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ansel elkins   rebecca gayle howell  joseph jordan  jamie quatro


a discussion of influences & intersections of poetry in American songwriting

Panelists: Ansel Elkins, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Joseph Jordan, Jamie Quatro

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Camp House, 149 East MLK Boulevard


Join us Wednesday, September 14 at the Camp House for a conversation about the influences and intersections of poetry and American songwriting. We'll be hosting Rebecca Gayle Howell, senior editor at Oxford American and author of Render / An Apocalypse along with Ansel Elkins, an Oxford American contributor and author of Blue Yodel for this conversation, which will be moderated by Joseph Jordan, professor of English at UTC. Lookout Mountain writer Jamie Quatro, author of I Want To Show You More and contributing editor to the Oxford American, will introduce this dynamic lineup.

Ansel Elkins’s debut collection of poetry, Blue Yodel, was selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Believer, Best New Poets 2011, Ecotone, Guernica, Gulf Coast, the North American Review, the Southern Review, and others. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, an American Antiquarian Society Fellowship, and the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. She holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Born in rural Alabama, she now lives in North Carolina.

Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of Render /An Apocalypse (CSU, 2013), which was selected by Nick Flynn for the Cleveland State University First Book Prize and was a 2014 finalist for ForeWord Review's Book of the Year. She is also the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books, 2011), which was named a 2011 Best Book of Poetry by Library Journal and shortlisted for Three Percent's 2012 Best Translated Book Award. Among her awards are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Native to Kentucky, Howell is a Senior Editor for Oxford American.

Joseph Jordan is an Assistant Professor at UTC. His teaching and writing focus on poetry, Victorian novels, and aesthetics, subjects brought together in his book Dickens Novels as Verse. He is currently writing about country music lyrics and about representations of stuttering and other impediments as means to understand what does and doesn’t count as beautiful in verbal art.

Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, I Want To Show You More (Grove), is a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, O, The Oprah Magazine Summer Reading pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. Longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the collection was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker. The collection was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Georgia Townsend Fiction Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. A second collection and novel are forthcoming from Grove Atlantic.

Come on out for great conversation, thoughtful dialogue, and help cultivate the arts in Chattanooga! This event is free and open to the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Camp House.

Admission is Free



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