Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Portal of the Years

Rodney Jones’s novel in verse, Village Prodigies, roves the lives of six childhood friends

Rodney Jones’s powerful novel in verse picks through the memories of six young men from a small Southern town. Jones will discuss Village Prodigies at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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“In Which I Play the Part of Myself”

Book Excerpt: Every Room in the Body

Kerri French is the author of Every Room in the Body, winner of the 2016 Moon City Poetry Award, and Instruments of Summer, a chapbook of poems about the life of Amy Winehouse. She will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 13-15.

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Quirks of Survival

The dilemmas of modern life illuminate Erica Wright’s collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned

The poems in Erica Wright’s new collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, exist in a glittering space between the everyday and the ineffable. Wright will discuss the book at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville on August 27 at 2 p.m.

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Small and Immense

In a new collection, poet Jeff Hardin explores greatness in artists and in nature

Jeff Hardin’s latest poetry collection, No Other Kind of World, which won the 2016 X.J. Kennedy Award, examines artists’ capacity for greatness and nature’s talent for humbling us all. Hardin will read from the book at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on August 24; at Landmark Booksellers in Franklin on August 29; and at the 2017 Southern Festival Books, which will be held in Nashville October 13-15.

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“Ugly Love”

Book Excerpt: Ugly Love (Notes from the Negro Side of the Moon)

Earl S. Braggs is the Herman H. Battle Professor of African American Studies at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He is the author of ten collections of poetry. Braggs is the recipient of the Anhinga Prize, the Jack Kerouac Prize, the Gloucester College Prize, and the Cleveland State Prize. He will appear at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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