Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Rugged Country

Min Jin Lee discusses identity, diaspora, and resistance in her novel Pachinko

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award, follows a Korean family through four generations of migration, hardship, and survival, telling their interlocking stories in vivid detail. 

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“Born Under the Sign Of”

Lisa Coffman, who grew up in East Tennessee, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry. Her first collection of poetry, Likely, won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University Press. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee. She teaches at the California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. “Born Under the Sign Of” is an excerpt from her new collection, Less Obvious Gods.

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Dark Lantern

An author finds his own teenage ghost in a thrift-shop book

What I saw was not a dusty old book but a boy in a wheelchair by a window in a ramshackle house farther east in Tennessee—two hours away, on the Cumberland Plateau near Crossville.

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Meeting in the Middle

Julia Watts’s new novel for teens finds room for friendship in the so-called culture wars

Quiver, Julia Watts’s new novel for teens, is a story of acceptance against all odds. 

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“Teacher”

Elizabeth Cox’s poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Atlantic, and others. Her fiction has won the O’Henry Prize, the Robert Penn Warren Award, and the Lillian Smith Award. Cox grew up in Chattanooga and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. 

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Singing the Storms Away

In Lorraine, Ketch Secor and Higgins Bond spin a tale about the power of music

Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor and illustrator Higgins Bond discuss their new picture book, Lorraine.

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