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Mapping the Pathways of the Heart

Phyllis Tickle, influential religious writer and publisher, has died at her home in Lucy

by Margaret Renkl

October 2, 2015 Phyllis Tickle, influential author of more than two dozen books about faith and religion, died of lung cancer on September 22, 2015, at her home in Lucy, Tennessee. She was eighty-one.

Published Friday, 2 October 2015

Equilibrium Might Be a Little Hard to Manage Today, Actually

“Equilibrium” a poem by Vanderbilt graduate student Tiana Clark, has just won a lucrative national prize

by Margaret Renkl

September 15, 2015 “Equilibrium” by Tiana Clark, a first-year graduate student in Vanderbilt University’s M.F.A program in creative writing has won first prize in the annual poetry competition sponsored by the literary magazine Rattle. The award carries a stipend of $10,000.

Published Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Authors in October

Humanities Tennessee previews the 2015 Southern Festival of Books

by Chapter 16

July 13, 2015 Humanities Tennessee today announces a lineup of award-winning, bestselling authors headlining the twenty-seventh annual Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville, October 9-11. The roster includes renowned authors Rick Bragg, Geraldine Brooks, Pat Conroy, David Maraniss, Paul Theroux, Rebecca Wells, Scott Westerfeld, and many others.

Published Monday, 13 July 2015

Celebrating a Racial Pioneer

Biographer Andrew Maraniss gets a surprise phone call from Ethel Kennedy

by Margaret Renkl

May 18, 2015 The judges of the Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards have singled out Andrew Maraniss’s Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South for special recognition.

Published Monday, 18 May 2015

Writing Forever

Memphis-born playwright Katori Hall talks about her new production, The Blood Quilt

by Margaret Renkl

May 4, 2015 Katori Hall's newest play, The Blood Quilt opened in Washington, D.C., on April 24. In a new profile, The Washington Post talks with Hall about the story behind the drama.

Published Monday, 4 May 2015


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

“Time to Go Back and Tell the Whole Story”

In a new memoir, John Oates will focus on his life as a solo musician

by Mary Emily Vatt

April 22, 2015 Rock’n’Roll icon John Oates has signed a book deal with St. Martin’s Press and will release a memoir, still untitled, in 2016.

Published Wednesday, 22 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

Passion, Precision, and Wit

John Jeremiah Sullivan takes home the 2015 Windham Campbell Literature Prize for nonfiction—and $150,000

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 26, 2015 Sewanee grad John Jeremiah Sullivan has already won two National Magazine Awards, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Now he’s added a new title to his list of accolades: the 2015 Windham Campbell Literature Prize for nonfiction.

Published Thursday, 26 February 2015

Poet, Lyricist, Musician

Billboard recognizes spoken-word artist Minton Sparks

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 25, 2015 Billboard magazine recently highlighted Murfreesboro native Minton Sparks in a profile that attempts to define the work of this genre-defying artist.

Published Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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