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Pellissippi To Host KWG Anthology Reading

KNOXVILLE -- Several writers will share their poems, stories and essays published in "A Tapestry of Voices: an East Tennessee Anthology" at Pellissippi State Community College's Magnolia Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, February 29.

"The anthology offers works that share the flavor of East Tennessee," Joe Rector, local columnist and novelist, said. Rector is one of five scheduled contributors and will read his short story, "Cousins".

Judith Duvall, also a contributor, said, "I look forward to joining other readers in sharing our work from the Knoxville Writers' Guild anthology,  'A Tapestry of Voices,' a collection whose theme is diversity."

Diversity also will be reflected in the reading. The event's featured contributors are a collection of men and women of different races and ages reading both prose and verse. Duvall, who attributes much of her success to the support of fellow KWG members, will read her poem, "City Friends," and her short story, "Different Rules," both printed in the anthology. Michael Gill will read his short essay, "Strange Pigtails." Gill writes "Bluegill's Pond," a Knoxville entertainment news e-letter.

William Isom, II, a media justice worker, artist, cultural organizer and the father of two young men, will read his poem, "Appalachian Mulatto," and Andre Canty will share his story, "The Mic," about the murder of a rapper. Canty is a graduate of South-Doyle High School and University of Tennessee and currently works as the assistant to the director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

Kay Newton and Doris Ivie edited "A Tapestry of Voices," backed by a KWG committee that includes Martha Yarnell (chair), Kim West (designer), Meg Bensey, Carole Anne Borges, Duvall and Cathy Kodra. The anthology is currently available for purchase at local independent bookstores or at

Published February 18, 2012

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