Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Shuly Xóchitl Cawood

“Before You Told Me”

Book Excerpt: Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning

Shuly Xóchitl Cawood’s Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning won the 2019 Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry. Cawood is the author of the memoir The Going and Goodbye, the inspirational little book 52 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself When I Was 17, and the short story collection A Small Thing to Want. She lives in Johnson City. She’ll appear with Ciona Rouse and Larry Thacker at a virtual event hosted by East Tennessee State University on March 3.

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