Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Fair


The inaugural Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Fair is a full, fun day of storytelling, author talks, and books at City Hall hosted by the City of Chattanooga on Saturday August 27 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Visit booths to meet local authors and representatives from Chattanooga book-related businesses, and listen to panel discussions, readings, storytellers, poetry, and more. Don't miss out on all the yummy local food trucks lining Newby Street. Click here for more info from Chattanooga Eats on which food trucks will be at the fair, and be sure to invite your friends to lunch!

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10:00 AM - Storytellers

Emcee: Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, Read 20

  • Vincent Phipps: Owner of Communication VIP Training & Coaching
  • Finn Bille: Storyteller & Poet - with Rick Davis on the hammered dulcimer
  • Ginnie Strickland Sams: Writer & Storyteller

11:00 AM - Poets

Emcee: Ray Zimmerman: Poet & VP of the Chattanooga Audubon Society

  • John C. Mannone: Professor of Physics (retired), Chattanooga Writers' Guild Director of Programs
  • KB Ballentine: High school teacher & college adjunct
  • Earl Braggs: Award-winning Author of Ugly Love (Notes from the Negro side of the Moon)

12:00 PM - 5 minute Storytelling

Emcee: Maria Noel, Director of Diversity & Inclusion of Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

1:00 PM - Creative Non-Fiction

Emcee: Corrine Hill, Executive Director, Chattanooga Public Library

  • Deborah Levine: Award-winning author of The Liberator's Daughter
  • Erin Tocknell: Teacher, award-winning essayist, & author of Confederate Streets
  • Linda Murray Bullard: Chief Empowerment Officer of LSMB Business Solutions, LLC

2:00 PM - Fiction

Emcee: Ardena Garth Hicks, Attorney, Lean-In Women Ground Breakers Community Representative

  • Sybil Baker: UC Foundation Associate Professor in the UTC Dept. of English, a Meacham Writers' Workshop instructor and Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat
  • Raymond L. Atkins: Award-winning author of Camp Redemption and Sweetwater Blues
  • Dr. Thomas Balázs: Award-winning author and Sr. Associate English Dept. Head/UTC


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