Southern Festival of Books Oct. 11-13 to feature r...

Southern Festival of Books Oct. 11-13 to feature renowned members of MTSU community

2019 Southern Festival of Books poster with MTSU-affiliated participants clockwise from center left: MTSU English professor Gaylord Brewer, author and MTSU language professor emerita Juen Hall McCash, alumna, author and Murfreesboro poet laureate Kory Wells, and alumnus and IngramSpark business development manager Josh Floyd.

MTSU faculty and alumni will display their love of the written word with other authors at this year’s Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.

2019 Southern Festival of Books poster

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The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Humanities Tennessee and set Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, at Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave. N., and the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.

MTSU is one of the festival’s official exhibitors.

The MTSU attendees at this year’s event include:

Josh Floyd, MTSU alumnus and manager of business development for IngramSpark, a division of Ingram Content Group

Josh Floyd

• Alumnus Josh Floyd, who will speak on “Self-Publishing 101: Insights and Self-Practices for IngramSpark’s Self-Publishing Platform” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Room 1A of the NPL’s Conference Center.

Floyd, who earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering technology and industrial studies from MTSU, is manager of business development for IngramSpark. The company, a division of the La Vergne, Tennessee-based Ingram Content Group, provides publish-on-demand services.

Dr. Gaylord Brewer, MTSU Department of English

Dr. Gaylord Brewer

• Dr. Gaylord Brewer, a professor in the Department of English, who will participate in a panel discussion with fellow poets Bill Brown and Sandy Coomer on the topic of “The Language of Observation: Three Tennessee Poets” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Nashville Public Library Teen Center.

Brewer, who has been an MTSU faculty member since 1993, is the author of 15 books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and literary criticism. His latest book of poetry is “The Feral Condition.”

Dr. June Hall McCash, professor emerita

Dr. June Hall McCash

• Dr. June Hall McCash, a professor emerita of foreign languages and the first director of the University Honors Program, who will talk about her latest book, “Eleanor’s Daughter: A Novel of Marie de Champagne,” at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in the NPL Teen Center.

McCash is the author of 14 books, including five novels, eight nonfiction works and a book of poetry. In 2011, she won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her first novel, “Almost to Eden,” and she also captured the group’s 2013 best-novel award for “Plum Orchard.”

Kory Wells, MTSU alumna and Murfreesboro’s Poet Laureate since 2017

Kory Wells

• Alumna Kory Wells, who will participate in a panel discussion, “Those Who Watch and Listen: Three Poets,” with Jeff Hardin and Dan Veach at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 in the NPL Teen Center.

Wells has been the inaugural Poet Laureate of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, since 2017. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MTSU and is the founder and manager of Poetry in the Boro, a monthly poetry reading. She also mentors poetry students in the MTSU Write program. Her latest book of poetry is “Sugar Fix.”

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