The Art of Attention

A new essay collection from the University of Tennessee honors Jeff Daniel Marion, beloved Appalachian poet and teacher

by Sarah Norris

April 28, 2016 Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Holston celebrates the life and work of Appalachian poet Jeff Daniel Marion. Edited by Jesse Graves, Thomas Alan Holmes, and Ernest Lee, the anthology contains seventeen essays—including an autobiographical essay by Marion himself—an interview with the poet, and a detailed timeline of his life.

Published Thursday, 28 April 2016

When Their Hearts Became Their Landscape

Ron Rash’s Poems: New and Selected meditates on the interconnectedness between Appalachian people and their land

by Emily Choate

April 7, 2016 Ron Rash has built his reputation as a prolific chronicler of Appalachian lives, and his new collection, Poems: New and Selected, adds to this formidable body of work, shining focused light into pockets of mountain shadow. Rash will read from the book at Chattanooga State Community College at several events held April 12-15, 2016, in connection with the Writers@Work series.

Published Thursday, 7 April 2016


Vanderbilt MFA candidate Tiana Clark picks up another major award

by Margaret Renkl

April 4, 2016 Vanderbilt University M.F.A. candidate Tiana Clark has added another national honor to her extensive CV: Clark's chapbook, Equilibrium, is the winner of the 2016 Frost Place competition and will be published by Bull City Press in early 2017.

Published Monday, 4 April 2016

Young Magic

From the stage to the page, Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate shines

by Erica Ciccarone

March 28, 2016 Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate, has just published her debut collection. this is our war sparkles with imagery and wisdom that will stay with you long after you close the book. Mukhopadhyay will read from it at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 1, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Monday, 28 March 2016


by Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

March 28, 2016 Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay is a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School, and she has been writing for as long as she can remember with the help of her creative and supportive parents. In 2015, she served as the first-ever Nashville Youth Poet Laureate, and her work is under contract with Penmanship Books. She will read from this is our war at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 1, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Monday, 28 March 2016


by Sue Weaver Dunlap

March 22, 2016 Born and raised in Knoxville, Sue Weaver Dunlap now lives deep in the Tennessee mountains near Walland, where she and her husband live on and work a mountain cattle farm. Her poems have appeared in Appalachian Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Appalachian Heritage, and Southern Poetry Anthology, among other collections and journals. Dunlap will read from Knead at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on March 24, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Need Out of Reach

In her latest poetry collection, Darnell Arnoult addresses aging with candid humor and moving insight

by Erica Wright

March 18, 2016 In her new poetry collection, Galaxie Wagon, Darnell Arnoult addresses aging with enviable humor and wisdom. She will read from her work at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on March 24, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Friday, 18 March 2016


Roy Blount Jr. serves up a mess of Southern essays and poems about cooking

by Michael Ray Taylor

March 16, 2016 Roy Blount Jr.’s twenty-fourth book, Save Room for Pie, is an eminently readable collection of food writing and humor drawn from his work for magazines and National Public Radio. The Vanderbilt graduate will discuss his new book at the Nashville Public Library on March 22, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Beauty, Joy, and Struggle

Nate Marshall surveys his Chicago youth in his debut poetry collection, Wild Hundreds

by Maria Browning

March 10, 2016 Vanderbilt alum Nate Marshall grew up on Chicago’s troubled far South Side, miles and worlds away from the city’s tourist attractions and gleaming skyscrapers. His debut poetry collection, Wild Hundreds, evokes the beauty and joy that exist there alongside the struggle. Marshall will give a free public reading at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on March 18, 2016, at 4 p.m.

Published Thursday, 10 March 2016


by William Wright

February 19, 2016 William Wright is the author of nine poetry collections, including Tree Heresies (Mercer University Press, 2015), Night Field Anecdote (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011), Bledsoe (Texas Review Press, 2011), and Dark Orchard (Texas Review Press, 2005). His poems have recently appeared in The Kenyon Review, the Oxford American, The Antioch Review, Shenandoah, and the Southern Poetry Review. He currently serves as Writer in Residence at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He will give a free public reading at UT’s John C. Hodges Library on February 22, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Published Friday, 19 February 2016

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