Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Love and Hurt

Book Excerpt: The Wheel

Combining poetry, commentary, and memoir, The Wheel is the first book by Nashville writer and musician AM Ringwalt. Ringwalt will discuss The Wheel at a virtual event hosted by The Porch in Nashville on March 5 at 6 p.m. CST.

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“Before You Told Me”

Book Excerpt: Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning

Shuly Xóchitl Cawood’s Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning won the 2019 Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry. Cawood is the author of the memoir The Going and Goodbye, the inspirational little book 52 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself When I Was 17, and the short story collection A Small Thing to Want. She lives in Johnson City. She’ll appear with Ciona Rouse and Larry Thacker at a virtual event hosted by East Tennessee State University on March 3.

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You’re Gonna Talk about This Chicken

Book Excerpt: Hot, Hot Chicken: A Nashville Story

Rachel Louise Martin’s Hot, Hot Chicken: A Nashville Story recounts the story of hot chicken and what the dish’s growing popularity reveals about race relations in a changing city. Hot, Hot Chicken will be published by Vanderbilt University Press in March 2021.

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“Fawn in Sapsucker Woods”

Book Excerpt: Merciful Days

Jesse Graves is the author of four poetry collections, including Basin Ghosts and Specter Mountain, a collaboration with William Wright. His work received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches at East Tennessee State University, where he is poet-in-residence and professor of English.

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“My Therapist Tells Me I Keep Dating My Mother”

Book Excerpt: Negotiations

Destiny O. Birdsong is a Louisiana-born poet, fiction writer, and essayist. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the MacDowell Colony and won the Academy of American Poets Prize. She earned her M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville. Birdsong will appear at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 14.

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A Multidimensional Narrative

Book Excerpt: Voyage of the Adventure

Voyage of the Adventure, a collection of photographs by John Guider documenting his 2016 journey retracing the historic route of the Donelson party, will be published in September 2020. John Guider is an Emmy Award–winning photographer and author based in Nashville.

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