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
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
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
June 26, 2013 Janice Hornburg is a native Texan who moved to East Tennessee in 1993. A graduate of Houston Baptist University, she is employed as a clinical research scientist involved in the FDA approval of new drugs. Her poems have won first-place awards from the Poetry Society of Tennessee, The Poetry Society of Texas, the Poetry Society of Virginia, the Watauga Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, and Green River Writers; and her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals . “Summer’s End” is an excerpt from Perspectives, which has just been released.
Published Tuesday, 25 June 2013
by Corey Mesler
June 20, 2013 Corey Mesler is the author of five novels, two books of poetry, and three story collections. He lives in Memphis, where he is the co-owner, with his wife Cheryl, of Burke’s Book Store. "Chloe Blooming" is an excerpt from his newest poetry collection, Our Locust Years, available from Unbound Content on July 1, 2013.
Published Thursday, 20 June 2013
by Jan LaPerle
May 10, 2013 Jan LaPerle is from a small town in northern New Hampshire. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband, Clay Matthews; daughter, Winnie; and dog, Morty. Her poems and stories have been published in Pank, Rattle, BlazeVOX, Subtropics, and other places, too. Her e-chapbook of flash fiction, Hush, was published by Sundress Publications, and a poetry collection, It Would Be Quiet, is just out from Prime Mincer Press.
Published Friday, 10 May 2013
by Lisa Dordal
April 25, 2013 Lisa Dordal holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry, both from Vanderbilt University, where she currently teaches part-time in the English department. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Cave Wall, Sugar House, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Sinister Wisdom, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011), and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2013), among others. Dordal lives in Nashville with her partner, Laurie, and their two retired greyhounds. She will read from Commemoration on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Poet’s Corner series at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville.
Published Thursday, 25 April 2013
April 11, 2013 Jeff Daniel Marion, a native of Rogersville, taught English and creative writing at Carson-Newman University for over thirty-five years. There he was poet-in-residence, director of the Appalachian Center, and editor of Mossy Creek Reader. He has published nine poetry collections, four chapbooks, and a children’s book, Hello, Crow. Poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review and Appalachian Heritage, among others. His honors include the 2002 Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award, the 2005 Educational Service to Appalachia Award, and the 2011 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South. In 2007 he was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. Marion lives in Knoxville with his wife, poet and editor poet Linda Parsons Marion. On April 11 and 12, Carson-Newman University will host the Jeff Daniel Marion Festival. Read more about it—and the many reasons for honoring Marion—in an essay by Jesse Graves, here.
Published Thursday, 11 April 2013
March 1, 2013 Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel (Four Way Books, 2012) and A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press, 2007). The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange, and a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant, his poems have been featured by Poets & Writers, The Poetry Foundation, and Poetry Society of America. A coeditor of Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010) and The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press, 2011), he is an associate professor at Austin Peay State University and teaches in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University.
Published Friday, 1 March 2013
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