Neema Avashia’s Examines her Roots in New Essay Collection

Congratulations to Neema Avashia for releasing her collection of essays Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place. As a queer Asian American teacher and writer, Avashia uses her experiences and identity to write something entirely unique and inspirational with hopes that readers will see Appalachia in a new light. She puts Appalachia at the center of the narrative to draw lessons she has learned about “…race and class, gender and sexuality [and how they] continue to inform the way she moves through the world today…” Using lyric and narrative explorations of beauty standards, religion, social media, and more, Neema Avashia shatters stereotypes and shakes up the way we see the world in the best way.

This collection will be released on March 1 published by West Virginia University Press and is available for preorder now on their website and

Neema Avashia, in this book, has named the unnamed, spoken the unspoken so that it does not become—to paraphrase Adrienne Rich—the unspeakable, and she has done so in language that is both lyrical and direct, both entertaining and edifying, both challenging and generous. I love this book and believe it introduces an important voice in America’s ongoing racial reckoning.

Rahul Mehta, author of No Other Worldup

You can find one of the essays featured in this collection, “Finding the Holy in an Unholy Coconut,” in Issue 23 of SR. You can read more about Neema on her website and follow her on Twitter.

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3 thoughts on “Neema Avashia’s Examines her Roots in New Essay Collection

  • February 12, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I feel that this book would be very informative in learning a different culture and understanding what current standards are for people today.

  • February 14, 2022 at 11:15 am

    This is something I will definitely read this upcoming week! For a topic that tackles so much that I relate to in life, it is something I’ll be sure to recommend to others, as well. The blending of one’s culture and gender/sexuality is always an aspect of life that can have many outcomes, and I look forward to seeing this glimpse into this experience.

  • February 14, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    I just recently took two classes that focused on gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity and I feel like this would really touch on the simultaneity of these things. I’ll definitely have to check it out!

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