We Know” by Ben Willis which was featured in the Washington Post and is collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library. Additionally, they are the author and editor of a forthcoming collection of Queer Appalachian photographers. For their day job they work as an Instructional Designer.

Rebecca-Eli Long (they, them, theirs) is a disabled scholar, activist, and artist who works to disrupt ableist structural violence across geographic and disciplinary contexts. An avid knitter, Rebecca-Eli is interested in how creative forms of knowledge-making can change social injustices. They are a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Gerontology at Purdue University and also have an MA in Appalachian Studies, informing their current book project about the political ecology of disability in Appalachia.



As a Communication and Media Studies doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon, Beck Banks specializes in transgender media and transgender/queer rurality. Originally from Dolly Parton country, Beck is curious about how rural-based trans media activists work within their communities as well as how they are received by them. To boot, they examine trans television representation and its activist efforts- or the performance of those. Beck is a practitioner-scholar who teams with activist groups and organizations to create the representation they would like to see in the world.


September 20
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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