Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“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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Redemption Story

Free Cyntoia recounts a journey from victim to activist

At 16, Cyntoia Brown-Long was imprisoned for murdering a much older man. Her memoir, Free Cyntoia, tells the story of her awakening to her own history of abuse and her efforts to save other young women from the horrors of trafficking.

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Where I’m Coming From

Does the way we talk tell us who we are?

By the time I moved to Nashville, I had laid the groundwork to not immediately sound like I was from New Jersey, if I wanted. It also left me open to picking up a Southern inflection or two. Do I say “y’all” every now and then? Sure, I do.

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Hoffa’s Downfall

Maury Nicely offers a compelling account of Chattanooga’s biggest trial

In Hoffa in Tennessee: The Chattanooga Trial That Brought Down an Icon, Maury Nicely recounts the 1964 trial of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, which brought a national media frenzy to Tennessee.

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