Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“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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Exiles, Ex-slaves, and Extraordinary Times

Wayétu Moore talks with Chapter 16 about her debut novel, She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore stopped by Memphis last month to see some of her relatives. Born in Liberia, Moore spent part of her childhood in the Bluff City before her family moved to Texas. Today she talks with Chapter 16 about her work as a novelist.

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