A new collection showcases the poetry of the late Wilmer Mills
by Tina LoTufo
November 25, 2013 Selected Poems by the late Wilmer Mills includes poems about building a house, plowing a field, and crafting a cradle, among others. This poet, who died in 2011 at age forty-one, writes from specific, hands-on experience but also sees beyond the ordinary to touch what is timeless in each act.
Published Monday, 25 November 2013
November 21, 2013 James E. Cherry is the author of six poetry collections, a novel, and a book of short stories. His 2008 collection, Honoring the Ancestors, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Still A Man and Other Stories was nominated for a Lillian Smith Book Award and was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cherry is an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso. He lives in Jackson, Tennessee, with his wife and is preparing a novel for publication.
Published Thursday, 21 November 2013
Nikki Giovanni’s vibrant spirit is evident in her new collection, Chasing Utopia
November 13, 2013 Nikki Giovanni is a poet who speaks directly about the business of living, whether she’s celebrating simple pleasures, observing the difficulties of love, or denouncing injustice. On November 20, 2013, at 6:15 p.m., she will discuss her new collection, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid, at the Nashville Public Library. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.
Published Wednesday, 13 November 2013
by Bill Brown
November 11, 2013 Bill Brown grew up in West Tennessee ten miles from the Mississippi River. He is the author of eight poetry collections and a writing textbook. Formerly the director of the writing program at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, he was named a Distinguished Teacher in the Arts in 1995 by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the 2011 Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. His latest book is The News Inside. “When the Dust Settles” is from his 2008 collection, Late Winter.
Published Monday, 11 November 2013
November 1, 2013 Elizabeth Cox’s poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Atlantic, and others. Her fiction has won the O’Henry Prize, the Robert Penn Warren Award, and the Lillian Smith Award. Cox has taught at Duke University, the Bennington Low Residency Program, the University of Massachusetts, and MIT. Most recently, Cox shared the John Cobb Chair of Humanities with her husband, C. Michael Curtis, at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She grew up in Chattanooga and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Published Thursday, 31 October 2013
In a new anthology, John Branscum and Wayne Thomas have collected the literary treasures of Appalachia
by Ralph Bowden
October 31, 2013 For Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature, John Branscum and Wayne Thomas have compiled a group of stories, essays, poems, and graphic narratives from the work of twenty-three Appalachian authors. As the book’s subtitle suggests, the selections are truly contemporary, and many stretch the boundaries of traditional literary forms. They also stretch the old Appalachian stereotypes of primitive violence, poverty, and ignorance.
Published Wednesday, 30 October 2013
With O, What a Luxury, Garrison Keillor skewers modern life and takes his place beside Ogden Nash and Roy Blount Jr.
October 23, 2013 Garrison Keillor’s popular NPR program, A Prairie Home Companion, has provided the basis for Keillor’s many novels and story collections, a film starring Meryl Streep, and now a volume of comic verse. Keillor will read from O, What a Luxury on October 28, 2013, at 6:15 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.
Published Tuesday, 22 October 2013
by TJ Jarrett
October 18, 2013 TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville. Her debut collection, Ain’t No Grave has just been released from New Issues Press. A second collection, Zion, winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition 2013, will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in the fall of 2014. Jarrett will read from Ain’t No Grave on October 24, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville. The event is free and open to the public.
Published Thursday, 17 October 2013
Kevin Young talks with Chapter 16 about poetry, food, music, and family
September 20, 2013 Whether he is talking about Modernism, blues singers, the slave ship Amistad, film noir, or one of many other subjects he has studied, Kevin Young—celebrated poet, essayist, and editor—writes poems and essays that simultaneously serve as portals to the past and future. Young will appear at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on September 26, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 126. The event is free and open to the public.
Published Thursday, 19 September 2013
Poet Mary Jo Salter’s new collection, Nothing by Design, is heavy and light by turns
September 11, 2013 The poems in Mary Jo Salter’s Nothing by Design display her characteristic wit, erudition, and formal grace, along with real depth of feeling. They are entertaining in the truest sense, speaking to the reader’s mind and heart with equal urgency, and they have a bit of silliness thrown in for good measure. Salter will appear at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13, 2013. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Published Tuesday, 10 September 2013
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