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June 20, 2012



 KWG Open Mic Night Is Thursday, July 5!    

Open mic readers
2011 Open Mic readers (from top) Grant Fetters, Dale Mackey


Join  the Knoxville Writers' Guild for its annual Open Mic Night on Thursday, July 5. Enjoy the talent of others, or pitch in with your own!

The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders. A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave.

To ensure as many people as possible have the chance to read, please follow these rules:

1) You must be a current member of the Knoxville Writers' Guild. You can join or renew your membership before the readings begin. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door for those taking part. Writers sign up on a first come, first serve basis.
2) What you read should be your own work or that of another KWG member. If it will be the work of another KWG member, you are required to have permission to read his/her work.
3) Your reading time will be three or four minutes maximum, depending on the number of people who sign up. It's not necessary that your reading last the full amount of time allotted. For example, if you have a one-minute poem and don't have anything else you'd like to read, that would be fine.
4) What you read should be suitable for a general audience. In other words, please show courtesy to those attending. Think of approaching your reading as something to be shared and appreciated by one-and-all.

Open mike night is one of the most popular KWG meetings of the year. Arrive early to sign up and ensure a great seat.

Please Bring Snacks to Share! 
At KWG meetings, we enjoy snacks and conversation before and after the meeting! Please join us in this convivial time. Bring a finger food or snack with you if you can. Everyone will say thank you! 

  Contests and Readings 


 KWG Literary Contest Deadline Approaching!

You can still enter the 2012 KWG Literary Contests! Deadline for entries is midnight, June 30. Click here for full guidelines.idnight, June 30. Click here for information.
Click here to meet the judges!

Ben Atchley Veteran's Home To Host Reading

Several writers will read their work published in "A Tapestry of Voices: an East Tennessee Anthology" at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at Ben Atchley Veteran's Home, located just off Pellissippi Parkway near West Bridge Business Park.

Readers will be:
-- Joe Rector, local columnist and novelist, who will read his short story, "Cousins";  
-- Judith Duvall, who will read her poem, "City Friends," and  her short story, "Different Rules"  
-- Michael Gill, author of news e-letter "Bluegills's Pond," will read his short essay, "Strange Pigtails,"
-- Connie Gordon Green, who will read her poems, "Living with Snakes," "Song of the Farmer" and "Pastoral"
Also speaking will be Jay Searcy, author of "The Last Reunion," about the Oak Ridge Class of 1952 and the history of the Secret City. Searcy is an national award-winning sports writer and feature writer who lived in Oak Ridge as a child during World War II. He has been collecting Oak Ridge stories most of his adult life.
       The anthology is currently available for purchase at independent bookstores or at Searcy's "The Last Reunion" is available on Amazon.

Still: The Journal Accepting Entries

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the third annual Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our submission philosophy which states: "Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the Mountain South or that is written by an author with an established connection to the region." Deadline is August 31. Judges are Jesse Graves, poetry; Charles Dodd White, fiction; and Joyce Dyer, nonfiction. Information:

Storytelling and Music        

Carpetback Theatre

 Join the Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. for our storytelling & music series, "I'm Gonna Tell!" Linda Hill is our storyteller on June 20th. Nancy Brennan Strange is our storyteller on June 22nd. Kelle Jolly is our storyteller on June 27th and Linda Hill is our storyteller on June 29th. All shows begin at 11am. Adults $6 and children $4, under 5 FREE. We are located at 100 S. Gay Street The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture.  

Submit Your News!

Send your news of readings, writers and writers' events to the KWG Weekly Update, Kelly Norrell, webmistress, at, and to the East Tennessee Writer, Daryl Yearwood, Editor, at


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Life gets busy, and sometimes we forget.  Please update your Guild membership and rejoin your Knoxville-area circle of writers, publishers, poets, and performers. To renew, please visit

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Disclaimer: As a service to members, KWG shares announcements of literary competitions and publishing opportunities. If you have any questions about the listings, please contact the sponsor. Unless specifically noted, these are not KWG-sponsored projects.
The Knoxville Writers' Guild meets the first Thursday of each month at the Laurel Theatre, 16 St. and Laurel Ave., Knoxville, TN at 7:00pm. For more information about the Guild, visit
 To become a Knoxville Writers' Guild member or to renew your membership, go to  Membership is $30/year, $15/students.