Earl S. Braggs


October 30, 2013 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Appalachian Reading Series will feature poet Earl S. Braggs on Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m. Braggs will also present a free poetry writing workshop on Saturday, November 16, from 9-11 a.m.

Braggs is a native of Wilmington, N.C. He earned the Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. Currently, he is the Battle/UC Foundation Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he teaches creative writing, poetry, African American literature and Russian literature. His teaching awards include the UTNAA Outstanding Teacher Award and two Student Government Association Outstanding Professor awards.

Braggs is the prolific author of seven collections of poetry, including Hat Dancer Blue, winner of the Anhinga Poetry Prize, and In Which Language Do I Keep Silent: New and Selected. Younger Than Neil is his most recent collection of poetry. Syntactical Arrangements of a Twisted Wind is forthcoming from Anhinga Press. Oliver’s Breakfast in America is forthcoming from Eureka Press. Other prizes include The Jack Kerouac International Literary Prize for a chapter in his yet-to-be published novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac.

“Earl S. Braggs is a transplant from the Wilmington area of North Carolina, but he has been in Chattanooga more than long enough to make that place his own,” said LMU Writer-in-Residence Darnell Arnoult. “Braggs has a keen understanding that place is its own kind of poetry, and he sees an opportunity for a poem in every direction. No matter what the subject—war, baseball, or family--Braggs brings both music and tenderness to his work. I am so excited that he is here to share with our community his poetry and his gift as a writing teacher.”

Braggs will read at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 15, in the Wedding Chapel in Cumberland Gap, Tenn. A selection of his books will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free and open to the public.

The community poetry workshop will take place from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, in room 105 of the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. For more information or to reserve a spot in the workshop, contact Darnell Arnoult at or call 423-869-7074.

The Appalachian Reading Series and associated writing workshops are supported in part through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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