The University of Tennessee Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Joshua Robbins will be the guest of honor at the Nosh n’ Chat event on Wednesday, 2/20, at 3:00 p.m. in 1210-1211 McClung Tower. Dr. Joshua Robbins will discuss his new book, Praise Nothing, a collection of lyric poems that explore the hard truths surrounding faith and doubt in middle-class American suburbia and our broken connection to the transcendent. It presents a modern perspective of God through a mode of via negativa and arrests readers with its imagery, such as that of the “gravel-throated hallelujahs of dumpsters,” as they profess that “no one is looking for the infinite.” This striking debut collection exposes the realities that surround us, as Robbins reveals that if there is anything left to praise, it is “nothing.”
Joshua Robbins received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee. He currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Tennessee. His recognitions include the James Wright Poetry Award, the New South Prize, selection for The Best New Poets anthology, and multiple Pushcart Prize nominations.