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Locales: Poems from the Fellowship of Southern Writers
Edited by Fred Chappell, with a Foreword by George Garrett
Louisiana State University Press, 2003
134 pages
Hardcover, $34.95    ISBN: 0-8071-2863-5
Trade Paper, $18.95  ISBN: 0-8071-2864-3
 
  To coincide with the biennial Conference on Southern Literature, Locales: Poems from the Fellowship of Southern Writers features works by members of the Fellowship and winners of the Hanes Prize for Poetry.  In his forward, George Garrett states the goal of the books published by the organization is to "give the reader a sense of the direction and development of southern writing in our time."

As an anthology, Locales features the best of the South, including: A. R. Ammons, James Applewhite, Wendell Berry, Fred Chappell, Kelly Cherry, James Dickey, Andrew Hudgins, T. R. Hummer, George Garrett, Rodney Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Robert Morgan, George Scarbrough, Dave Smith, Henry Taylor, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Robert Penn Warren, and Charles Wright. 

The collection captures the southern experience in poems like Applewhite's "A Wilson County Farmer," Wendell Berry's "History," Hudgins's "Southern Literature," and Dickey's "Snow on a Southern State."

Fred Chappell is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The World Between the Eyes, Midquest, Spring Garden: New and Selected Poems, and Family Gatherings, as well as eight books of fiction.  He is Poet Laureate of North Carolina and has received the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Aiken-Taylor Award, among other honors.  A native of western North Carolina, he teaches at the University of North Carolina.

Joyce Dixon
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