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Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s Hank Hung the Moon is Great Reading

 
Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Clarksville, TN – If you haven’t read Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s books, you’re missing several great reads. Her latest, Hank Hung the Moon (NewSouth Books, Montgomery, Alabama: 2012), is a description of the influence of Hank Williams on Southern life and Southerners in particular

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, Johnson writes a column that appears in about 50 newspapers throughout the U.S. She has reported for United Press International, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Some of her other awards include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest writing, the Headliner Award for commentary, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary.

"Hank Hung the Moon" by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

“Hank Hung the Moon” by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

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Star Power at this Year’s Clarksville Writers’ Conference

 

Clarksville Writer's ConferenceClarksville, TN – If you weren’t there, you should have been. Clarksville Writers’ Conference attracted not only 70 or so attendees but a dozen or more published writers who brought to the stage star power no where else available in this area.

Take, for instance, Frye Gaillard, writer-in-residence at the University of South Florida and author of more than 20 books, who spoke at the superb gala dinner at The Point, the lovely dining room on the Cumberland River edge, just at sunset on Thursday night.

Gaillard reminded the hundred or more guests at the dinner that just across the river is Benfolly, the home of Allen Tate and Caroline Gordon, where the Fugitives, including luminaries like Robert Penn Warren, were fond of gathering.

Frye Gaillard was the keynote speaker at the Clarksville Writers' Conference banquet held June 6th at Liberty Park's Freedom Point.

Frye Gaillard was the keynote speaker at the Clarksville Writers’ Conference banquet held June 6th at Liberty Park’s Freedom Point.

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Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts to host 9th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference

 

APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative ArtsClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Council is partnering with the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, the APSU President’s Office and the Tennessee Arts Commission to once again bring acclaimed authors and poets to town for the Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.

The event will be June 6th and 7th at the APSU Morgan University Center.

Frye Gaillard to Keynote Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference

Frye Gaillard to Keynote Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference

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Frye Gaillard to Keynote Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, June 6th and 7th, 2013

 

Clarksville Writer's ConferenceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission, is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held June 6th and 7th, 2013, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker Frye Gaillard, who has written extensively on Southern race relations, politics and culture as the author or editor of over twenty books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America and The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir.

Frye Gaillard to Keynote Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference

Frye Gaillard to Keynote Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference

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Rheta Grimsley Johnson takes the stage

 
Author Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Author Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Clarksville, TN – Rheta Grimsley Johnson is such an unassuming, self-deprecating person you might not know from what she tells you when she begins speaking that she’s a celebrated columnist, the author of Charles Schultz’s biography, and a novelist with two marvelous books under her belt. She’s also been awarded the National Pacemaker Award, the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award, the Headliner Award, the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award and has been inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspaper Editorial Hall of Fame.

She has written for United Press International, The Auburn Plainsman, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her syndicated column now appears in 150 newspapers.

As icing on the cake, she was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1991. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Seventh Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference Draws World-class Literary Talents

 

This is the first of a series of articles about the Seventh Annual Writers’ Conference held at Austin Peay University on July 14th-15th, 2011. 

Clarksville, TN – Presented by Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council with a grant from Tennessee Arts Commission, the Clarksville Writer’s Conference was held in last week in Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center. The Conference drew people from all over the United States for a wonderful banquet, along with two days of book readings and writing workshops.

Writing is not a job or a hobby or a profession. Writing is a compulsion. People who are writers write because they must. It is usually the way they process the world around them and if they don’t write, they feel like they are not living, only existing.

Dr. Howard Winn introduces William Farris, the keynote speaker at the 2011 Clarksville Writer's Conference Banquet

Dr. Howard Winn introduces William Farris, the keynote speaker at the 2011 Clarksville Writer's Conference Banquet

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Time to Sign Up for the 2011 Clarksville Writers’ Conference

 

Clarksville, TN – It’s hard to believe that almost a year has gone by since I was hearing Rheta Grimsley Johnson, William Gay, Chuck Sambuchino, Tom Franklin and other writers who spoke at last year’s fantastic Clarksville Writers’ Conference at Austin Peay State University. Yet here it is—time again to sign up for this year’s conference which will be held on July 14th – 15th

One of the best things for many of us is that the conference is being held in the middle of July this year rather than near the end as it was in former years. (At least for me, that will give me more time to write up what I heard there so that I can share it with you.) The timing will also allow you have to schedule other activities (like writing your book!) before summer ends. «Read the rest of this article»

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A glimpse of Rheta Grimsley Johnson

 
Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Rheta Grimsley Johnson

The Sixth Annual Clarksville Writer’s Conference presented an array of not only famous authors but personable ones as well, not the least of whom was Rheta Grimsley Johnson. Introduced by Taylor Emery of Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature faculty, Rheta Johnson was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 1991 and is winner of the 1983 Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest reporting. Her other numerous awards include the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary, the Headliner Award for commentary, and induction into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame.

Well known as being the biographer of Charles Schultz (Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz published in 1989), Rheta became a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a post formerly held by the late Lewis Grizzard. She previously wrote for The Auburn Plainsman while at Auburn University and later for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Her columns are syndicated by King Features of New York and they appear in about 50 newspapers throughout the United States.

Attendees at Rheta Grimsley Johnson's presentation at the 2010 Clarksville Writers Conference

Attendees at Rheta Grimsley Johnson's presentation at the 2010 Clarksville Writers Conference

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Architectural Heritage Bus Tour Kicks Off 2010 Clarksville Writer’s Conference

 
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Josh Wright

Where can you overhear a discussion of the war in ’62 and learn that it’s not Viet Nam being discussed but the War Between the States? Where can you find out a ghost may be lurking right down town in Clarksville? Where can you see tobacco leaves highlighted in the stained glass windows of an exquisite historic church?

The answer to all these questions is the Architectural Heritage Tour that is the first episode in the Sixth Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference.

Here’s what you missed if you weren’t on the tour conducted by Josh Wright. He co-chaired with Micki Daugherty this year’s tour. Architect Wright gave a brief overview of each location to be visited during a presentation at the Riverview Inn where the group of 30 writers and history buffs met at 9:00am on Wednesday. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Don’t Miss the Sixth Annual Clarksville Writer’s Conference

 

Writing is a lonely profession. Oh, sure, you have lots of company when you’re researching your project (unless all your research in on the Internet), but when you sit down and face that blank page, you’re on your own, my friend.

When an opportunity like the Sixth Annual Clarksville Writer’s Conference comes along, no writer can afford to miss it. Just rubbing shoulders with these highly successful people will give you impetus to keep on creating those masterpieces of your own.

Keep in mind, however, that you don’t have to be a writer to attend. You can be an avid reader and get a wealth of experiences from it too.

Here’s what’s available that you don’t want to miss. On July 28th and 29th the Architectural Heritage Tour takes you to all those lovely old houses you’ve always wanted to see the inside of. You’ll hear stories of Clarksville beginning in the late 1700’s when the river was the impetus for its growth, the trying times during the War Between the States, and what led Clarksville to become a world center for the dark fired tobacco industry. Lunch is provided during the tour. Pre-registration for one day is $50.00 and is only $75.00 for both days. If you register late, you’ll have to pay an additional $5.00 for either schedule. «Read the rest of this article»

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