Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kashif Andrew Graham

Power in the Story

Stories from the Tenants Downstairs explores a place that’s both hell and home

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Sidik Fofana’s Stories from the Tenants Downstairs, a debut collection of linked stories, emerges from a high-rise in Harlem, brilliantly capturing the scrapes, scents, and spirit of this gentrifying neighborhood. Sidik Fofana will appear at Vanderbilt University on February 22.

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Descent into Freedom

Jesmyn Ward’s Let Us Descend is a chronicle of survival and liberation

Following her National Book Award-winning 2017 novel, Sing Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward returns with Let Us Descend, the story of an enslaved young woman’s journey toward liberation.

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Giving Hope a Trellis

In Edgar Kunz’s Fixer, plain language makes way for depth of meaning

Images of ordinary life convey warmth, grief, and complicated emotion in Edgar Kunz’s second poetry collection, Fixer. Edgar Kunz will appear at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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Word & Revelation

Poet Terrance Hayes minds and mines language in a pair of new books

In a new poetry collection and a volume of prose and images, poet Terrance Hayes undertakes a multi-faceted exploration of expression. Terrance Hayes will appear at Tennessee State University’s Otis Floyd Campus Center in Nashville on October 18 at 7 p.m. as part of the 2023 Southern Festival of Books.

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American as Apple Pie

Friends turn to each other in Brandon Taylor’s The Late Americans

With his second novel, The Late Americans, Brandon Taylor invites us into a study on the intersection of loneliness, belonging, and being happy.

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New Americana

Scott Gloden’s debut story collection delves into America’s identity dilemma

The Great American Everything received the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize, given annually to an emerging writer from a Southern state. Despite the expressly regional tag, the stories in Scott Gloden’s debut collection could be called new Americana.

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