Book review Local authors featured in ‘Southern Light’
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Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore, Chattanooga, lists “Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets” as its best-selling book by a local author. Their lists of best-selling books at their store reflect only sales at Winder Binder, but could give insight into what books Chattanoogans are buying. The lists are split into books by local authors, books about Chattanooga and books by national authors. Other books by members of the Chattanooga Writers Guild appear on two of the lists.

The book is currently available a the Museum Center at Five Points.

“Southern Light” received also a great review in the most recent issue of 2nd and Church, Nashville’s literary magazine.

Ford, Falcon and McNeil, publishers, release “Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets” in April 2011. The book is a diverse collection of works by authors connected to the Southern landscape. Each poet speaks with a unique voice of a land illuminated by the hot Southern sun. More than 180 poems celebrate both regional traditions and life in the new South. several contributing authors have published books since “Southern Light” was released in 2011.

“Southern Light” includes poems by Robert Morgan, Penny Dyer, Bill Brown, Bruce Majors, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Rebecca B. Ballentine, Finn Bille and Dan Powers, among others. Ray Zimmerman served as executive editor, while Bruce Majors and Ed Lindberg also served on the editorial team.

Humanities Tennessee selected “Southern Light” as the topic of a panel discussion at the Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, in October 2011. Approximately 20,000 people attend the annual festival to meet their favorite writers and become familiar with talented new writers.

The book was included also in Summer Showcase, an exhibition at Poets House, New York City, throughout July, 2011. At the conclusion of the exhibition, a copy was archived in the Poets House library and database (poetshouse.org/showcase.htm).