An Evening of Poetry with “Ade” Anita Johnson, Maggie Rue Hess, and Andrew Dillon

Union Ave Books is excited to present “Ade” Anita Johnson, Maggie Rue Hess, and Andrew Dillon for an evening of poetry! This event will take place on Friday, March 15th at 6pm at our bookstore. This is a free event. Please RSVP via the webform below with your name and the number of attendees in your group. Contact information will be used in case of time change, cancellation, etc.

“Ade” Anita Johnson is an emerging Black southern poet and spoken word artist that creates modern dance on the page.  Pulling from her sturdy roots, and ever-blossoming love of the natural, she explores the lyrical rhythm of phrasing while digging into themes of love, identity, justice and the divine.  She is a member of the 5th Woman Poet Collective and the Knoxville Writer’s Guild.  As a fiction writer she strives to create diverse worlds for YA readers to see themselves in imagined magical futures. She is the founder and curator of Colors of Light Black People Write, a global online writing community for Black writers. Colors of Light offers regular writing sessions & workshops as it seeks to build a community for Black writers of all genres to connect, write, support, and encourage each other. Ade loves to inspire all ages to tap into their creativity and write.  She aims to ignite imaginations, invite critical thought, and challenge norms served with a drip of honey and a dash of humor. Her chapbook “Moving in Twilight – Searching in the Dark '' was published in 2023 and she is currently working on poetry and a YA fantasy novel.  She holds a BA in English and Theatre from Mount Holyoke College, and she currently resides in Knoxville, TN. 

Maggie Rue Hess (she/her) is a PhD student living in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her partner and their two crusty white dogs. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Minnesota Review, Connecticut River Review, and other publications; The Bones That Map Us is her debut chapbook. She serves as a poetry reader and Managing Editor for Online Content for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. Maggie gets her stubbornness from both sides of her family and shares baked goods to show love; she has a surprising competitive side and her mom's crooked front teeth.

Andrew Dillon is an American poet living in Amsterdam, who graduated in the University of Tennessee's inaugural MFA class. His work has been published in several print & online journals. His debut collection, The Great Permission: A reliquary, is the first poetry collection built exclusively for the web.

Event date: 
Friday, March 15, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902