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Literary Friday, Edition 192

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Celebrating National Poetry Month 

We know it’s April Fool’s Day, but today also happens to be the first day of National Poetry Month. As we have done in years past, we will again be publishing a poem a day through April 30, along with poet interviews and other poetry-related content throughout the month.

Read today’s poem Double Thoughts on Dixie here and find out how Knoxville, Tennessee, is unleashing its own “Poetry Spring” here.


Literary News 

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal examines Tennessee Williams’ Southern gothic genesis in Mississippi via Columbus and Clarksdale.

Speaking of Southern Gothic, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have a new Broadway musical “Bright Star” inspired by a true event and set in the hills of North Carolina.

Letters from Harper Lee up for auction give a peek into her reclusive life and even include a humorous quip about Donald Trump.

Buzz Feed offers 31 Books You Need To Read If You Want To Understand The American South.

And we have a guest post from Texas author Manning Wolfe about pairing wine with books.


Literary Events, Contests & Workshops

DaveRfestposterComing Up: The first Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival is coming to Iberia Parish, Louisiana, April 8-10 in celebration of author James Lee Burke’s famous character. Find out how to walk in Dave’s footsteps around town, attend the Jolie Blon Book Fair, play in a bouree tournament and attend panel discussions, readings and one-act plays.

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is happening this weekend with Megan Abbott, Dorothy Allison, Mary Badham, Kiese Laymon, Rick Bragg and lots more. View the full schedule here. (Saints and Sinners literary conference also takes place April 1-3 in New Orleans.)

Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee, debuts a poetry exhibit, Scruffy ‘Scrapes and Sonnets, featuring photography and poetry through May 5 in in Preservation Pub’s second-floor Speakeasy.

Affrilachian poet Nikky Finney will give a reading at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library series April 4, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.

Save the date for the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum’s annual gala April 30. This year’s event celebrates the 100th anniversary of Zelda’s debut into Montgomery, Alabama, society with a special performance by the Montgomery Ballet.


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.

Have a piece of news, event, video or something else related to Southern lit that you’d like us to consider for Literary Friday? Send an e-mail to [email protected]

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