May 12, 2022

Poetry reading at ETSU is March 23 | Appalachian Highlands

An upcoming poetry reading at East Tennessee State University will honor ETSU’s Dr. Jesse Graves, whose first collection of poetry was published a decade ago.

Publishers release a 10th anniversary reissue of “Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine”, heralded by American poet Ron Rash as “more than an extraordinary first book. These poems have the music, the wisdom and the singular voice of a talented fully realized…”

The poetry reading will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 at the Reece Museum.

Matthew Wimberley of Lees-McRae College will make an appearance, and Dr. Michael Cody of ETSU will provide music.

Graves is the author of four collections of poetry, including “Thankful Days” and a collection of essays, “Said-Songs: Essays on Poetry and Place.” His work has received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and two Weatherford Awards from Berea College. He teaches at ETSU, where he is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English.

For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Disability Services Office at (423) 439-8346.

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