Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“Molly in a Red Wig Plays a Fiddle”

Book Excerpt: In the Backhoe’s Shadow

Thomas Alan Holmes is a professor of English at East Tennessee State University. In the Backhoe’s Shadow is his first collection of poetry. He’ll read from his work at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 11 and at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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“A House in the Country”

Book Excerpt: Blue If Only I Could Tell You

Richard Tillinghast’s latest poetry collection, Blue If Only I Could Tell You, won the 27th annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize. He’ll read from his work at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 6.

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Book Excerpt: Either Way, You’re Done

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Stephanie McCarley Dugger’s first full-length poetry collection, Either Way, You’re Done, was published by Sundress Publications in 2017.  

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“To See Small Fish in High Branches”

Book Excerpt: Small Fish in High Branches

Nashvillian Annette Sisson’s first book of poetry, Small Fish in High Branches, was released this month by Glass Lyre Press. Her poems have appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review, Nashville Review, and One. Her chapbook, A Casting Off, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2019

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Book Excerpt: Watermark

Watermark is Jeff Hardin’s seventh collection of poetry. His work has been honored with the Nicholas Roerich Prize, the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and the X.J. Kennedy Prize. Hardin will discuss Watermark at a virtual event hosted on Zoom on April 14 at 6 p.m. CDT.

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