You can now order SPECTER MOUNTAIN, Jesse’s collaboration with William Wright, released March 1, 2018, from Mercer University Press.
SPECTER MOUNTAIN is a book-length poetry collaboration between Jesse Graves and William Wright that imagines the spiritual and ecological life of an embattled landscape. The collection fuses two striking poetic visions into a cohesive and innovative new perspective on nature and the inevitable imprint of human interaction with wilderness. Readers will gain a sense of the permanent beauty of rivers and mountains, timeless images of the sublime, and the grandeur that reaches beyond human life and influence. SPECTER MOUNTAIN is a book of voices, delivered by an impressive range of speakers, including even the mountain itself. Sometimes they speak in chorus and sometimes in isolation, out of the past and from the future, offering meditations and reflections on our changing world. These poems reveal a sensitivity to the passing of time, and to the many losses that people and places suffer and outlast together. If the mountain is a haunted landscape, it is also a place of aspiration, where traditions flourish and customs give meaning to the lives that pass there. In his preface to the book, celebrated poet and novelist Robert Morgan says, “Jesse Graves and William Wright are two of the most exciting talents in contemporary poetry. Before they have spoken in distinct and memorable individual voices. In SPECTER MOUNTAIN they have pooled their considerable gifts and found a synergy that yields a unique work that will serve as a landmark for our time, and for many years to come.”
You can order SPECTER MOUNTAIN on Amazon or here.
On January 19, Jesse will be reading at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane, Washington, as a visiting writer in Eastern Washington University’s Visiting Writers series, sponsored by Get Lit! Programs. See the Get Lit! website for more details.
On Sunday, October 22, Jesse’s poetry will be featured on Radio Free Nashville’s “Everyday Poetry” program, which focuses on accessible, contemporary working class poetry. Poet Karen J. Weyant will discuss Jesse’s work. Sandee Gertz hosts. “Everyday Poetry” airs at 12:00 p.m. Eastern/11:00 a.m. Central. You can listen online at Radio Free Nashville.org.
East Tennessee State University will host Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former Poet Laureate of the United States Charles Wright on Wednesday, October 25, for two free and public events. At 2:00 p.m. in the campus’s Reece Museum, there will be a public interview with Wright conducted by Jesse. At 7:30 that evening, Wright will present a reading in the Martha Culp Auditorium. Wright’s visit is the first fall event of the ETSU Creative Writing Festival, of which Jesse is the director.
Jesse will be hosted by Southwest Virginia Community College’s Rodd Altizer Poet-in-Residence program on October 10 and 11. There will be several public events, including a reading and reception at the Appalachian Arts Center in Cedar Bluff, VA at 7:00 p.m. on October 10, and a reading on the SWCC campus on October 11 at 10:50 a.m. See the program page for a full list of events and directions.
Read Jesse’s essay on Jame Agee’s “Knoxville: Summer, 1915” in Still: The Journal‘s Still Life series on creativity.
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.