Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Richard Tillinghast

“A House in the Country”

Book Excerpt: Blue If Only I Could Tell You

Richard Tillinghast’s latest poetry collection, Blue If Only I Could Tell You, won the 27th annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize. He’ll read from his work at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 6.

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The Word from Nashville

Margaret Renkl surveys a complex, confounding region

In Graceland, at Last, Margaret Renkl provides an introduction to the contemporary South and offers a corrective to some persistent oversimplifications. Renkl will discuss her work at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on February 24.

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Prowling Like Maggie the Cat

In a posthumous collection, poet Diann Blakely casts her lot with outsiders

Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson is the last and most radical collection by the late Nashville poet Diann Blakely. The book’s title is taken from the Mississippi musician’s own lyrics: “You better come on in my kitchen, cause there’s gonna be rain in our door.”

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