Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“Behind the Eyes, & Shining”

Book Excerpt: Tap Out

Edgar Kunz has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. He will read from his debut collection, Tap Out, at Pretentious Beer Co. in Knoxville on March 21, at Vanderbilt University on March 22, and at The Porch in Nashville on March 23.

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“Spell for the End of Grief”

Book Excerpt: Glass Harvest

Amie Whittemore’s poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and her poems and prose have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Nashville Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

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“My World and Welcome to It”

Book Excerpt: Madstones

Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, and New Stories from the South. He is the author of many books of both fiction and poetry. With his wife, Cheryl Mesler, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis.

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“Light, Breaking”

Book Excerpt: Almost Everything, Almost Nothing

Almost Everything, Almost Nothing is K.B. Ballentine’s fifth poetry collection. Her work has been published in Crab Orchard Review, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, and Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, among other literary journals and anthologies. She lives in Chattanooga.

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Book Excerpt: Rivers Within Us

Sandy Coomer is a poet, artist, and endurance athlete. She is the author of three poetry collections, the founding editor of the Rockvale Review, and the director of Rockvale Writers’ Colony in College Grove.

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Reconciled to Imperfection

Poet Blas Falconer writes with deep empathy in Forgive the Body This Failure

True generosity of spirit informs the poems in Blas Falconer’s Forgive the Body This Failure. Falconer will appear at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on October 9, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on October 11, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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