Texts Benedict, a reading of poetry, fiction, & memoir in Knoxville, TN

Dear all,

If you’ll be in the Knoxville area on November 22nd, come to one of the city’s best restaurants, The Plaid Apron, for an afternoon of poetry, prose, and small plates. Four great writers will read their work in the quiet riverside neighbourhood of Sequoyah Hills.

Here’s the info from the event’s facebook page:


Join us on November 22nd for a reading at The Plaid Apron, featuring local writers Marilyn Kallet and Erin Elizabeth Smith, as well as awesome out-of-towners Ira Sukrungruang and Tawni Waters.

Saturday, November 22 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
The Plaid Apron – A Knoxville Café
1210 Kenesaw Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

You can view bios for these lovely writer folk below.

Tawni and Ira are both on book tour this fall, and we want to help them celebrate their new books with a feast of words and tasty small plates. There will be a selection of small plates, beer, wine, and coffees and teas available for purchase.

Please come out and support these writers, and eat, drink, and be merry!

Jeni Stewart

About Our Readers:

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 16 books including The Love That Moves Me, poetry by Black Widow Press, 2013. She has also translated Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems (Derniers poèmes d’amour), Benjamin Péret’s The Big Game (Le grand jeu), and has co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s Disenchanted City (La Vie Désenchantée), due out in 2015. Kallet directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, where she is Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English. Each spring she leads poetry workshops for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Auvillar, France.

Check out her website at: http://www.marilynkallet.com/

Erin Elizabeth Smith teaches poetry writing, public writing, and a variety of literature and genre classes including Women in American Literature and Introduction to Poetry at the University of Tennessee. Her first book of poetry, The Fear of Being Found, was published by Three Candles Press in early 2008 and her chapbook, The Chainsaw Bears, was published by Dancing Girl Press. Her second full-length collection, The Naming of Strays was released by Gold Wake Press in 2011.

Smith’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in 32 Poems, Mid-American, The Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, Crab Orchard, Revolution House, West Branch, and Willow Springs, among others. In 2009, she graduated with her PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1999, she founded Stirring: A Literary Collection, and since then has also served as the managing editor of Sundress Publications and the Best of the Net Anthology (2006-2013). Smith currently lives in Oak Ridge, TN where she is the Creative Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms.

Tawni Waters is a writer, actor, college teacher, and gypsy. Her first novel, Beauty of the Broken, will be released by Simon/Pulse in Fall 2014. Her first poetry book, Siren Song, will be released by Burlesque Press in Winter 2014. Her work has been published in Best Travel Writing 2010, Bridal Guide Magazine, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Albuquerque Journal, Albion Review, ABQ Arts Magazine,So To Speak, Blood Lotus, and Conceptions Southwest, among others. She is a regular contributor to Burlesque Press and was a regular contributor Albuquerque’s East Mountain Telegraph. In 2010, she won the Grand Prize in the Solas Awards Travel Writing Competition. In 2009, she won the Editor’s Award for Fiction from Ellipses Magazine. She teaches creative writing at Estrella Mountain College. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her children and a menagerie of wayward animals. In her spare time, she talks to angels, humanely evicts spiders from her floorboards, and plays Magdalene to a minor rock god.

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night, which won the Anita Claire Schraf Award. He is coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida and the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong.

One thought on “Texts Benedict, a reading of poetry, fiction, & memoir in Knoxville, TN

  1. Reblogged this on Burlesque Press and commented:
    Burlesque Press is hosting a reading in Knoxville, TN in November! If you’re in the area, please come check it out, and meet some of our staff, regular contributors (Tawni Waters!) and a few of our festival guests. And there will be cheese plates!


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