Literary Friday, Edition 97
Celebrating National Poetry Month With a Poem A Day
North Carolina poet Carl Sandburg once said, “Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.” We’re not quite sure what that means, but we’re celebrating National Poetry Month anyway. We started posting a poem a day on April 1 and will continue to do so throughout the month. You can find the daily poem in our Southern Voice section and also by following us on Twitter and Facebook. So, butter a biscuit and scroll down for today’s pair of poems by Barbara Caceres.
Review of Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck
The author of Hemingway’s Girl and Call Me Zelda is back with a new book about poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Intern Mary Sellers has a review, calling Fallen Beauty “a beautiful novel that celebrates the life worth lived: love, family, the artistic inclination, the ‘role’ in a household that goes beyond homemaker and wife into something deeper and fresher.”
Flavorwire has a list of the 50 Best Southern Novels Ever Written. Is your fave on it?
Thomas Wolfe and Sherwood Anderson are included in BookRiot’s 30 Bookish Wedding Readings. Don’t mind if we do.
Acclaimed Southern writer Ellen Gilchrist has returned to the scene with her first story collection in eight years. Acts of God was released April 1 and takes us into 11 scenarios in which people dealing with forces beyond their control somehow manage to survive, persevere and even triumph.
And we have the Tales of Robert Johnson and Harriet the Spy from Oxford Conference for the Book last weekend.
Thanks to @bpl for the shoutout this week. We encourage lots of poetry following this month.
See Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story at the Crossroads Film Festival in Oxford, Mississippi, April 3-6 and April 8 at the RiverRun Film Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
New Orleans Culinary Library has a full schedule of events planned for April, including a booksigning and discussion with Sam Irwin, author of Louisiana Crawfish, on April 5 and a booksigning party with Sarah Baird, author of Kentucky Sweets, on April 12.
The Mockingbird Players will perform their annual version of “To Kill A Mockingbird” in Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville starting on April 17 and running through May 17.
The Alabama Book Festival is scheduled for April 19 at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. This year’s authors include Susan Gregg Gilmore, Cassandra King, Charles McNair and lots more.
The 20th Fitzgerald Gala will be held at the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, May 3. Attire is flapper of course.
See Ellen Gilchrist at the Margaret Mitchell House May 21 in Atlanta, where she will speak about her new short story collection Acts of God.
New in Southern Voice
In The Days That Follow and Seeds by Barbara Caceres, a Seattle poet who makes a pilgrimage down South each year.