Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“Ugly Love”

Book Excerpt: Ugly Love (Notes from the Negro Side of the Moon)

Earl S. Braggs is the Herman H. Battle Professor of African American Studies at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He is the author of ten collections of poetry. Braggs is the recipient of the Anhinga Prize, the Jack Kerouac Prize, the Gloucester College Prize, and the Cleveland State Prize. He will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Twenty-Nine—and Counting

Humanities Tennessee introduces a stellar lineup for the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books

Humanities Tennessee has announced a roster of award-winning, bestselling authors to headline the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books, which will take place in Nashville October 13-15. It’s shaping up to be our best year yet!

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Not On Our Watch

How the National Endowment for the Humanities helped save literature in Tennessee

With the White House proposing to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, Chapter 16’s editor looks back at a time when NEH funds rescued writers in Tennessee.

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“Don’t Hang Up”

Book Excerpt: Morning Window

Bill Brown is the author of nine poetry collections and a textbook. His work has appeared in Potomac Review, Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, Rattle, and River Styx, among others.

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Voices Nearby and Far-Flung

ETSU’s spring creative-writing festival features Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson

On April 11 and 12, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City will host its second annual literary festival, offering a slate of workshops, readings, and genre-focused craft presentations. The event culminates with a keynote address by celebrated poet Ishion Hutchinson. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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