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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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Tom Franklin, the Writer Who Loves to Have Written


“I’m on my fourth novel now,” Tom Franklin tells the Seventh Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference. “Hell at the Breech was a novel I hated to write. I’m one of those novelists who loves to have written, not to write.”

Tom Franklin, former John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) at Oxford and New York Times best-selling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, is married to poet Beth Ann Fennelly; together they have three children. When Tom took the microphone to give his first lecture at APSU last week, Beth Ann and he had just completed the journey from Oxford—with all three children—in a minivan.

Author Tom Franklin

Author Tom Franklin

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