Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

What the F?

A civil war, a brush with death, and a really good tan

…the state of affairs in America, I’m keeping my options open.) Photo: Natasha Senjanovic I was visiting my grandfather in Split, an ancient city on the Adriatic coast that began…

Saving What Remains

Poet Natasha Trethewey’s memoir revisits her Mississippi childhood and her mother’s violent death

Every photograph says “remember.” It’s no surprise then that poet Natasha Trethewey enters into the prologue of Memorial Drive, a memoir about her mother Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough, by looking at…

A Festival for Readers Everywhere

The 2020 Southern Festival of Books takes its stellar roster of authors online

…Such A Fun Age is her first novel. NATASHA TRETHEWEY served two terms as the 19thPoet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of four collections of…

A Literary Reunion

The Celebration of Southern Literature brings many of the South’s finest writers to Chattanooga

The Fellowship of Southern Writers—a group that includes luminaries like Bobbie Ann Mason, Ron Rash, and Natasha Trethewey—will gather in Chattanooga April 16-18, 2015, for a unique literary event. The…

Making a Necessity of Memory

Poet Natasha Trethewey talks about history, her work, her biracial identity, and the violence in her past

Poet Natasha Trethewey garnered critical praise with her first two collections, Domestic Work (2000) and Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002). Her third book, Native Guard, confirmed her as a leading American poet…

Alone Together

Richard Bausch’s Before, During, After is a 9/11 novel that intertwines the upheavals of violence and love

…novel opens, Faulk and his fiancée, Natasha Barrett, have effectively dismantled their lives. In his late forties, Faulk has just walked away from his vocation as an Episcopal priest, weary…