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Memphis, TN
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Available from the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English, 7091 Crestridge Rd., Memphis 38119-8740 ($5.00, plus $3.00 shipping and handling).

Tennessee Add to Notebook
Poet Laureate

Margaret Britton Vaughn
A native of Mufreesboro and state poet laureate since 1995, Vaughn's literary accomplishments are widespread. She has published numerous books of poetry, penned the official bicentennial poem of Tennessee, and she wrote the official poem for the Tennessee state quarter,“Mr. Tennessee Music Man.”

More information on this state's laureateship

Poets

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni
Among Nikki Giovanni’s many honors are three NAACP Image Awards for Literature and the Langston Hughes award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters in 1996.

Randall Jarrell

Randall Jarrell
Born in Nashville, the poet Randall Jarrell was considered the most astute poetry essayist and critic of his generation.

Charles Wright

Charles Wright
In 1935, Charles Wright was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee. His eleventh collection of poems, Chickamauga, won the 1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

Other Tennessee Poets
James Agee
Richard Jackson
Mark Jarman
Wyatt Prunty
John Crowe Ransom
Literary Organizations & Centers

Chattanooga Writers Guild
The Chattanooga Writers Guild supports writers in the Chattanooga community by providing monthly readings, sponsoring writing contests, publishing a monthly newsletter, holding regular writing workshops, developing and encouraging independent writing groups, and sponsoring writing-related community events.

The Tennessee Arts Commission
The Tennessee Arts Commission fulfills its mission of providing access to the arts for all Tennesseans through a variety of programs, including Arts in Education, which provides for both teacher training and artists in residencies, as well as art projects and opportunities for at-risk youth and those living in rural communities, among other programs.

Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc.
TMW is a non-profit, non-political organization that sponsors an annual conference every April and writing contests throughout the year.

Tennessee Writers Alliance, Inc.
The Tennessee Writers Alliances provides workshops and contests for writers of all levels and publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Tennessee Writer.

Knoxville Writers' Guild
Knoxville Writers' Guild is a non-profit organization supporting writers in the Knoxville area by providing a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers; helping members improve and market their writing skills; and promoting writing and creativity in the wider community through education, publication, and sponsorship of writing-related public events. The Guild publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, promotes a writing contest each February, and publishes an anthology every other year.

Literary Journals & Small Presses

The Cumberland River Review
is a quarterly online journal of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction based in Nashville, Tennessee, and located at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Grist: The Journal for Writers
Founded in 2007 by the graduate students in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Grist: The Journal for Writers is published once a year. Each issue features two hundred pages of quality stories and poems, as well as interviews with writers and creative nonfiction devoted to discussions of craft. Each issue also includes a Special Genre section featuring a specific literary genre or craft focus.

Iris Press
Founded in 1975 by Patricia Wilcox in Binghamton, New York, Iris Press has been publishing poetry for almost thirty years. The first book published by Iris was Don Revell's first book of poems, The Broken Juke. Recent authors include Susan Donnelly and Ron Rash.

Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine
Three times a year, Now & Then presents a fresh, revealing picture of life in Appalachia, past and present, with engaging articles, personal essays, fiction, poetry, and photography.

Poetry Miscellany
The literary journal of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The Pinch
The Pinch was founded in 1980 under the name Memphis State Review. It is a nationally recognized literary journal published by the University of Memphis. Its name is derived from the historic Pinch District in Memphis, once a residential area for Irish immigrants and Jewish merchants. It publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art, and receive submissions from both established and emerging writers from all over the world.

Sewanee Review
The literary journal of the University of the South, published since 1892.

Zone 3
Zone 3 is a literary journal published twice a year by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Poems about Tennessee

Tenantry
by George Scarborough
Always in transit / we were always temporarily / in exile...
Writing Programs & Colonies

Middle Tennessee State University Writer's Loft
MTSU's The Writer's Loft is a low-residency program offering an intensive, three-session (12-month) certificate in creative writing. Students work individually with a mentor, and meet on-campus twice a year for the program's Literary Day.

Sewanee: School of Letters
Encouraged by the long success of The Sewanee Review, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Sewanee has established a summer graduate program on its campus atop the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. It offers the M.A. in English and American Literature and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Most degrees can be completed in four to five summer sessions.

Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop
Sponsored by Humanities Tennessee and Austin Peay State University, this week-long workshop for high school students provides creative writing workshops with distinguished and dynamic faculty. Every July.

The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
UTC offers both a B.A. and M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Founded in 1977, the Creative Writing Program offers undergraduates a B.A. with a concentration in creative writing and graduate students an M.A. in Creative Writing as well as a Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation.

Vanderbilt Univeristy
Located in Nashville, Vanderbilt's MFA program last for two years and faculty members include Kate Daniels, Rick Hilles, and Mark Jarman. The program also publishes an annual literary journal, The Vanderbilt Review.

University of Memphis
The creative writing MFA at the University of Memphis was founded in 1989. It brings together nationally recognized authors and a diverse, carefully selected group of writing students in one of the most culturally rich cities in the country. Students work in small groups with faculty to study fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or a mix of all three. Most are fully funded under research or teaching assistantships. In addition to their coursework, MFA students run the River City Writers Series, run their own reading series, and staff The Pinch literary journal. Students also have opportunities to teach creative writing locally and abroad.

Readings Series, Conferences, & Literary Festivals

Chattanooga Conference on Southern Literature
Begun in 1981, the AEC Conference on Southern Literature has become a premier event for Chattanooga promoting the best in Southern literature. Working in fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, children's literature, criticism, film, music, and photography, readers and writers convene in Chattanooga in mid-April for lectures, panel discussions, readings, and school residencies.

River City Writers Series
The River City Writers Series, created in 1977, brings the best writers in the country to The University of Memphis to give readings from their work and stimulate conversation about contemporary literature; to offer conversations about fiction, nonfiction and poetry; and to work with student writers by discussing with them their manuscripts and by talking about techniques and work habits.

The Meacham Writers' Workshop
Meeting every fall and spring, The Meacham Writers Workshop is free and open to the public; there is no registration. The program consists of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences. The philosophy of the workshop is to provide support but also honest and direct criticism for developing writers. The atmosphere is informal, and there are many opportunities for lunch and other casual meetings. Past guests have included Philip Levine, James Tate, Mark Halliday, Jill Rosser, Tomaz Salamun, William Mathews, Stanley Plumly, Marvin Bell, Mark Cox, Mark Jarman, and Gerald Stern.

Sewanee Writers' Conference
Every July, a group of more than 100 students of writing gathers on the idyllic mountaintop campus of the University of the South. During a whirlwind two-week period, these participants talk about the craft of writing with some of this country's finest novelists, poets, playwrights, and professionals in the publishing field. Also offered is the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference for high school students.

Southern Festival of Books
The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a three-day celebration of books that takes place annually the second full weekend of October at War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville. The Festival is free with no tickets or reservations required.

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