Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Meacham Writers' Workshop Celebrates 30 Years

For the last 30 years, the Meacham Writers' Workshop has provided free public readings from authors and provided reviews of local writers' submissions. The Meacham is held two times each year on the campuses of Chattanooga State and UTC as well as a community location. The fall 2015 workshop begins at 7 pm on Thursday, October 22nd at Chattanooga State's Health Science Center, room 1087. 

Bridgette Bates, Caleb Ludwick, and Earl Braggs (bios below) will read selections from their works in HSC 1087. The readings are free and open to the public. The Meacham will continue on Friday and on Saturday. For a full schedule and bios and sample works of all of the visiting writers, visit the Meacham web site at and click on Schedule. 

Bridgette Bates' collection, What Is Not Missing Is Light, won Rescue Press' Black Box Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, PEN Poetry Series, VERSE, and elsewhere. A Fulbright Fellow and "Discovery" Prize winner, she graduated from the UTC and the U. of Iowa Writers' Workshop.  She writes for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and is a features contributor to Kirkus Reviews.
Caleb Ludwick's debut collection of stories, The First Time She Fell (C&R Press, 2013) was a finalist for Book of the Year from Foreword Review. For the past decade, he has worked with agencies nationwide as lead writer honored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York Type Director's Club, and permanent inclusion in the Smithsonian National Design Museum. He holds MA degrees from a St. Louis seminary, the UniversitĂ© d'OrlĂ©ans, and the University of Nottingham, and was a 2015 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference.
Earl Braggs teaches creative writing, poetry, African American literature, and Russian literature. He is the author of six collections of poetry and a chapbook. His latest book is Younger Than Neil (Anhinga Press 2009). Braggs is the recipient of the Anhinga Poetry Prize, the Jack Kerouac Literary Prize, the Gloucester Country College Poetry Prize, and the Cleveland State Poetry Prize (unable to accept because he won the Anhinga Prize the same year with the same manuscript). His novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac, was a finalist in the James Jones First Novel Contest. His teaching awards include the UTNAA Outstanding Teacher Award and two Student Government Association Outstanding Professor awards. 

Keep up with the Meacham Writers' Workshop news on their website and on the workshop's Twitter account.

Read our 2014 blog post Meacham Writers’ Workshop FAQ with Bill Stifler for some great background information about the Meacham workshops.

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