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Literary Friday, Edition 98

Lilah Hegnauer’s Poetry Pantry + a Giveaway

pantry-hegnauerIn her latest chapbook, poet Lilah Hegnauer brings to life kitchen objects in order to explore our domestic lives. Pantry includes poems about pitchers and pie birds, spoon rests and French presses, but don’t let Hegnauer lull you into domestic bliss. Her poems aren’t literally about spoons, coddling cups and sifters. She’s peering into our kitchens — and her own — to find those items that we hold dear and examine those aspects of our lives that make us who we are. In an interview for National Poetry Month, we ask Hegnauer to tell us how the idea for Pantry came to her as she found herself away from home and missing some of her favorite kitchen objects, which poets she’s reading now, how the South has influenced her work and, finally, what her own pantry looks like.

Hub City Press has also offered one copy of Pantry for giveaway. To enter to win, click on over to the interview and share your favorite kitchen object/tool/appliance through Tuesday.

For an added giveaway, check out Kory Wells’ Big Poetry Giveaway on her blog, which includes a copy of her own book and a poetry book she loves.


Literary News


We’re Hopping to Eatonton, Georgia, this week to discover the city’s bunny trail and its ties to Joel Chandler Harris and the beloved character of Br’er Rabbit.

The Charleston Library Society is celebrating 100 years on King Street, along with its title of oldest library in the South this year.

Upon the publication of her new book of short stories, Flavorwire has a piece titled Ellen Gilchrist’s ‘Acts of God’ and the Anxiety of Revisiting Authors We Loved as Teenagers.

Just in time for summer, Dorothea Benton Frank’s The Last Original Wife is available in paperback.

Bookriot has suggestions for Staycation Reading, including Erika Robuck’s Fallen Beauty. 


#Southernlit Social 

Thanks to Kory Wells for tweeting about one of our poems this week. We’re posting a poem a day for National Poetry Month, and you can read all of April’s poems so far here.



Literary Events

KentuckySweetsNew Orleans Culinary Library has a full schedule of events planned for April, including a booksigning party with Sarah Baird, author of Kentucky Sweets, tomorrow.

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 

Moving Day, a poem about starting over and searching for that feeling of home, by native Texan Holly Day.


To find out more about Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android


Lilah Hegnauer's Poe
My Flower, Spring