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30th anniversary of APSU’s Zone 3 to be celebrated November 4th with Reading and Reception

 

APSU's Zone 3 PressClarksville, TN – On Friday, November 4th, 2016, the Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence for the Creative Arts’ literary journal Zone 3 will celebrate its 30th anniversary with readings by a number of award-winning former contributors and editors at 4:00pm.

The event, which takes place in the Franklin Room at F&M Bank in downtown Clarksville, is free and open to the public.

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APSU art patrons and artists celebrate at Acuff Circle of Excellence event at F&M Bank’s Franklin Room

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Patrons of the arts at Austin Peay State University joined creators of art at a festive celebration at F&M Bank’s Franklin Room in downtown Clarksville last week.

The annual Soiree on Franklin, in its fifth year and sponsored by the Acuff Circle of Excellence board of directors, featured representations of all of APSU’s arts disciplines: music, dance and theatre, creative writing and the visual arts. This year’s theme, “Coming Home to the Arts,” was chosen to tie into the University’s Homecoming Week.

Austin Peay students from the cast of the upcoming “Broadway on the Cumberland.” entertain at the 2014 Soiree on Franklin.

Austin Peay students from the cast of the upcoming “Broadway on the Cumberland.” entertain at the 2014 Soiree on Franklin.

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APSU’s Zone 3 journal recognized in “Best American Essays 2014”

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In the spring of 2013, an essay titled “The Birds of South America” landed on the desk of Dr. Amy Wright, Austin Peay State University associate professor of languages and literature. It was 28 pages long.

“It’s a very long essay,” Wright said. “I took one look at it and I thought, I don’t know if we should devote that much printed space to one piece.”

The Zone 3 Volume 28. (Shekinah Ellis, APSU)

The Zone 3 Volume 28. (Shekinah Ellis, APSU)

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APSU’s Zone 3 journal recognized in “Best American Essays 2013”

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Every October, the country’s literary community eagerly awaits the release of the “Best American Series,” celebrating the top writing published in the United States in a given year.

The anthologies are a Who’s Who of a genre’s current literary stars, but they also highlight the nation’s preeminent magazines and journals that feature these works.

Austin Peay State University's Zone 3 Journal

Austin Peay State University’s Zone 3 Journal

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Original William Stafford “The Land Between the Rivers” Poem discovered in APSU Woodward Library

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On a Wednesday morning in April, Kentucky journalist and author Carol Niswonger was busy combing through the archives at Austin Peay State University’s Woodward Library, conducting research for her new book on Land Between The Lakes, when she discovered something a bit unusual. Tucked away in a thin, manila folder was a short, hand-written poem titled “The Land Between the Rivers.”

“When I started to read it, I said, ‘that’s it perfectly,’” Niswonger said. “The poem, it epitomized the feelings of that area. It had such an emotional attachment to the land and the surroundings. I thought the poet was someone who lived there.”

An original, handwritten poem, “The Land Between the Rivers,” by the late poet William Stafford was recently discovered in the APSU Woodward Library. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff)

An original, handwritten poem, “The Land Between the Rivers,” by the late poet William Stafford was recently discovered in the APSU Woodward Library. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff)

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Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence Winter Salon sets romantic tone for Valentine’s Day

 

APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative ArtsClarksville, TN – This Valentine’s Day, the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts plans to set a romantic mood with its newest Winter Salon Series Event – A Reading of Love Poetry by Dr. David Till.

“Well, it’s Valentine’s Day, so the subject will be love: some old favorites and maybe some poems new and surprising, too, I hope,” Till said. “It was William Carlos Williams who said ‘It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.’ The whole performance will be a sort of ramble or collage, of if I can manage it, a graceful unfolding.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Zone 3 celebrates 25 years of literary excellence

 

In 1985, Austin Peay State University English professors David Till and Malcolm Glass shared an ambitious dream. They wanted to create one of the south’s pre-eminent poetry journals, publishing only works of high artistic merit.

They settled on the name “Zone 3” for their new magazine, in reference to the temperate zone that encompasses Clarksville, and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts agreed to publish a few issues. It was a risky venture. Thousands of literary journals are founded each year, only to fold because of small readerships and financial constraints.

Professor Malcolm Glass speaks with Christopher Burawa (left) of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts after the reading.

Professor Malcolm Glass speaks with Christopher Burawa (left) of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts after the reading.

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APSU Zone 3 authors showcased during “small press” month

 

Austin Peay State University’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will participate in National Small Press Month, a celebration that will highlight the work of many poets and writers who are published in both independent and university-based presses.

Poets published in “Zone 3,” APSU’s literary journal, will read from their poetry collections beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at Davis-Kidd Books in Green Hills. A book signing will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.

Emeritus Professor of English at APSUDavid Till, emeritus professor of English at APSU and the co-founder of “Zone 3,” will read from his debut collection “Oval.”

“The poems are irregular and sensual, concerned with distinct times and places, and he uses natural imagery to capture lived moments,” said Maria Browning in a review of “Oval” published in The Nashville Scene.

“It’s remarkable that he has waited until now to see a collection of his own work made available, but that long wait has given ‘Oval’ a breadth that no one would expect to find in a literary debut. Till has offered a completed journey in a first step,” Browning said. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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