Wildcrafting Our Queerness: An Interview with Dustin Hall, Artist (Update #4)

Dustin Hall, St. Sebastiane, 2019, Acrylic on paper, photo from Instagram – @birdsdeadbutshesnot

Dustin Hall is a self-taught painter working out of Neon, Kentucky. In the past few years, he has a created a prolific body of work that engages multiple aspects of his identity–young, queer, Appalachian–while challenging established artistic assumptions regarding bodies, landscapes, figures, and abstraction.  Often painting on unconventional materials that are readily available to him, including […]

Wildcrafting Our Queerness: Metronormativity Primer (Update #3)

During my conversation with Mamone (@queerappalachia), they succinctly pointed out that, both historically and currently, “everybody has a hot take about Appalachia.” Following the 2016 election especially, news outlets, the memoir-industrial complex (I’m looking at you, J.D. Vance), and popular media have all looked to Appalachia and rural areas as a scapegoat for their political […]

Wildcrafting Our Queerness: Travels with Maxwell (Update #2)


While the most exciting element of my trip was meeting, talking to, and generally surrounding myself with scores of interesting people, these folks didn’t just come to my little apartment in Morgantown.  Rather, I spent a lot of quality time with the highway as I drove all over West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky.  One major […]