Muncie author named to ‘Indiana Authors Awards’ Top 40 Books list — Muncie Journal

By Mike Rhodes, Editor,—

INDIANAPOLIS—J.R. Jamison de Muncie was nominated for the Indiana Authors Awards for the book Hillbilly Queer: A Memoir. The book was nominated in the DEBUT category, one of eight literary categories where prizes will be awarded. The winners will be announced on August 24, 2022.

Jamison’s book is an enduring love story between a conservative father and his gay son who find that sometimes the differences between us aren’t really that different at all.

Comments on Jamison’s book include:

“. . . One of the most humane and empowering memoirs in the Midwest. . . Indeed, we’re all more than heroes and villains, and Jamison does a great job of showing how and where our humanity gets lost in between. – Ashley C. Ford, author of Somebody’s Daughter and host of the HBO Lovecraft Country Radio podcast

“One of those rare books that finds beauty in the irreconcilable. At a time when our politics and our nation may feel broken, Hillbilly Queer shows us the messy glue of love that still holds families together. By turns powerful and vulnerable, JR Jamison takes the reader on a journey as deep and moving as the road trip he took with his father at the dawn of the Trump era. — Samantha Allen, author of Real Queer America

The 2022 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards include forty books written by Indiana authors that were published in 2020 and 2021. The awards were established in 2009 as a vision of Eugene and Marilyn Glick and are part of the rich and diverse literature of Indiana Humanities. programming. Indiana Humanities, with support from Glick Philanthropies, awards prizes every two years. Recipients have the opportunity to participate in an annual statewide speaker’s program and connect with readers, teachers and students.

The Indiana Authors Awards judges included past winners, writers, educators, scholars, local bookstore owners and librarians. The judges chose to shortlist books in the following categories: children’s, middle school, young adult, poetry, genre, beginning, fiction and non-fiction.

Winners will be announced August 24 at 10 a.m. via social media and the IAA newsletter. Follow @INAuthorsAwards and register at to receive the announcement.

JR Jamison is one of the founders of The facing project, a national organization that creates a more understanding and empathetic world through stories that inspire action. He also co-hosts The Facing Project radio show on NPR.

To see the full list of books and winners, visit

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