ETSU’s Dr. Jesse Graves and William Wright to read from their new books


JOHNSON CITY (March 27, 2014) — Dr. Jesse Graves, faculty member in the East Tennessee State University Department of Literature and Language, and fellow poet William Wright will read from their recent books on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in the Reece Museum. A book signing and reception will follow.

The event, hosted by Literati, the ETSU student creative writing society, is free and open to the public.

Graves is launching his new collection of poetry, “Basin Ghosts,” published by Texas Review Press.

For his first collection, “Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine,” published by Texas Review Press in 2011, Graves received the Weatherford Award in poetry and the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award in Poetry. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award given by Morehead State University in Kentucky.

Wright is the founding editor of the “Southern Poetry Anthology” series, two of which have been co-edited with Graves. He will have a new book, “Tree Heresies,” released by Mercer University Press in 2015. He is also the author of “Night Field Anecdote” and a new “chapbook,” “Xylem and Heartwood.”

For further information, contact Graves at (423) 439-6674 or . For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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