Monday, July 16, 2012

July Poetry Night at Schroeder's

July Poetry Night
Thursday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.
Courtyard of Schroeder's New Deli on Broad Street

We have a husband/wife writing duo this month at Poetry Night! Catherine Meeks and Alex Quinlan both teach at UTC. Joining them will be Alex Taylor, author of the short story collection The Name of the Nearest River.

More bios:

Catherine Meeks teaches undergraduate courses in rhetoric and composition. She studied Environmental Writing at the University of Montana-Missoula. Her current research and writing interests include exploring intersections of race, landscape, agriculture, and foodways, particularly in the American South.

Alex Quinlan lives in Chattanooga. His poems and nonfiction have appeared in several journals, including Bat City Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, OH NO!, Pebble Lake Review, Tampa Review and Tusculum Review, where he is a contributing editor. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a visiting professor in the department of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College.

Alex Taylor brings us stories from his published collection, The Name of the Nearest River. From Rosine, Kentucky, Taylor has worked as a day laborer on tobacco farms, as a car detailer at a used automotive lot, as a sorghum peddler, at various fast food chains, as a tender of suburban lawns, and at a cigarette lighter factory. He holds an MFA from The University of Mississippi and now teaches at Western Kentucky University. His work has appeared in Carolina Quarterly, American Short Fiction, The Greensboro Review, and elsewhere.

From the book blurb:

"Like a room soaked in the scent of whiskey, perfume, and sweat, Alex Taylor's America is at once intoxicating, vulnerable, and full of brawn. The stories in The Name of the Nearest River reveal the hidden dangers in the coyote-infested fields, rusty riverbeds, and abandoned logging trails of Kentucky. There we find tactile, misbegotten characters, desperate for the solace found in love, revenge, or just enough coal to keep an elderly woman's stove burning a few more nights."

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