Library programs on a variety of topics―mostly book and author talks―and some Knoxville, Tenn. history.
The Beat: Janet McAdams
Janet McAdams is the author of the novel Red Weather and the poetry collections Feral and The Island of Lost Luggage, which won an American Book Award. Her chapbook of prose poems Seven Boxes for the Country After won the Wick Chapbook competition and was published in 2016. She teaches at Kenyon College, where she is the Robert P. Hubbard Chair in Poetry.
https://files.captivate.fm/library/e108a721-ad8b-4f64-a609-3321c1b01e92/thanatoptic-janet-mcadams.pdf (Read "Thanatoptic")
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/janet-mcadams (Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation)
https://poets.org/poem/lie-0 ("Lie" at Poem-a-Day)
https://shenandoahliterary.org/681/janet-mcadams/ (Interview at Shenandoah’s website)
http://www.southernhumanitiesreview.com/_____-and-the-elders-by-janet-mcadams.html ("______and the Elders” at Southern Humanities Review)
The Beat: Jesse Graves
Jesse Graves is a Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at East Tennessee State University. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, and other literary magazines and anthologies. He has published four books of poetry and his book Said-Songs: Essays on Poetry and Place is forthcoming from Mercer University Press in 2022. Graves received his PhD in English from the University of Tennessee and his MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. He has won the Book of the Year in Poetry Award from the Appalachian Writers’ Association and the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing.
https://files.captivate.fm/library/668124c0-1698-4889-ac41-b108e5539a3d/in-a-familar-city-and-sage-grass-brushing-against-my-shins-jess.pdf (Read "In a Familiar City" and "Sage Grass Brushing Against My Shins")
https://jessegravespoetry.wordpress.com/ (Jesse Graves’ website)
https://chapter16.org/an-unbroken-thread (Interview with Linda Parsons at Chapter 16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUc_e6DSliw (YouTube reading through West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program Summer Reading Series )
https://jessegravespoetry.wordpress.com/poems/ (A collection of Jesse Grave’s poems available online)
https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonCityPublicLibrary/videos/poet-to-poet-interview-a-conversation-with-jesse-graves-and-rita-sims-quillen/655903492030350/ (Poet-to-Poet Interview: A Conversation with Jesse Graves and Rita Sims Quillen, hosted by Johnson City Public Library)
The Beat: Bruce Alford
Bruce Alford’s work has appeared in the African American Review, Imagination and Place Press, The Comstock Review, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry at Louisiana State University. Before working in academia, he was an inner-city missionary and journalist.
https://files.captivate.fm/library/939f195f-1704-4f75-8eea-4c690cf57750/from-alford-s-devotional-bruce-alford.pdf (Read "from Alford's Devotional")
https://brucealfordcom.wordpress.com/ (Bruce Alford’s website)
https://sicklitmagazine.com/2016/07/18/poems-by-bruce-alford/ (Poems at SickLit )
https://stormcellar.org/2017/09/15/bruce-alford-perfect/ (“Perfect” at Storm Cellar)
https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2008/05/05/terminal-switching (Review of Terminal Switching at Alabama Writers Forum)
The Beat: Robert Penn Warren
Robert Penn Warren is primarily known as the author of the great American novel All the King’s Men, but he’s also a well-respected poet, and was the USA’s first Poet Laureate. Though he grew up in Guthrie, KY, he crossed the state line to go to high school in Clarksville, TN. In 1921, he began his studies at Vanderbilt University and joined a group of poets who called themselves the Fugitives. He went on to publish over 40 books, and he is the only writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for both fiction and poetry.
https://poets.org/poem/vision-0 (Read "Vision" and other poems by Robert Penn Warren at Poets.org)
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-penn-warren (Biography and poems at the Poetry Foundation)
https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/warren/ (Online Resources (Library of Congress Web Guide))
The Beat: Chris Tonelli
Chris Tonelli is a founding editor of the independent poetry press http://www.birdsllc.com/ (Birds, LLC); co-director of the https://ncbookfestival.com/ (NC Book Festival); and author of five chapbooks and two full-length collections of poetry, most recently https://www.barrelhousemag.com/shopone/whatever-stasis-by-chris-tonelli (Whatever Stasis (Barrelhouse Books, 2018)). He works in https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/ (the Libraries at NC State) and is the co-owner of https://www.facebook.com/soandsobooks (So and So Books) in downtown Raleigh, where he lives with his wife, Allison, and two kids, Miles and Vera.
https://files.captivate.fm/library/70af915b-6a9d-4413-9199-31425e87ac1b/wide-bird-and-pluto-chris-tonelli.pdf (Read "Wide Bird" and "Pluto" by Chris Tonelli)
https://www.birdsllc.com/authors/chris-tonelli (Bio and links at Birds, LLC)
https://www.napowrimo.net/the-na-glopowrimo-interview-with-chris-tonelli/ (Interview at NaPoWriMo.net)
https://poets.org/poem/test-company (from “A Test of Company” at poets.org)
The Beat: Adelaide Crapsey
Adelaide Crapsey is best known as the inventor of the American http://cinquain.org/ (cinquain). She was born in 1878 in Brooklyn, NY, and she grew up in Rochester. In 1903, she began to show symptoms of tuberculosis which would eventually take her life in 1914. In spite of her illness, Crapsey attended the American Academy’s School of Classical Study in Rome, and then eventually returned to the U.S. to teach at Smith College. Shortly after her death, her first book of poems was published. It was called simply Verse.
https://files.captivate.fm/library/239835db-6f02-4000-850b-cf550cf7bcf9/amaze-and-niagra-adelaide-crapsey.pdf (Read "Amaze" and "Niagra" by Adelaide Crapsey)
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/adelaide-crapsey (Bio and poems at the Poetry Foundation's website)
https://poets.org/poet/adelaide-crapsey (Adelaide Crapsey at Poets.org )