The Southern Lit Alliance is offering several fun and special literary events this spring! Be sure to check this page for updates! 

Questions regarding events may be directed to Rhett Reeves, Program Director. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (423) 267-1218.

 Upcoming Events: 



Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18th

This is a ticketed event, purchase yours here!

SLA SaveTheDate 6x9 DM proof1The amazing legacy continues! Since 1981, the Celebration of Southern Literature brings a nationwide audience of writers and literary devotees who come to interact with their favorite Southern authors (and discover new ones, too). Bringing together writers and readers through the Celebration provides participants with an up-close and spectacular view of the literary topography of the South—along with the authors who all together shape and create this landscape of the imagination. Simply put, there is no other literary program in the country like the Celebration of Southern Literature. View the 2015 schedule today!

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South Bound:

"Why Books?" A Printmaking Workshop with The Open Press  

Learn to make broadside prints with master printmaker, Steve Miller

Sunday, April 19, 2015

11:00-2:00 PM @ the Open Press

This event is free, but reservations are required. Click here to make yours!

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Steve Miller (bio follows) will give a presentation of his work over the past 40 years, highlighting his collaborations with writers.

Attendees will be able to have a short Q&A with Steve, followed by an opportunity to create broadside prints on The Open Press equipment, utilizing short excerpts from selected writers featured at the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature. 

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So Lit & Jazzanooga present "Lyre to Lyric" 

A Spoken Word Performance by Christian Collier with music by the Dexter Bell Trio

Sunday, April 19, 2015

2:00-4:00 PM @ the Bessie Smith Cultural Center

This event is free, but reservations are required. Click here to make yours!

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Did you know that poetry and song were once the same? The first poems were recited to music played on the lyre, which became the root of the word "lyric." Speaking truth and emotion, sonic and rhythmic, structured and free, poetry and jazz seem like natural-born partners. 

In honor of National Poetry Month, the world's largest literary celebration, and Jazz Appreciation Month, which highlights the glories of jazz as both a historical and a living treasure, Jazzanooga and Southern Lit Alliance come together to present a creative collaboration where Poetry meets Jazz featuring Chattanooga's talented spoken word artist Christian Collier and the Dexter Bell Trio.  

Above: Photograph of Christian Collier

So Lit & "Theology on Tap" present

"My Dear God:" A Conversation on the Faith of Flannery O'Connor

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

7:00 PM @ the Camp House

This event is free and open to the public!

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Join us for a discussion of faith and literature with 3 respected panelists: Dr. John Grammer, director, Sewanee School of Letters, Dr. Robert MacSwain, professor, Sewanee School of Theology, and Jamie Quatro, writer, and contributing editor to The Oxford American magazine. 

Illustration by Greg Ruth

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