We're happy to share with you that Issue 3 of 2nd & Church is complete and ready for viewing and/or ordering. If you use an iPad, you may now download a free version of the issue using the free Magcloud app. Enjoy!
If not, that's okay, too. You may order an individual copy using the Magcloud link to the right of the screen. Simply click on the cover of the issue you'd like to order. Issue 3’s cover story is on the former astronaut, Dr. Rhea Seddon. She's shown in the photo below, along with local poet and author Kory Wells. Kory conducted the main interview with Dr. Seddon that appears in the issue. A big thanks to all of the supporters who came out to March 2013's edition of Literary Libations and helped us celebrate the issue's launch! We appreciate your support a great deal.
ATTENTION: Dr. Seddon is actively seeking a literary agent for her memoir, Weightless: One of America's First Female Astronauts Finds Her Space. Visit her Web site (http://www.rheaseddon.com) to read her book proposal, learn about her writing credentials, and much more.
A veteran of three space shuttle flights, Dr. Seddon spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six women to enter the Astronaut Program. She served as a mission specialist on flights in 1985 and 1991 and as payload commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days. (Please check out her full bio on the Contributors page/link.) Additional Issue 3 pieces include:
- Editor Roy Burkhead has been following Nashville novelist Gary Slaughter around the city’s literary haunts as the author of Cottonwood Summer ’45 promotes this book,--an entertaining, richly-detailed reminiscence of home-front America during the summer of 1945, as well as details of the closing events of World War II. Stay tuned for an exploit of Gary’s Road Show, as well as a review of the novel and an exclusive Q&A with the author.
- Middle Tennessee writer Amanda Moon presents The Writer’s Loft, MTSU’s Low-Residency Certificate in Creative Writing. The Loft is going on ten years now, sending forth many talented writers and poets into Nashville and throughout Tennessee.
- East Tennessee writer Julia Watts review’s Man in the Blue Moon, by Michael Morris. In addition, she’ll share her recent Q&A with the Southern novelist.
- Our poetry editor will be presenting another batch of new poets and their work.
- Chattanooga poet K. B. Ballentine is digging into her creative city to bring our readers something special from the poetry front.
- Knoxville writer and editor Christine Dano Johnson explores Knoxville’s literary history with her piece entitled, “Talking Now of Summer Evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee,” as she documents and reflects on the city’s literary past.
- Nashville’s Suzanne Craig Robertson knocks on the door of Dickson, Tennessee’s Reading Rock Books, an independent bookstore owned and operated by sisters Amy Jernigan and Laura Hill.
- In celebration of the Southern Festival of Books, columnist Renaud Rousselot de Saint Céran revisits one of his favorite French books, Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint- Exupéry.
- Tennessee Poet Laureate Maggi Vaughn joins us once again to review Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics, by Loretta Lynn.
- Middle Tennessee literary mainstay Terry Price shares another excerpt from his novel-in-progress, An Angel's Share.
- Say hello to local author Beth Terrell via an exclusive Q&A.
- Columnist Gayle Edlin takes you once more unto the technical writing breach.
- Nashville writer Mike Turner checks in with the folks over at the Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett Center, a popular monthly poetry reading event in Music City. Not long ago, he caught the readings of poets Malcolm Glass and Mitzi Cross, and he’ll be reporting back on both the poets and the Poet’s Corner event series.
- Columnist Charlotte Rains Dixon brings her unique literary point of view to our fair city.
- Les Kerr, the newest addition to our literary family, brings his songwriting experience to Nashville’s table.
- And let's not forget poet Kate Buckley. She's on assignment somewhere in Nashville, looking for the perfect literary moment to share with us.