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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

Even Brighter Lights

Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City is set for a Broadway debut

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 18, 2015 Jay McInerney’s career-making debut novel, Bright Lights, Big City, will soon be opening on Broadway.

Published Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Winning the Literary Lottery

Chattanooga native Meredith Russo signs her first book deal—for a six-figure advance

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 12, 2015 Chattanooga native Meredith Russo has just signed a six-figure book deal for her first YA novel, If I Was Your Girl, the story of a transgender teen.

Published Thursday, 12 February 2015

Prize-Winning Poets

Three Tennessee poets are awarded NEA grants in literature

by Margaret Renkl

December 5, 2014 The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded creative-writing fellowships in poetry to three Tennessee poets—Anders Carlson-Wee, Melissa Range, and Bobby C. Rogers.

Published Friday, 5 December 2014

Heading to Hollywood

Playwright Katori Hall will direct the film version of her play, Hurt Village

by Margaret Renkl

October 27, 2014 Katori Hall will direct the film version of her play, Hurt Village, which is set in her hometown, Memphis.

Published Monday, 27 October 2014

New Deals

Both Victoria Schwab and Jessica Young have inked contracts on new series fiction for children and young adults

by Margaret Renkl

October 7, 2014 Across publishing, children's and YA titles have kept the publishing industry profitable this year, and Middle Tennessee authors Jessica Young and Victoria Schwab are doing their part for the trend.

Published Tuesday, 7 October 2014

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