Yucatan Meets Appalachia: A Bilingual Poetry Recital with Manuel Iris and Jesse Graves

On Thursday, April 20, Jesse and Mexican poet Manuel Iris will present an English/Spanish reading at East Tennessee State University’s D.P. Culp Center. There will be a reception afterward. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Culp Center’s East Tennessee Room (room 392). For more information, see the event page.


Second Annual ETSU Creative Writing Festival

17352069_1259421090837897_4847799884429945659_n (1)The second annual East Tennessee State University Creative Writing Festival, of which Jesse is the director, will take place Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12 at the Reece Museum on the ETSU campus. Award-winning poet and Cornell University professor Ishion Hutchinson is this year’s keynote speaker. Jesse will conduct a public interview with Hutchinson from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on the second day of the festival.

All sessions and presentations are free and open to the public. Visit the festival website for a detailed schedule, presenter biographies, directions, and FAQ.