Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kashif Andrew Graham

Making a New Sun

Saeed Jones writes poetry of grief and survival

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Alive at the End of the World is the latest apocalyptic collection of poetry from Memphis native Saeed Jones. 

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Black Futures Forever

Two books of Afrofuturist fiction envision Black possibility and protest

Black Panther: Panther’s Rage by Sheree Renée Thomas and the anthology Africa Risen, which Thomas coedited, imagine worlds rich in Black life and agency. Sheree Renée Thomas will appear at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City on March 27. 

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The Royal Slave

Percival Everett’s James builds a new story from an old one

Prolific, critically acclaimed writer Percival Everett offers a new take on a controversial classic with his latest novel, James. Everett will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 25.

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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 Vanderbilt University in Nashville on March 21.

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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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