Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Erica Wright

The Survivor’s Song

Mark Jarman’s latest collection considers time, memory, and loss

In his latest collection, Zeno’s Eternity, poet Mark Jarman probes the role memory plays in celebration and sorrow.

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Let This Homeplace Speak

An award-winning poet reflects on nature, violence, and personal histories

In his latest collection, Blue If Only I Could Tell You, distinguished poet Richard Tillinghast explores his sharp connection to places past and present. Tillinghast will appear at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on February 23.

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The Girl Their Hymns Forgot

A debut poetry collection grapples with the vulnerability of children in a violent world

In her debut collection, Hive, Nashville poet Christina Stoddard writes in the voice of a teenage Mormon girl about violence and its lifelong effects. Stoddard will read from her work at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on December 16.

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The Self Without Boundary

An intimate consideration of Walt Whitman

In What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life, celebrated poet and memoirist Mark Doty explores the life and prophetic influence of Walt Whitman. 

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Monsters, Murders, and Midlife

Bram Stoker Award-winning author Grady Hendrix pits housewives against an immortal villain

In his latest horror-comedy mashup, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix plumbs vampire legends and suburban expectations to create an original, terrifying, and inexplicably heartwarming tale.

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To Celebrate Being Alive

An award-winning poet reflects on the importance of daily practices

In Dailiness: Essays on Poetry, Mark Jarman considers canonical and contemporary writers while reflecting on the kinship of prayers and poems.

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