Literary Friday, Edition 183
More Southern Lit in 2016
We wanted to let our lit-loving readers know that we are refocusing a bit for the new year and will be covering all Southern literature, all the time. Starting soon, our coverage will shift to mainly literature and culture. We’ll still have food and travel stories, along with recipes, but not without a literary angle. We are also keeping our Southern Voice section but will be making a few changes to our submissions process. Stay tuned as we begin to implement these changes, and we promise to keep you updated each week during Literary Friday.
Arkansas poet C.D. Wright passed away last week. Writer Zachary Lundgren was lucky enough to talk guerilla poetry with her last April as part of our National Poetry Month coverage.
A citywide Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day was declared in Baltimore for the macabre author’s birthday on Tuesday. The Poe Toaster is also back this year, reviving the tradition of putting three roses and a bottle of cognac on the author’s gravesite.
Literary Hub tells us about One of The Great Unsung Crime Novels Of The 20th Century — with ties to Mississippi.
Electric Literature asks Is Your Favorite Novelist Writing For TV in 2016? If your favorite novelist is Gillian Flynn or Nic Pizzolatto, then maybe so.
The New Yorker examines The Oscar Whitness Machine and why movies about the black experience are so often “whited out.”
Literary Events & Contests
Meet 25 authors from 10 states, including Kristy Woodson Harvey, Taylor Brown and Patti Callahan Henry, January 24 at Bookmarks’ “A Movable Feast” event in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee, presents a series of workshops as part of its OUTSpoken platform for the LGBTQ community on January 23, February 20 and March 26.
ZORA! Festival celebrating author Zora Neale Hurston in Eatonville, Florida, takes place January 23-31.
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails in Atlanta invites poets from across the Southeastern U.S. to participate in its inaugural annual prize in Southern Poetry. Poems must be on the topic of love and are due by February 5.
Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration is scheduled for March 1-31 in Key West, Florida, with a party, classic film series and forum, theater performances, art exhibits and more.
And the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival takes place March 30-April 3 this year with Megan Abbott, Dorothy Allison, Mary Badham, Kiese Laymon, Rick Bragg and lots more.
Win the chance to work in Ernest Hemingway’s Key West writing studio by entering the new Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest. Entries are due March 31.
Save the date for the first annual Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival coming to Iberia Parish, Louisiana, April 8-10, 2016.
New in Southern Voice
Silenced, a short story about two strangers sharing family secrets in an airport, by Melanie Arpaio.
To find out more about your favorite Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android and perfect for those winter road trips.