Chattanooga Author Showcase
Thursday, Aug. 25
Celebrate the talented local writers in Chattanooga! The Chattanooga Author Showcase will feature nine authors and their published works in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, essay, memoir, short story, young adult, and children's genres. Along with music, drinks, and tables with their books, the authors will have a reading and answer questions.
The event is free, but registration is required.
Donations are encouraged.
KB Ballentine teaches high school and college students creative writing, theatre arts, and literature. She has an M.A. in Writing and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and publications and she is the author of seven collections of poetry including Edge of the Echo . Her work also appears in several journals and anthologies. She has received many awards including the Blue Light Press Book Award, the Libba Moore Gray Poetry Prize and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. She was also a finalist in the 2021 Local Distinguished Author Award by SoLit.
Poetry and Memoir
Earl Braggs is a UC Foundation and Battle Professor of English at the Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His fifteen books include poetry collections such as his most recent work Obama's Children. He also published a memoir, Boy Named Boy. Among his many awards are the Anhinga Poetry Prize, the Cleveland (Ohio) State Poetry Prize the C&R Poetry Prize, the Jack Kerouac International Literary Prize, the Knoxville News Sentinel Poetry Award, and the Gloucester County Poetry Prize. Braggs’ novel was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Contest. Earl was the winner of the 2021 Local Distinguished Author Award from SoLit.
Eleanor McCallie Cooper started writing after retirement. Her new book Dragonfly Dreams is historical fiction for young readers. It has received awards, including the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Award, Gold prize; National Indie Excellence Award, Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, and the Feathered Quill. Her first book Grace in China: An American Woman Beyond the Great Wall, 1934-74 is being republished by New South Books in August 2022.
Non-fiction and History
Sam Elliott is a local attorney turned author and practices primarily in the field of litigation and local government representation with the firm Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott and Cannon, PLLC. His love of history, particularly the Civil War, has led to multiple books, including John C. Brown of Tennessee: Rebel, Redeemer, and Railroader, published by The University of Tennessee Press, as well as The Chattanooga Campaign, Soldier of Tennessee: General Alexander P. Stewart and the Civil War in the West, and Isham G. Harris of Tennessee. He has been a member of the Tennessee Historical Commission since 2005. He was also a finalist in the 2021 Local Distinguished Author Award by SoLit.
Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Non-fiction and Children's Non-fiction
Rita Hubbard is a former special education teacher from Chattanooga and is the author of African Americans in Chattanooga and the children's books Hammering for Freedom and The Oldest Student. All three of her books feature stories about Chattanoogan African Americans throughout history. The Oldest Student received the Best Nonfiction Children’s Book of the Year by Amazon.com. and was a nominee for the 2020 Cybil Award.
Fiction and Mystery
Audrey Keown is the author of a mystery series set Murder at Hotel 1911 and Dust to Dust that are set in Chattanooga. Fresh Fiction says the series is “An exciting and entertaining mystery with an eye-opening glimpse into the life of someone struggling with an anxiety disorder.” For ten years, she wrote professionally for periodicals, which sharpened her storytelling skills for cutting into fiction writing.
Young Adult and Children's Genre
Natalie Lloyd is the New York Times bestselling author of nine young adult and children's books including the most recent, The Hummingbird. Her earlier work, The Snicker of Magic, won multiple awards, including a Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance children's book finalist and the New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.
Paul Luikart is the author of the short story collections Animal Heart (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016), Brief Instructions (Ghostbird Press, 2017), and Metropolia (Ghostbird Press, 2021), in addition to The Museum of Heartache. This multitalented renaissance man serves as an adjunct professor of fiction writing at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and is also a visual artist in abstract painting.
Essay and Memoir
Dana Shavin is an author, essayist, and a three-time award-winning columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Her essays have been nominated for inclusion in Best American Essays and for a Pushcart, and she is the past editor of the Chattanooga Jewish Federation magazine, The Shofar. Dana has published two books including her most recent Finding the World: Thoughts on Life, Love, Home and Dogs, which is a collection of her most popular articles during 20 years as a columnist at the Times Free Press.