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Poet to read ‘Christmas in Bethlehem’ Saturday

Special to the Enterprise

December 12, 2013

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Appalachian Reading Series will feature poet Dana Wildsmith at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cumberland Gap Wedding Chapel in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.


Wildsmith will read from her poetry collection “Christmas in Bethlehem.”


The collection brings the reader back to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Ga., a farm introduced in her poetry collection, “One Good Hand,” and environmental memoir, “Back to Abnormal.”


The chapbook includes a poem for each day of advent, beginning with poems set in the biblical Bethlehem, then moving in time and place to Wildsmith’s Christmases in Bethlehem, Ga.


Wildsmith is a Southern Independent Booksellers Association nominee and GAYA winner and author of four collections of poetry.


She recently completed a novel. She has served as artist-in-residence for Grand Canyon National Park, writer-in-residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and is a fellow of Hanbridge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.


Wildsmith teaches English literacy through Lanier Technical College.


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


For more information or to reserve a spot in the workshop, contact Darnell Arnoult at darnell.arnoult@lmunet.edu or 423-869-7074.