Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Tristan Hickey


Blas Falconer reads from his latest book in a podcast on the Poetry Foundation’s website

June 27, 2011 Puerto Rico’s first murder. The Battle of Nashville. A dress blooming in the ocean. These are the images Nashville poet Blas Falconer offers listeners during a 2008 reading at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the program Falconer reads from his latest book, A Question of Gravity and Light (Arizona University Press, 2007).

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Sex and Gasoline and Brilliant Prose

Rodney Crowell’s memoir has the critics singing his praises

June 23, 2011 People know him from songs like “Sex and Gasoline,” “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight,” and “I Ain’t Living Long Like This,” but singer-songwriter and Nashvillian Rodney Crowell also tested the literary waters this year with his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, and the reviews have been spectacular.

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