Savage Flower Book Launch
Join Bookmarks for the launch of Anna B. Sutton’s Savage Flower, which explores female oppression and agency in the Bible Belt South. The intertwined landscapes of Tennessee and North Carolina are the backdrop for Sutton’s beautiful, warring marriage or religion, family, the body, sex and reproductive rights, and the inevitable cycle of destruction and rebirth. Free event; registration required: https://www.bookmarksnc.org/savage-flower-book-launch-registration
About Savage Flower:
Poetry. Women's Studies. In Savage Flower, winner of the 2019 St. Lawrence Book Award, Anna B. Sutton explores female oppression and agency in the Bible Belt South. The intertwined landscapes of Tennessee and North Carolina are the backdrop for Sutton's beautiful, warring marriage of religion, family, the body, sex and reproductive rights, and the inevitable cycle of destruction and rebirth. In the tradition of the confessional poem, Sutton looks to her past in search of redemption, while always keeping an eye on the larger meaning. Timely, affecting, and fearless, there are no easy answers in Sutton's imperfect world. As she says in the poem Center Hill, Even the most beautiful things are full / of our blood.
About Anna B. Sutton:
Anna B. Sutton was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She received her BFA from the Appalachian Center for Craft at TN Tech and her MFA from UNC Wilmington. She is currently pursuing a MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at North Carolina State. Her debut collection, Savage Flower, was the winner of the 2019 St. Lawrence Book Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in July 2021. Individual poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Los Angeles Review, Booth, and other journals. In 2013, she received a James Merrill Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. She has also attended Sewanee Writers Conference, Tin House Writers Workshop, and presented on fabulist fiction at the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C. Anna currently works in the University of North Carolina System. Previously, she was the Vice President of John F. Blair, Publisher in Winston-Salem, where she also served as an editor and designer. She has worked for literary nonprofits Humanities Tennessee, Lookout Books, One Pause Poetry, Writers in Action, Young Writers Workshop at UNCW, and the Tennessee Young Writers Workshop. She also co-founded The Porch Writers Collective in Nashville. She has volunteered as an editor or reader for numerous literary magazines, including Dialogist, Ecotone, Chautauqua, Gigantic Sequins, and Atlantis.
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In SAVAGE FLOWER, winner of the 2019 St. Lawrence Book Award, Anna B. Sutton explores female oppression and agency in the Bible Belt South. The intertwined landscapes of Tennessee and North Carolina are the backdrop for Sutton's beautiful, warring marriage of religion, family, the body, sex and reproductive rights, and the inevitable cycle of destruction and rebirth.
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