Poetry

Enough Light to Prove the World Exists

In Crimes Against Birds, Denton Loving tends the landscapes, and dreamscapes, of Appalachia

by Emily Choate

April 17, 2015 In Denton Loving’s debut poetry collection, Crimes Against Birds, the rhythms of the waking world and the dream world hold equal power. Set among the narrow mountain roads, apple orchards, and cattle pastures of southern Appalachia, these poems push beyond bucolic portraits of nature. They ask us to wake up even as we descend into dreams.

Published Friday, 17 April 2015

A Sense of the Possible

Jane Hirshfield talks with Chapter 16 about poetry’s timelessness, camouflage in nature, and why she doesn’t need to be “pop-culture hip”

by Erica Wright

April 9, 2015 Today celebrated poet Jane Hirshfield talks with Chapter 16 about her new poetry collection, The Beauty, and her new essay collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. She will read at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on April 16, 2015, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 9 April 2015

Twice as Nice

East Tennessee poet Jesse Graves has won the prestigious Weatherford Award for the second time

by Mary Emily Vatt

April 1, 2015 The Weatherford Award is an honor bestowed by Berea College to highlight books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Basin Ghosts by Johnson City poet Jesse Graves received the poetry prize again this year.

Published Wednesday, 1 April 2015

“Frenchman’s Flat”

by Andrea Spofford

March 27, 2015 Andrea Spofford writes poems and essays, some of which can be found in The Portland Review, Sugar House Review, Revolver, and others. Spofford will read from her new book, The Pine Effect, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on April 1, 2015, at 4 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 27 March 2015

“Like Shad Ascending”

by Arthur J. Stewart

March 27, 2015 Arthur J. Stewart’s “science flavored” poetry has appeared in more than a dozen journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association, Lullwater Review, and Chemical and Engineering News. Stewart will read from From Where We Came, his fifth poetry collection, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville, on March 29, 2015, at 2 p.m. and at the Laurel Theater in Knoxville on April 2, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Published Friday, 27 March 2015

“Honeysuckle Roadside Doves”

by Amy Wright

March 27, 2015 Amy Wright is the nonfiction editor of Zone 3 Press and the author of four poetry chapbooks. She will read from her newest collection, Cracker Crumbs in the Bed, Rhinestones at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on April 1, 2015, at 4 p.m.

Published Friday, 27 March 2015

The Girl Their Hymns Forgot

In her debut poetry collection, Christina Stoddard grapples with the vulnerability of children in a violent world

by Erica Wright

March 24, 2015 In her debut collection, Hive, Nashville poet Christina Stoddard writes in the voice of a teenage Mormon girl about violence and its lifelong effects. Stoddard will launch her book on March 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at Parnassus Books in Nashville.

Published Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Light, Community, and Motion

Charlotte Pence’s poetry collection examines the parallels between ecology and mental illness

by Erica Wright

March 20, 2015 In her new poetry collection, Many Small Fires, Charlotte Pence writes about her father’s schizophrenia through the lens of ecology. Pence will read with Adam Prince on March 26, 2015, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville; with Adam Day on March 27, 2015, at Belmont University in Nashville; and with Bradford Tice on March 30, 2015, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. All events are free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 20 March 2015

"Cast-Offs"

by Charlotte Pence

March 20, 2015Charlotte Pence is a poet and critic who received her Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Tennessee. The author of two chapbooks, she has just published her first full-length collection, Many Small Fires. Pence will read with Adam Prince on March 26, 2015, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville; with Adam Day on March 27, 2015, at Belmont University in Nashville; and with Bradford Tice on March 30, 2015, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. All events are free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 20 March 2015

Making a Necessity of Memory

Poet Natasha Trethewey talks about history, her work, her biracial identity, and the violence in her past

by Maria Browning

March 16, 2015 Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2007 for her third book, Native Guard, which explores the complex interplay of personal and collective history. Natasha Trethewey will give a reading at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on March 19, 2015, at 7 p.m. The event, which will be held in Wilson Hall Room 126, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 16 March 2015

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