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Charlotte Pence


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Charlotte Pence’s first book of poems, Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), received an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have recently been published in Harvard Review, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and Brevity. A graduate of Emerson College (M.F.A.) and the University of Tennessee (Ph.D.), she is now the director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama.

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Peeking Under Someone Else’s Roof

Beth Ann Fennelly brings poetry to her new memoir in essays

Beth Ann Fennelly, the multi-talented author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, has created, yet again, a book that is wholly original, engrossing, and poignant. Heating & Cooling is a series of fifty-two micro-essays that chronicle her life as a writer, mother, and wife. Fennelly will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 27.

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An American Story

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco talks with Chapter 16 about his new memoir

Richard Blanco brings a poet’s keen eye for observation and a prose writer’s gift for plot to his new memoir, The Prince of los Cocuyos, which illustrates how cultural, sexual, and artistic sensibilities are “all developed—not independently of each other—but simultaneously.” Blanco will appear at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on March 15 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Forces that Bind Us

Robert Morgan’s new poetry collection, Dark Energy, fuses the lyric and the scientific

August 12, 2015 From the haze of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the glow of the Milky Way, Robert Morgan’s fifteenth collection of poetry, Dark Energy, illuminates both the invisible and observable forces that bind us, be they heritage or neutrinos, history or noble metals. Morgan, the New York Times-bestselling author of Gap Creek and other celebrated books of history and fiction, will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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A Cookbook, of Sorts

Murfreesboro poet Gaylord Brewer whisks together recipe, memoir, and verse

June 26, 2015 With a subtitle—a “A Cookbook-Memoir, of Sorts”—Gaylord Brewer acknowledges that The Poet’s Guide to Food, Drink, & Desire resists easy categorization. And the “of sorts” quality is exactly what makes this collection of essays and recipes a must-read for home cooks who sometimes fancy themselves chefs who happen to have been spared the nuisance of a restaurant.

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March 20, 2015Charlotte Pence is a poet and critic who received her Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Tennessee. The author of two chapbooks, she has just published her first full-length collection, Many Small Fires. Pence will read with Adam Prince on March 26, 2015, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville; with Adam Day on March 27, 2015, at Belmont University in Nashville; and with Bradford Tice on March 30, 2015, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. All events are free and open to the public.

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