Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

About Us


In response to the loss of book coverage in newspapers around the state, Humanities Tennessee founded Chapter 16 in 2009 to provide comprehensive coverage of literary news and events in Tennessee. Each weekday the site posts fresh content that focuses on author events across the state and new releases from Tennessee authors. In addition, Chapter 16 maintains partnerships with newspapers in each major media market statewide, and our content appears in print each week through the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Nashville Scene, and the Knoxville News Sentinel. Through the site, social media, a weekly newsletter, and our newspaper partnerships, Chapter 16 reaches more than half a million readers on a good week.

If you want to know more about Humanities Tennessee, visit If you want to ask questions or make suggestions, go to Contact Us.

Chapter 16 is the virtual Tennessee Center for the Book, an independent affiliate of the Library of Congress’s National Center for the Book. Humanities Tennessee is an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Executive Director:
    Tim Henderson
  • Director of Literature & Language Programs:
    Serenity Gerbman
  • Editor:
    Margaret Renkl
  • Copyeditor:
    Wayne Christeson
  • Photography Editor:
    Mary Emily Butt
  • Contributing Writers:
    Tracy Barrett, Ralph Bowden, Maria Browning, Tina Chambers, Emily Choate, Julie Danielson, Erica Ciccarone, Susannah Felts, Randy Fox, Aram Goudsouzian, Faye Jones, Sean Kinch, Peter Kuryla, Kathryn Justice Leache, Paul McCoy, Sarah Norris, Charlotte Pence, Lyda Phillips, Clay Risen, Chris Scott, Ed Tarkington, Michael Ray Taylor, Stephen Usery, Beth Waltemath, Nicki Pendleton Wood, Erica Wright