Auburn Writers Conference: The Inspired South
October 17-18, 2014
The Auburn Writers Conference presents our 5th annual gathering of writers and readers, October 17th and 18th in Auburn, Alabama. We’re calling it The Inspired South, but we’re talking about more than a geographic location. Whether local, global, or diasporic, the writers living in the South, and those whose roots are in the South, find in this place a particular richness that keeps the neurons firing and the ink running. The authors that have called the South home are known to us formally—Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Natasha Tretheway—and informally, too, as if we might call them kin—“Buddy” Nordan, “Nelle” Lee. It’s a place that carries the troubled weight of history along. It’s a place that bears witness. It’s a place that knows the value of sweet tea in a cold, sweating glass. It’s Muscle Shoals and Little Five Points, Nashville and Savannah, Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa. It’s gleaming new buildings and bumpy clay roads. It’s poets and memoirists, graphic novelists and short story writers, bringing all of these things together in new and important ways. It’s The Inspired South, and it’s happening in Auburn, Alabama this fall. You don’t want to miss it.
The following events are free and open to the public:
Abide: A Tribute to Jake Adam York and His Work
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16
7:00 P.M. AT THE JULES COLLINS SMITH MUSEUM OF FINE ART
901 SOUTH COLLEGE STREET
For the opening event of the 2014 Auburn Writers Conference, we will hold a reading and celebration in honor of alum Jake Adam York, whose four collections of poetry address the Civil Rights movement in Alabama. Poets and friends Dan Albergotti, Jeanie Thompson, and Brian Barker, along with York’s long-time editor Jon Tribble, will present a tandem reading from York’s posthumously published collection, Abide. Joining them will be Amanda Gunn, the winner of Southern Humanities Review’s inaugural Auburn Witness Poetry Prize in Honor of Jake Adam York. This is the first year that Auburn’s storied national literary magazine has offered the prize, and the editors are proud to be able to honor York’s legacy in this way.
Keynote by Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin
The Tilted World: How We Wrote a Novel Together and Stayed Married
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
6:00 P.M. AT THE HOTEL AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY AND DIXON CONFERENCE CENTER AUDITORIUM
241 SOUTH COLLEGE STREET
Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss. She is the author of three books of poetry: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables. She is co-author, along with her husband Tom Franklin, of The Tilted World. Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.
A reception with a cash bar will precede the keynote at 5:00 p.m.
Reading by Michael Knight
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
9:00 A.M. AT THE HOTEL AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY AND DIXON CONFERENCE CENTER AUDITORIUM
241 SOUTH COLLEGE STREET
Michael Knight is the author of two novels, Divining Rod and The Typist, two collections of short stories, Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody, and a book of novellas, The Holiday Season. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.
Last updated October 16, 2014