Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Pulitzer Prize

A forgotten novelist is remembered through music

Thomas Stribling won the Pulitzer Prize for a trilogy he wrote about Florence, Alabama. But when I was growing up in the 1960s, no one in Florence spoke of Stribling anymore.

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“Spell for the End of Grief”

Book Excerpt: Glass Harvest

Amie Whittemore’s poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and her poems and prose have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Nashville Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

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“My World and Welcome to It”

Book Excerpt: Madstones

Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, and New Stories from the South. He is the author of many books of both fiction and poetry. With his wife, Cheryl Mesler, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis.

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“Light, Breaking”

Book Excerpt: Almost Everything, Almost Nothing

Almost Everything, Almost Nothing is K.B. Ballentine’s fifth poetry collection. Her work has been published in Crab Orchard Review, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, and Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, among other literary journals and anthologies. She lives in Chattanooga.

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Book Excerpt: Rivers Within Us

Sandy Coomer is a poet, artist, and endurance athlete. She is the author of three poetry collections, the founding editor of the Rockvale Review, and the director of Rockvale Writers’ Colony in College Grove.

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Book Excerpt: The Book of Awe

In addition to The Book of Awe, Susan O’Dell Underwood has published two chapbooks, and her work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee, and Crab Orchard Review, among other publications. She lives in Jefferson City.

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