Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“A Rose By Any Other Name”

Book Excerpt: The Garden of Fragile Beings

Carolyn Welch is a writer and a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, Bellevue Literary Review, Sundog, Tar River Poetry, The Southeast Review, The Minnesota Review, and other literary journals. She lives in Norris, Tennessee.

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Making a Mess With Words

I’ve learned a lot while reading with my son

It dawned on me that I have neglected words. I’ve treated them as a means to an end, nothing more. That realization is just one of the lessons Henry led me to. Reading with a child, I’ve discovered, is a continual learning experience for everyone involved.

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“Letter to My Mother / Whom I Blamed for Absolutely Everything”

Book Excerpt: Queen of Jacks

Stellasue Lee is a co-host, with Linda Parsons, of WordStream, a weekly reading series in Knoxville. She was founding editor of Rattleand is now editor emerita. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. from Honolulu University. Winner of the grand prize of Poetry to Aide Humanity by Al Falah in Malaysia, she now teaches privately.

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Hardship as Possibility

Contemporary Appalachian writers profile one another in Step into the Circle

In Step into the Circle, editors Amy Greene and Trent Thomson bring together Appalachian writers and photographers to profile some of the region’s beloved literary forces, including Wendell Berry, Silas House, Crystal Wilkinson, Ron Rash, and Lee Smith.

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No Atheists in the Bullpen

Barry Zito was the hottest, highest-paid pitcher in the major leagues. So why did he feel so lost?

Barry Zito’s memoir, Curveball, recounts the star pitcher’s triumph, failure, and long spiritual quest.

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