Margaret “Maggi” Britton Vaughn Renewed as Poet Laureate of Tennessee Till 2020
Tennessee’s Margaret “Maggi” Britton Vaughn has been designated Poet Laureate of Tennessee for a term to expire April 1, 2020. Senate Joint Resolution 241 was introduced into the Tennessee General Assembly at the end of March, 2015. Shown here is Representative Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville) in mid-April as the resolution is voted to be sent to the Calendar & Rules Committee. The resolution passed on April 22 (Ayes 94, Nays 0, PNV 0), and the Governor signed it on April 24, 2015.
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Ink has hit paper for our first-ever poetry issue, featuring Tennessee Poet Laureate Margaret (Maggi) Britton Vaughn. Poet Kory Wells sat down with Maggi in the Bell Buckle Café to talk poetry, prose, and anything else that they wanted! Poet Kate Buckley took a trip to Bell Buckle to poke around Maggi’s printing operation, the Bell Buckle Press. And Poet Matt Urmy shares his review of Kory’s and Maggi’s latest literary endeavor, Don’t Forget This Song: Celebrating the Carter Family and Other Roots Musicians. Together with Kelsey Wells and Carole Brown Knuth, these four writers and poets “celebrate the past and present of roots music in styles and for reasons as diverse as the music itself.” And Maggi's editor of nearly two decades (Carole Brown Knuth) share san original piece on this Tennessee poet, entitled "Comas, Commas, and Creativity: An Editor’s Notes on Maggi Vaughn."
Our second issue is now ready for downloading and ordering! Simply click on its cover to the left of this screen.
Issue 2 Web Extra: PBS's Bill Moyers & Maggi
2nd & Church is happy to bring you a sneak peek of our interview with Maggi, in which she talks about the afternoon she spent with PBS's Bill Moyers, reading to him from her poetry collection, The Other Sun of God.
Additional pieces in our second issue include:
- Two new poems by Maggi, entitled “The Computer Triangle” and "Constipated Minds."
- Kory's new poem, “Tuesday Night.”
- Poetry Editor Alvin Knox review of Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets, edited by Ray Zimmerman, Bruce Majors, and Ed Lindberg. Southern Light is a diverse collection authored by a dozen Southern poets.
- Charlotte Rains Dixon reviews Hollywood’s latest take on Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven.
- Gayle Edlin continues her adventures in the land of technical writing, sharing with her readers her take on the creative writer's workspace.
- Renaud Rousselot de Saint Ceran once more translates for us his misadventures in Middle Tennessee, this time taking on French poetry.
- We are excited to offer a feature story on area writer Terry Price and one of his latest literary projects, Magic Time – a WriterSpace Retreat, held at the Penuel Ridge Retreat Center, in Ashland City, Tennessee.
- Starting with the Q3 issue, we will be adding the songwriting genre to our lineup, and in our second issue, we are intoducing our songwriting columnist, Les Kerr, via a Q&A session.
- Writer Suzanne Craig Robertson drops in on Middle Tennessee bookshop Mysteries & More and shares with us a thousand words on her experiences.
- Chattanooga Poet Ray Zimmerman shares with us his new poem, “Firewood.”
- Cookeville Poet Wayne Hogan offers us a new poem, entitled “Writing As No More Than Two Kinds Of Dance."
- Knoxville Poet Connie Jordan Green presents her latest work, “Growing Up Female.”
- Poet Kate Buckley unveils her latest poem, “Janus.”
- Poet Bill Brown offers a new poem, entitled “Simple Things.” Bill isTennessee Writers Alliance's 2011 Writer of the Year!
- And just before Killer Nashville's 2012 event (August 24-26), founder Clay Stafford sits down to talk to us about this year's event, as well as his other literary projects.