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Literary Friday, Edition 148

Interview With Elizabeth Seydel Morgan Plus a Double Poetry Giveaway

spanshouseOur poet interviews continue with Virginia-based writer Elizabeth Seydel Morgan. Her new book from LSU Press, Spans, is a progression of her work over the years with both old and new poems, but Morgan has also tried her hand at fiction and screenwriting. Zachary Lundgren talks to her about her long career as a poet, how the Southern literary masters influenced her love of language and why it’s important to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Morgan lists the late Virginia poet Claudia Emerson as an influence, so we’re giving away copies of both Spans and Emerson’s last book The Opposite House today. Click on over to Morgan’s interview to enter to win.


Literary News 

In Baltimore, a theater experience based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe is reopening a historic house. “Mesmeric Revelations of Edgar Allan Poe” will run through May 1 with an audience of just 25 each night.

reesewYankee James Hannaham talks about why he became a Southern writer over at BuzzFeed.

Reese Witherspoon will record her first audiobook this month as the chosen voice for Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman. “As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch,” the actress said in a statement.

Arkansas poet C.D. Wright’s One With Others, along with Patricia Smith’s Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, made Flavorwire’s list of the 50 Best Poetry Books of the Decade so Far.

North Carolina writer Erika Marks has announced the title and premise of her next book. The Treasure Hunters will debut in 2016 and feature a marine archeologist who gets a second chance to solve a 200-year-old shipwreck mystery on the Outer Banks.


(Non)Required Reading 

The Telegraph‘s interview with Toni Morrison on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando.


Literary Events

See Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter on exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans through May 31.

The Welty Biennial in Jackson, Mississippi, is happening now through July 3 with exhibits, concerts, a dance party and snapshot contest.

The Alabama Writers Symposium is taking place this weekend in Monroeville with Frye Gaillard, Philip Shirley, Carolyn White and Kirk Curnett.

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum‘s jazz-themed gala May 2 will feature dinner, drinks, dancing, a costume contest and more. Attire is flapper of course, as the event pays tribute to the 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby.

The Yokshop in Oxford, Mississippi, a three-day workshop with host M.O. Walsh, is scheduled for May 15-17.

The South Carolina Book Festival takes place May 15-17 in Columbia with Mary Alice Monroe, Dorothea Benton Frank, Patti Callahan Henry, Karen White, Lee Smith and many more guest authors.

Save the date for SAFTA’s Fiction Writing Retreat May 29-31 and Poetry Writing Retreat June 12-14 at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Reading Recs From our Sponsors

coldmoonThe writer of “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Michael McDowell is an Alabama native whose horror novels have been brought back into print by Valancourt Press. Their latest title is Cold Moon Over Babylon, a chilling story set in a sleepy Southern town.


New in Southern Voice 

Rain and Root Beer, a new poem by Karla Alice Renee.


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Elizabeth Seydel Mor
Rain and Root Beer