09/25 - Author Event with Susan O'Dell Underwood, Julia Watts, and Marianne Worthington

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September 25, 2022

Union Ave Books is proud to present an author event featuring Susan O'Dell Underwood, Julia Watts, and Marianne Worthington. The event will be held on September 25, 2022 at 2 pm in our store. 

Please RSVP to reserve your *free* ticket here!

Please note: spots are limited.



Susan O’Dell Underwood grew up in Bristol, Tennessee, the daughter and granddaughter of public-school teachers who also farmed. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a PhD in English from Florida State University. She directs the creative writing program at Carson-Newman University, where her husband, artist David Underwood, also teaches. Besides two chapbooks, she has one full-length collection of poetry, The Book of Awe (Iris Press), and her poems, nonfiction, and stories are published in many journals and anthologies, including Oxford American, Ecotone, Bellevue Literary Review, Still: The Journal, and A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia.




A lifelong Appalachian, Julia Watts is the author of over a dozen novels for adult and young adult readers including the Lambda Literary Award winning Finding H.F., the Lambda Literary Award finalist The Kind of Girl I Am, and the Golden Crown Literary Award winner Secret City. Her 2018 novel Quiver was an Indie Awards finalist, a VOYA Perfect 10 Award winner, and a Southeastern Independent Booksellers' Okra Pick. She is the co-editor, with Jeff Mann, of the anthology LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia, which was also a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Julia lives in Knoxville and is a member of the East Tennessee Writers' Hall of Fame and was recently the recipient of the Tennessee Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award. Julia taught college English for over twenty years, then "retired" to pursue a PhD in Children's/Young Adult Literature at The University of Tennessee. Her new young adult novel, Needlework, received an Honorable Mention in Foreword's Indie Awards and was chosen to represent Tennessee at the Library of Congress's National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.



Marianne Worthington is a Knoxville native who grew up in the Fountain City neighborhood. She is co-founder and editor of Still: The Journal, an online literary magazine publishing writers, artists, and musicians with ties to Appalachia since 2009. Her work has appeared in Oxford American, CALYX, Chapter 16, and CHEAP POP, among other places. She received the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and artist’s grants from Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship. She co-edited Piano in a Sycamore: Writing Lessons from the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop and is author of a poetry chapbook. Her poetry collection, The Girl Singer, was released in late 2021 from Fireside Industries, an imprint of University Press of Kentucky. The Girl Singer won The Weatherford Award for Poetry in 2022. Marianne lives, writes, and teaches in southeast Kentucky. 


Event date: 
Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Event address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Genesis Road By Susan O'Dell Underwood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948692847
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Madville Publishing - June 21st, 2022

Needlework By Julia Watts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953103079
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Three Rooms Press - October 5th, 2021

The Girl Singer: Poems By Marianne Worthington Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950564194
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fireside Industries - November 2nd, 2021