Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“Dreaming We’re E.M. Bailey’s Dancers”

Book Excerpt: Speak, My Tongue

Chattanooga poet Carrie Meadows grew up around leather workers, doll makers, quilters, and tall-tale tellers who taught her the importance of straight stitches and good stories. On July 15 Meadows will give a reading at the Hexagon Brewing Company in Knoxville as part of the SAFTA Reading Series.

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“The Angel Makers and I Try to Bake a Cake”

Book Excerpt: Skin Splitting

Bryanna Licciardi is a graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, earned an M.F.A. in poetry from Emerson College, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in literacy studies from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Skin Splitting is her first book.

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Celebrating a Good Cry

Nikki Giovanni’s most recent collection centers on joy and pain

Celebrated poet, children’s author, essayist, and activist Nikki Giovanni will deliver the Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on April 5.

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“In Another Garden”

Book Excerpt: The Khristos Cantos

Michael E. Williams lives in Nashville and serves as Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence at Martin Methodist College. He will read from his new chapbook, The Khristos Cantos, at Poetry in the Boro in Murfreesboro on March 11 and at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on March 22.

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“Gastronomy”

Book Excerpt: The Naming of Strays

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the creative director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville and managing editor of Sundress Publications. She will give a free public reading on March 5 at the John C. Hodges Library on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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What Power Has Love

The poems in Marilyn Kallet’s new collection embrace the human struggle to reconcile the animal and the divine

How Our Bodies Learned, the new poetry collection from Knoxville poet Marilyn Kallet, is a sensual and spiritual guide to understanding what love is—and what it isn’t. Kallet will read from the book at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on January 29 and at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on February 15.

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