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April 8-10, 2022

Word of South 2022

Mark Binelli

Mark Binelli is the author of the book Detroit City is the Place to Be, one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 books for 2012. “Binelli offers a wildly compelling biography of a city as well as a profound commentary on postindustrial America,” Publishers Weekly said in its review of his book. Mark Binelli is a […]

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Billie Holiday on the Radio

Chattanooga poet Laurie Perry Vaughen and the Atlanta jazz trio Three Way Mirror, performing as Billie Holiday on the Radio, present a unique show combining poetry and music. Atlanta saxophonist Jeff Crompton composes music for Billie Holiday’s namesake that “touches on blues, jazz, country, rockabilly, and more abstract areas.”  The other members of the band are […]

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Erin Belieu

The director of the creative writing program at Florida State University, Erin Belieu is the author of four poetry collections, whose work has also been published in numerous journals. Her most recent work, Slant Six, was named a top ten book of the year by the New York Times Book Review. She’s the cofounder of […]

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The Bad Years

The Bad Years are a Los Angeles band made up of Sami Akbari and Aaron Mort, “who are awesome and they know it.”  They have released three albums, including The Beautiful Liar EP, which is “packed with cuts that are tortured but uplifting.” The Bad Years describe their music this way: “If you were the […]

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Diane Roberts

If you are a fan of the FSU Seminoles or a resident of Florida, you know – or should know – about the writings of Tallahassee’s own Diane Roberts. Her latest book, Tribal, a comic, critical analysis of a Southern intellectual’s love of FSU football and distaste for the excesses that go with it, made […]

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The Currys

Brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music, The Currys are an Americana trio featuring brothers Jimmy and Tommy and cousin Galen Curry. Like many family groups, their songs are anchored by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only seem to exist among kin. On their second […]

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