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TN Writers | TN Stories: Dr. Mark Cheathem

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

The presidential election of 1844 had it all: an unpopular incumbent forced out of the race, a perennial presidential loser, a candidate whose career appeared to be on life support, a long-shot whose political ideology had been transformed by religious conversion, even a political assassination. Out of this collection of contenders emerged James K. Polk,…

TN Writers | TN Stories: Ciona Rouse

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

Poet, editor, and educator Ciona Rouse is the author of Vantablack, the first chapbook of Third Man Books (2017). Her poetry has appeared in the journals Oxford American, Wildness, Booth, The Account, Still, Talking River, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary and other publications. She has been featured on NPR Music and has work selected by Ada Limón for the podcast The Slowdown.

TN Writers | TN Stories: Aime Alley Card

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

The Tigerbelles tells the epic story of the 1960 Tennessee State University all-Black women's track team, which found Olympic glory at the 1960 games in Rome. The author tells a story of desire, success and failure--of beating the odds--against the backdrop of a changing America, but tells it in an intimate way. Readers will come to…

TN Writers | TN Stories: Betsy T. Phillips

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

On September 10, 1957, Hattie Cotton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee, blew up. On March 16, 1958, the Jewish Community Center was bombed. On April 19, 1960, the home of Civil Rights attorney and Nashville city councilman, Z. Alexander Looby was dynamited. He and his wife were lucky to escape with their lives. These bombings…

TN Writers | TN Stories: Sara Koffi

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA

Parasite meets Such a Fun Age in a scorching debut that is as heartbreaking as it is thrilling, examining the intersection of race, class, and female friendship, and the devastating consequences of everyday actions. After her best friend’s mysterious death, Elizabeth Smith’s picture-perfect life in the Memphis suburbs has spiraled out of control—so much so that she hires a…