Tn poetry

The Poetry Society of Tennessee will hold its 64th annual festival virtually on Saturday from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

The festival will include both a workshop and poetry readings. There is no charge to attend the festival, but registration is required for non-members.

John C. Mannone will be the festival’s workshop leader, presenting on the intersection of poetry and science. Mannone’s workshop will explore why it is critically important that our education should fuse science with art.

For example, poetry offers imagery to science as visualization strongly enhances understanding while science offers new metaphors to creative writers.

Mannone is a physicist and theoretical chemist with a passion for the literary arts. As a research chemist, he worked on both the Viking and the Voyager missions.

As a physicist in the classroom, he often uses poetry to defuse anxiety and stimulate discussion. He has over 850 works in venues ranging from the North Dakota Quarterly to the Annals of Internal Medicine. He’s the author of three literary poetry collections: "Apocalypse" (Alban Lake Publishing, 2015); "Disabled Monsters" (The Linnet’s Wings Press, 2015); and "Flux Lines" (forthcoming 2020). He’s the poetry editor for Silver Blade, Liquid Imagination, Abyss & Apex, and American Diversity Report.

For a festival agenda and details on how to register, visit An access code for the festival will be provided following registration.

Poetry Society

The Poetry Society of Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by poets for poets in Memphis in 1953 and is a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. It is an inclusive, supportive, “learn by doing” club with members who range from beginners to accomplished poets. Members also include non-writers who simply enjoy poetry.

The society has three chapters: West Tennessee, based in Memphis; Northeast Tennessee, based in Johnson City; and Knoxville. A Middle Tennessee chapter is being developed in Hendersonville. Membership in the society is open to adults of all ages; student memberships are also available.

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