Founded by Dr. Victoria Bryan nearly two years ago, the Turn The Page Literacy Initiative offers literary arts education to inmates in the Bradley County Jail system. With a unique set of students, this project requires a creative approach to education. And Dr. Bryan, accompanied by teachers Desdia Dill and Haven Wright, has turned a small idea into a flourishing literary arts experience for the Bradley County Jail System. Expanding from eight participants to nearly 75 now, Turn The Page has also grown in terms of its variety of subject material. When Turn The Page first started, the available funding limited the books to really what was available in multi-copies on the cheap side at the boo

YSSW Spotlight: 2016 Winner Dylan Thomas

Young Southern Student Writers (YSSW) is more than just an annual writing competition. It is a chance for emerging creatives in the greater Chattanooga area to get their start. On April 11, hundreds of K-12 students will fill the Tivoli to receive their awards for original prose and poetry! Dylan Thomas, a new addition to Southern Adventist University’s film program, won last year’s prose and poetry as a 2016 high school senior. For Dylan, YSSW gave him the chance to “leave high school the right way.” Dylan entered the competition because his English teacher made it a required part of her course. While Dylan entered the competition annually, he did not submit both prose and poetry until his

Meet Lynda LeVan: Our New Executive Director!

It’s an exciting time to be working at So Lit. With Young Southern Student Writers just around the corner, another Southbound event at the beginning of April, and some big plans for the summer and fall, we are busily preparing for a year of exciting, educational events! It’s all hands on deck in the So Lit offices, and we have some new hands to help us out! Yesterday, we “swore in” our new Executive Director Lynda LeVan. We could not be more excited to have a new ED! Lynda graduated from University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in Business Administration, focusing her studies towards marketing. She has spent the past 17 years working in nonprofit management and outreach. As an Exec

Howard Brown & The Beauty Of Capturing Small Moments

Howard Brown, one of our fabulous board members, is a published poet and storyteller! Recently, Howard’s poems “Obliquity,” “Rescued,” and “Bad Kitty” were included in the 81st edition of Burningword Journal in January! Our volunteer media coordinator David Haynes had the chance to sit down with Howard and discuss these poems and learn a little bit about Howard’s writing process! Howard began writing poetry in college, but never pursued publishing until his retirement in 2009. Brown recalls, “Practicing law was so intense, so writing was a way to relax.” Now, Howard has the time to reach out to publications and devote more time and energy to his craft. With Mary Oliver and David Whyte as key

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