R113. The New South: A Reading in Three Genres

Room 406 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


With Faulkner's South paved into history, what defines Southern literature today? Do contemporary Southern writers still make use of old tropes like familial loyalty, racial tension, and heavy religion set in a humid landscape of live oaks and wisteria? Does the urban and suburban South require new settings and themes? This reading features five Southern writers reading fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that illuminates and redefines Southern literature today.



Devin Latham earned her MFA from the University of Central Florida where she was an MFA Provost Fellow. Her essays have appeared in the Iowa Review, the Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Georgia College & State University.

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Adam Vines is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review, director of the English Honors Program, and faculty advisor for the UAB Fishing Team. He is author of The Coal Life and coauthor of According to Discretion.

Carrie Jerrell is the author of the poetry collection After the Revival and an associate professor of English at Murray State University in Murray, KY, where she also serves at the coordinator of the undergraduate creative writing program.

Jamie Quatro is the author of the story collection I Want to Show You More. Her work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, Tin House, Ploughshares, Ecotone, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at The Oxford American magazine. A new collection and novel are forthcoming.


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