Poetry

“Swifts”

by William Page

June 20, 2016 William Page’s poems have appeared widely in such journals as North American Review, The Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, and The Southern Review. He is the founding editor of The Pinch and a retired professor of creative writing at the University of Memphis. Page will read from his fifth collection, In this Maybe Best of All Possible Worlds, at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on June 23, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 20 June 2016

“Come Morning”

by Gary L. McDowell

June 15, 2016 Gary McDowell is the author of a collection of lyric essays and five collections of poetry, including Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None. His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He will read from Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 20, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 15 June 2016

“Red Coals”

by William Woolfitt

June 14, 2016 William Woolfitt is the author of Beauty Strip (Texas Review Press, 2014) and Charles of the Desert (Paraclete Press, 2016). His poems and stories have appeared in Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Blackbird, and other journals. An assistant professor of English at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, he will read from his new poetry collection at Bar Marley in Knoxville on June 19, 2016, at 1 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Reconsidering My Whole Position

Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poems finally allowed Kate Daniels to call herself a Southern writer

by Kate Daniels

June 10, 2016 Robert Penn Warren is the only writer to have won a Pulitzer Prize in both poetry and fiction—and he won for poetry twice: in 1958 for Promises: Poems and in 1979 for Now and Then: Poems. In the fifth of a ten-essay series commemorating the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, poet Kate Daniels remembers the way Warren’s poetry helped her confront an ugly past.

Published Friday, 10 June 2016

“Taking Turns”

by Laurie Perry Vaughen

June 7, 2016 Laurie Perry Vaughen is the author of two new poetry chapbooks: Fine Tuning and What Our Voices Carry from Wild Columbine Press. She will read from both collections at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on June 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. A reception begins at 5 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Garden of Life

The poems in Linda Parsons’s This Shaky Earth whisper elusive truths of the heart

by Maria Browning

June 1, 2016 The poems in Linda Parsons’s This Shaky Earth take their material from the prosaic and the deeply personal, but there’s nothing narrow about them. Rich with all the mystery and complexity of human feeling, they often depict the pleasures of home darkened by troubled memories. Parsons will discuss This Shaky Earth at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 5, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 1 June 2016

“Rosewood Manor”

by Luann Landon

May 9, 2016 Luann Landon’s first book of poems, South Bound, is a collection of verse narratives about the American South. Earlier poems have appeared in Measure, Sewanee Theological Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, The Tennessee Quarterly, and others. Her memoir-cookbook, Dinner at Miss Lady’s, was published by Algonquin in 1999. A Nashville native, Landon now lives in Sewanee. She will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 9 May 2016

Allowing a Little Sway

In two new poetry collections, Restoring the Narrative and Small Revolution, Jeff Hardin imagines a world with a little more room for imagination

by Beth Waltemath

May 5, 2016 “Quiet truths do not argue for their worth,” writes poet Jeff Hardin, who will read from his two latest volumes, Restoring the Narrative and Small Revolution, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. In a world where people go “deaf haranguing some agenda,” Hardin prefers “allowing / a little sway to what gets said or done.”

Published Thursday, 5 May 2016

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

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