The hills and hollers of Appalachia hold many secrets, some of them magical, some of them horrifying. Yet for those willing to listen, there are stories to be told from the trees, the crawdads, and everything in between. How can we as writers translate the impressions of such an animated environment, in all its wonder and terror to the printed page? Ask Ashley Blooms, an Appalachian author who has just published her debut novel ‘Every Bone A Prayer.” Blooms will be reading from her recently published book, Every Bone a Prayer (Sourcebooks, 2020). NPR has called her novel, “‘a difficult, important, and beautifully rendered story of generational trauma, survival, and healing.” She’s a graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop and received her MFA as a John and Renee Grisham Fellow from the University of Mississippi. Her fiction has appeared in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons, among others. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Oxford American. She currently lives in rural Kentucky with her partner and dog, where she is at work on her second novel. She tweets occasionally @ashleyblooms. There will be a Q&A session after the reading. 5% of proceeds will be going to organizations that provide resources to survivors of trauma and abuse.