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Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Neema Avashia

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on March 9, 2022.

Neema Avashia was born and raised in southern West Virginia to parents who immigrated to the United States from India. Her essay collection, Another Appalachia, attempts to reconcile her nostalgia for the place she grew up with the troubling realities of unemployment and addiction that confront the state today, while exploring how the lessons she learned in childhood continue to shape her identity in the present.

Avashia has been a history and Civics teacher in the Boston Public Schools since 2003, and often writes opinion pieces and commentary regarding her experiences as an educator. Her essays have appeared in The Bitter SouthernerCatapultKenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.

Me and Neema in conversation at Neema’s GrubStreet launch on 3/1/22 at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition!

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