The James Agee Online Reading Series returns this fall, continuing a tradition that started seven years ago as an on-campus literature conference at Pellissippi State Community College.
This year’s authors are James E. Cherry and Jane Harrington. Their readings are recorded, not live, and will include the authors’ thoughts on writing and publishing in addition to sharing from their books.
“By rethinking the conference as an online reading series that will be available on YouTube throughout the academic year, we can reach a wider audience,” said conference founder Charles Dodd White, an award-winning author and associate professor of English at Pellissippi State. “We are encouraging instructors to use it in their classrooms, but the reading series is free and open to the public as well.”
James E. Cherry the author of a poetry chapbook, two full collections of poetry and two novels. He has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a Lillian Smith Book Award and was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Fiction. Cherry has a master’s of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and lives in Tennessee with his wife, Tammy.
Cherry’s reading from his thriller “Edge of the Wind” is already available here.
Jane Harrington has published books for the youth market and now crafts literary fiction, creative nonfiction and lyric prose. Her writing has been short-listed for prizes both nationally and internationally, and her novel “In Circling Flight” was awarded the 2019 Brighthorse Prize. Harrington is a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and teaches wordcraft and literature as a visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. A link to her reading will be provided later this fall.
Lesli Bales-Sherrod does marketing and writing for Pellissippi State Community College.