Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Against Professional Southerners

Southern Writers on Writing, a new essay collection edited by Susan Cushman, offers new answers to an old question

Southern Writers on Writing is not the first attempt to ask what it means to tell about the South, but it is distinguished by the presence of diverse voices, from sage elders like Clyde Edgerton and Lee Smith to rising stars like Julie Cantrell, M.O. Walsh, and Michael Farris Smith. Cushman will join several contributors for a panel discussion at Novel in Memphis on May 5.

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Cold Case

Decades after her uncle’s murder, Dorothy Marcic unravels the killer’s trajectory

To the family she destroyed, Suzanne was the vixen homewrecker. To Dorothy Marcic, she may have been a serial killer. Marcic will discuss With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 3.

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A Kind of Rage

Daniel Wolff’s Grown-Up Anger examines the social impact of American folk music

In Grown-Up Anger, Daniel Wolff looks at the rise and fall of organized labor and folk music’s role in speaking truth to power. Wolff will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 2. Joining him will be musicians Rayna Gellert and Abigail Washburn.

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Love and Theft

Exploring the idea of an American national literature, Jason Richards finds a complex play of imitations

In Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in Early and Antebellum US Literature, Rhodes College professor Jason Richards brings theoretical sophistication to close readings of some well-known and not so well-known texts in American literature, showing the complexities of cultural imitation before the Civil War.

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History Twisting Up Bright and Green

Poets Jesse Graves and William Wright merge perspectives in Specter Mountain

Throughout Specter Mountain, Jesse Graves and William Wright’s collaborative poetry collection, the mountain landscape itself emerges as a powerful, haunting source of revelation. The result is a unique contribution to Appalachian literature.

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