Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“When the Dust Settles”

Bill Brown grew up in West Tennessee ten miles from the Mississippi River. He is the author of eight poetry collections and a writing textbook. Formerly the director of the writing program at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, he was named a Distinguished Teacher in the Arts in 1995 by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the 2011 Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. His latest book is The News Inside. “When the Dust Settles” is from his 2008 collection, Late Winter.

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“Message from Egururu”

Book Excerpt: Migration

Cynthia Robinson Young’s work has appeared in Sojourners, Poetry South, The Ekphrastic Review, and Catalpa: a magazine of Southern perspectives, among other journals and anthologies. She is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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“what you have left”

Book Excerpt: Bright Along the Body

Ashley Roach-Freiman is a librarian and poet from Memphis. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Fugue, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Southern Women’s Review, The Literary Review, Ghost Proposal, and Nightjar Review.

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“Impermanence”

Book Excerpt: Unopened

Doug Hoekstra, an author and musician, has toured the U.S. and Europe as a singer-songwriter in support of eight albums on various labels. He will read from Unopened, his first poetry collection, on May 7 at The Post East in Nashville.

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“Primer”

Book Excerpt: The Low Passions

Anders Carlson-Wee is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize. He will read from his debut collection, The Low Passions, at Pretentious Beer Co. in Knoxville on March 21, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on March 22, and at The Porch in Nashville on March 23.

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