GRIST TO HOST EVENT LAUNCHING 10TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE AND EXHIBITION: On Friday, 2/3, UT’s graduate student–run literary journal, Grist, will host an event launching their 10th anniversary issue, at the Central Collective (932 North Central Street), from 7-10pm. Poet Earl Sherman Braggs and fiction writer Adam Ross will read at 7pm, and the First Friday evening will also serve as the opening of an art exhibition to showcase the visual and literary work curated and commissioned for their Tennessee Ekphrasis Project, funded in part by the TN Arts Commission.
Earl Sherman Braggs is a Battle and UC Foundation Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Inducted into the Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Hall of Fame in 2016, he is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Hat Dancer Blue (winner of the Anhinga Poetry Prize), Younger Than Neil, and In Which Language Do I Keep Silent. Literary prizes include the Jack Kerouac International Literary Prize and C&R Press Winter Soup Bowl Series Prize. His latest collections are Oliver’s Breakfast in America and Ugly Love (notes from the Negro side of the moon). Adam Ross is the author of Mr. Peanut, a novel, and the story collection, Ladies and Gentlemen. He is the editor of the Sewanee Review. The event will also feature George David Clark, Kate Daniels, Jamey Hatley, Lydia Peelie, Jamie Quatro, and Sandy Solomon, as well as artists Aaron Cowan, Jana Harper, Alan LeQuire, Frank D. Robinson, Jr., Vadis Turner, Christina Renfer Vogel, Kelly S. Williams, and Jessica Wohl.
Founded in 2007, by the graduate students in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Tennessee, Grist: The Journal for Writers is a resource for the discussion and demonstration of the strategies of the writers’ craft. Grist is committed to focusing on the writer’s occupation, and endeavors to articulate and frame the process through which innovative literature is conceived and brought to the page. For more information about Grist, please visit the journal’s website at http://www.gristjournal.com/.