Jesse Graves: EWU Visiting Writers Series

The MFA at EWU and Get Lit! Programs present a reading with Jesse Graves. This is the third reading in our 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series.

Basin Ghosts is a collection of original poems by Jesse Graves, author of Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine. Many poems in Basin Ghosts address places and themes that resonated in Graves’s first collection, which won the Weatherford Award, the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award, and the Appalachian Writers’ Association Book of the Year Award in Poetry. The poems in Basin Ghosts examine life in the rural South, changes that have occurred over generations in communities there, and the ways in which the past lives on through memory and attachment to the land.

Jesse Graves grew up in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, about 40 miles north of Knoxville, in a community his ancestors settled in the 1780s. He is an Associate Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at East Tennessee State University, where he won the 2012 New Faculty Award from the College of Arts & Sciences. His first poetry collection, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, won the 2011 Weatherford Award in Poetry from Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association, as well as a Book of the Year Award from the Appalachian Writers’ Association. Graves' work has appeared in such journals as Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, Connecticut Review, and in the Poem of the Week feature for Missouri Review. Discover more about Graves and his writings atjessegravespoetry.wordpress.com.

Event date: 
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Auntie's Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Basin Ghosts Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781937875534
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Published: Texas Review Press - March 27th, 2014

Basin Ghosts is a chapbook of original poems by Jesse Graves, author of Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine. Many poems in Basin Ghosts address places and themes that resonated in Graves's first collection, which won both the Weatherford Award and the Appalachian Writers' Association Book of the Year Award in Poetry.


Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781933896717
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Published: Texas Review Press - August 1st, 2015

Jesse Graves was born and raised in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, where his ancestors settled in the 1780s. His poems and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Southern Quarterly, Connecticut Review, and other journals, anthologies, and collections. He teaches at East Tennessee State University, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature and Language.