Poetry

An Ode to Strength

At the end of his life, as his own power waned, James Dickey was still writing about joy

by Luke Wiget

May 29, 2015 Death, and the Day’s Light, James Dickey's new collection, echoes the eternal, obsessive themes of the late poet's work: war and love, life and death, the clarifying power of a shared struggle. But these poems also reflect the concerns of a man at the end of his life. Set firmly in the physical world, they speak to the link between body and spirit: as the body breaks, the spirit builds.

Published Friday, 29 May 2015

“June 8th”

by Sarah Beavers

May 22, 2015 Sarah Beavers is a native of Sewanee. During high school, the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop was the highlight of her summers; with the help of her fellow writers, her counsellors, and her workshop leaders, she grew into a writer she is proud to be. Beavers is now a student of government and international politics in the honors college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Published Friday, 22 May 2015

Trouble Broaching

Caki Wilkinson’s The Wynona Stone Poems is a comic novel in verse

by Maria Browning

May 11, 2015 Caki Wilkinson’s second collection, The Wynona Stone Poems, tells the story of a smart, spirited woman who, in spite of having her fair share of talent and passion, can’t quite make her life happen.

Published Monday, 11 May 2015

“November Moves In”

by Connie Jordan Green

May 1, 2015 Connie Jordan Green lives on a farm in East Tennessee with her husband and two cats and two dogs. Her weekly column for the Loudon County News Herald is in its thirty-sixth year. She writes stories for young people, poetry, and novels. Green will read from her new collection, Household Inventory, at 2 p.m. on May 3, 2015, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville.

Published Friday, 1 May 2015

Dynamite

Vanderbilt graduate student Anders Carlson-Wee wins 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition

by Mary Emily Vatt

April 23, 2015 Vanderbilt M.F.A. candidate Anders Carlson-Wee, most recently in the news as the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, has won the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press.

Published Thursday, 23 April 2015

"Bad Dog"

by Wyatt Prunty

April 23, 2015 Sewanee poet Wyatt Prunty is the author of nine collections of poems, including The Lover’s Guide to Trapping. He will read from his new book, Couldn’t Prove, Had to Promise, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Joining him will be poet Adam Vines, author of The Coal Life.

Published Thursday, 23 April 2015

Enough Light to Prove the World Exists

In Crimes Against Birds, Denton Loving tends the landscapes, and dreamscapes, of Appalachia

by Emily Choate

April 17, 2015 In Denton Loving’s debut poetry collection, Crimes Against Birds, the rhythms of the waking world and the dream world hold equal power. Set among the narrow mountain roads, apple orchards, and cattle pastures of southern Appalachia, these poems push beyond bucolic portraits of nature. They ask us to wake up even as we descend into dreams.

Published Friday, 17 April 2015

A Sense of the Possible

Jane Hirshfield talks with Chapter 16 about poetry’s timelessness, camouflage in nature, and why she doesn’t need to be “pop-culture hip”

by Erica Wright

April 9, 2015 Today celebrated poet Jane Hirshfield talks with Chapter 16 about her new poetry collection, The Beauty, and her new essay collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. She will read at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on April 16, 2015, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, 9 April 2015

Twice as Nice

East Tennessee poet Jesse Graves has won the prestigious Weatherford Award for the second time

by Mary Emily Vatt

April 1, 2015 The Weatherford Award is an honor bestowed by Berea College to highlight books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Basin Ghosts by Johnson City poet Jesse Graves received the poetry prize again this year.

Published Wednesday, 1 April 2015

“Frenchman’s Flat”

by Andrea Spofford

March 27, 2015 Andrea Spofford writes poems and essays, some of which can be found in The Portland Review, Sugar House Review, Revolver, and others. Spofford will read from her new book, The Pine Effect, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on April 1, 2015, at 4 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 27 March 2015

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