Faux Bridges Art Festival — Parking Lot Adjacent to Gallery — Noon to 6pm
Southern Light and Friends
Sunday, April 15
2 PM to 4 PM
Dramatic new poems and prose from the folks who brought you Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets.
Rebecca Cook, a 2009 Bread Loaf Fiction Scholar, writes poetry and prose and has published in numerous journals. New work is forthcoming in Southeast Review. Her first novel, Click, is forthcoming from Kitsune Books in 2013. Her chapbook of poems, The Terrible Baby is available from Dancing Girl Press. She teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, and literature at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
Finn Bille, author or Fire Poems and contributor to Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets. The International People’s College in Elsinore, Denmark, published his chapbook, Waking Dreams (1986). His collection of poems, Rites of the Earth, appeared in 1994 with notes on each poem and an article on revision. Bille has published about eighty poems individually in various magazines and anthologies. Fire Poems appeared in 2011.
Jenny Sadre-Orafai’s first chapbook, Weed Over Flower, was chosen for publication by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in:many fine journals. Sadre-Orafai’s prose has appeared in Rock Salt Plum and in the Seal Press anthology, Waking Up American. She currently serves as poetry editor for JMWW and is an Assistant Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.
Ray Zimmerman Executive Editor and contributor to Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets. Ray won Second Place in the 2007 poetry contest of the Tennessee Writers Alliance. He has organized poetry readings at numerous Chattanooga venues. Ray was the subject of a feature article in the September 2008 issue of Blush Magazine. He read from Southern Light at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee in October of 2011.
E Smith Gilbert has published in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Bruce Majors, author of The Fields of Owl Roost and contributor to Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets. He has published poems in numerous literary journals. His book, The Fields of Owl Roost, was named first finalist in the 2005 Indie Excellence Book Awards. Bruce’s chapbook, Small Patches of Light, will be released by Pudding House press later this year.
Helga Kidder, contributor to Southern Light, Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets, received a BA in English from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She is a co-founder of the Chattanooga Writers Guild and leads their poetry group. Her chapbook Gravel was published by Poetry Miscellany Chapbooks, UTC, Chattanooga, in 1994. Her chapbook Why I Reach for the Stars was a finalist in the Firewheel Chapbook competition. ‘Finishing Line Press will be publishing her chapbook Wild Plums in 2012.