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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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Melissa Range

Melissa Range


(p.531) Melissa Range
Writing Appalachia
Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
University Press of Kentucky

Poet and educator Melissa Range was born in 1973 and reared in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Range identifies as Appalachian but is pulled away from the region as well.

Among her degrees, Range has a master’s in theological studies from Emory University, so her meditations on the qualities of faith carry as much depth of consideration as her musings on language and heritage. As she is not a member of an organized faith, her outsider’s perspective permits her a certain latitude. Despite the pugnacity of “Ofermod,” Range questions how people—mainly men—rationalize pursuit of spiritual ideals through warfare....

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