Thank you for your continued support of the ChattState Humanities Department's Writers@Work program.

We hope you enjoyed your visit with George Singleton and Clyde Edgerton.

Mark your calendars for April 8-12, 2019, when we will host Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly in support of their novel The Tilted World.



The Half-Mammals of the Stage: An Immersive Theater Experience at Chattanooga State Community College - Humanities Auditorium

APRIL 2ND, 7:00-8:30 pm

Participate in an interactive exploration of select stories from The Half-Mammals of Dixie as Chatt State theatre professor Evans Jarnefeldt and photography professor Mark Wood lead attendees through an engaging presentation of original Chattanooga State student photography and ensemble movement pieces featuring UTC Honors students. 


A Night at the Museum with George Singleton at Hunter Museum of American Art

APRIL 3RD, 5:15-8:00 PM

You won’t want to miss out when George Singleton reads from his work in the iconic lobby of the Hunter Museum. Join us at 5:15pm for a guided gallery walk focusing on iconic pieces of American art and their shared themes with Singleton’s work.  Return to the lobby at 6 pm for the program with George.  He’ll read, speak about his life as a writer, and answer questions from the audience. Stick around afterward for delicious refreshments and a book signing. 


Writers @ Work get SoLit with George Singleton at Southern Literature Alliance, ArtsBuild, 301 East 11th St.

APRIL 4TH, 5:00-6:30 PM

Stop by the headquarters of the Southern Literature Alliance after work for light refreshments and casual conversations with one of Southern lit’s most engaging authors, George Singleton,  in a more intimate, small group setting.  Star Line Books, Chattanooga’s premier indie book store,  will have Singleton’s works on hand for purchase.



Chatt State Chautauqua: Banter and Banjos with George Singleton & Clyde Edgerton at Chattanooga State Community College - Augusta R. Kolwyck Library

April 5th, 4:00-5:00 PM

Come eavesdrop on Writers@Work author George Singleton and his friend, author Clyde Edgerton, as they share stories of the writing life, generally irritate each other, and maybe pick a little banjo. Afterwards, mosey over to the Humanities Auditorium for the final event of the week where both authors will be available to sign books and babies.


Inside the Minds of George Singleton and Clyde Edgerton: The Behind-the-Writer Interview at Chattanooga State Community College - Humanities Auditorium

APRIL 5th, 7:00-8:30 PM

Join us for Writers@Work’s annual interview night. Chatt State Speech and English Professor Lori Barton will interview George Singleton and Clyde Edgerton about their writing process, the stories behind the stories, life as a Southern writer, and their friendship. Edgerton has requested a piano for the stage, so you will not want to miss this one! Bring your questions for the authors and your books for the signing. Dessert reception to follow.


History of Writers @ Work

In 2011, the Chattanooga State Community College Humanities Department founded Writers @ Work (W@W) to enhance the practice of literary analysis in its Composition II classes through the reading of a common novel with a focus on Southern culture and people. It quickly transformed into an annual arts experience that touches the lives of countless people in the greater Chattanooga area.

W@W chooses Southern authors whose works center on life in this region, giving participants a new understanding and appreciation for the culture and arts offered in the South, in their own city, and through the community college that serves it. In a media-driven world that shows a limited, and often stereotyped, view of the South, W@W actively works to showcase and celebrate the diversity and rich culture of the Southern people.

Since its beginnings, W@W has expanded to provide more opportunities for public interaction with visiting authors through dynamic events that are always free to attendees. These events take place in various spotlight locations across the city such as the Chattanooga Aquarium, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and the Hunter Museum of American Art, where the community can interact with the authors in settings that highlight the best of Chattanooga.


Over the last Seven years, W@W has showcased the following authors
and their works:

2012 - Terry Kay’s To Dance With the White Dog

2013 - Ishmael Reed’s New and Collected Poems

2014 - Jill McCorkle’s Creatures of Habit

2015 - Rick Bragg’s All Over But the Shoutin’ and Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom: A Memoir in  Black and White

2016 - Ron Rash’s Serena and selected poems from Robert Morgan

2017 - Tayari Jones's Silver Sparrow

2018 - George Singleton’s The Half-Mammals of Dixie

George Singleton

George Singleton was born in Anaheim, California, but raised in Greenwood, South Carolina. He has written seven collections of short stories, two novels, and an instructional book on writing fiction. He graduated from Furman University in 1980 and received his MFA from UNC Greensboro shortly thereafter.  He was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in April of 2015 after accepting the Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College where he currently teaches. His works have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, Playboy, Oxford American, and The Southern Review.


Clyde Edgerton

Clyde Edgerton was born and raised in the community of Bethesda, near Durham, North Carolina. After serving a lengthy tour in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, he finished his formal education by completing his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill. Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, short stories, and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. 


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