March Program

Twelve Steps Toward A Healthy Literary Life with Author Amy Wright

6:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Dalt’s American Grill On White Bridge on March 5, 2020.

Often our exemplars for literary life are men—and mythic. Literary women, too, like Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Emily Dickinson, are often tragic figures or outsized geniuses. It took me over a decade to find contemporary models who were living sustainable creative lives and to enter into conversations with them. True artists find their idiosyncratic ways forward, but strong realistic examples like Dorothy Allison, Shane McCrae, Kimiko Hahn, David Huddle, and Janisse Ray modeled healthy techniques to emulate. In this talk, I share a twelve-step process that helped me define and develop a literary identity that includes author, poet, interviewer, scholar, activist, editor, publisher, professor, and coordinator of Creative Writing at Austin Peay State University.

Amy Wright is the author of two poetry books, one poetry collaboration, and six chapbooks, including the essay collection Think I’ll Go Eat A Worm. Her work appears in Georgia ReviewKenyon Review, Appalachian Heritage, Waveform: Anthology of Women Essayists, and Southern Poetry Anthology Volumes III and VI, and elsewhere archived at:  

We’ll meet at Dalt’s American Grill on White Bridge Road at 5:30 for socializing and dinner, and the program will start at 6:30 on Thursday, March 5th.

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