Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Third Thursday Poetry Series


2021-2022 Schedule


August 26, 2021  Ken Autrey, Maria Kuznetsova, and Justin Gardiner
September 16, 2021 Chad Davidson
September 17, 2021 Workshop by Chad Davidson, OLLI at Auburn Annex, Time TBD
October 21, 2021

Witness Poetry Prize honoring Jake Adam York featuring Jericho Brown *Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

November 18, 2021 Tina Mozelle Braziel and Ashley M. Jones
January 20, 2022 Michael McFee
January 21, 2022    Workshop by Michael McFee, OLLI at Auburn Annex, Time TBD
February 17, 2022 Jessica Jacobs
March 17, 2022   Southern Humanities Review Spring Sessions Reading featuring Sanjena Sathian and Heather Christle
April 21, 2022 Reading by Auburn University Students
May 19, 2022 Reading by OLLI at Auburn Members


The Third Thursday Poetry Series at Pebble Hill is sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, Department of English, and Southern Humanities Review in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University; and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Chad Davidson holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from Cal State San Bernardino, the University of North Texas, and Binghamton University, respectively. He is currently a professor of English at the University of West Georgia. His poems and articles have appeared in AGNI, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Writer's Chronicle, and elsewhere. Awarded the Crab Orchard Prize in Poetry, Davidson has published several poetry collections including: Unearth (2020), From the Fire Hills (2014), The Last Predicta (2008) and Consolation Miracle (2003). His textbooks (coauthored with Gregory Fraser) include Analyze Anything: A Guide to Critical Reading and Writing and Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Arts and USA Artists. His poems have appeared in The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe New RepublicBuzzfeedThe Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library JournalColdfront, and the Academy of American Poets. His third collection of poetry, The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press), was published in April 2019 and was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry and winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is the Charles Howard Candlerl Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University and director of the Creative Writing Program.

Tina Mozelle Braziel, author of Known by Salt (Anhinga Press) and Rooted by Thirst (Porkbelly Press), has been awarded the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, an Alabama State Council on the Arts literary fellowship, the Magic City Poetry Festival’s first eco-poetry fellowship, and an artist residency at Hot Springs National Park.  Her work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Southern Humanities Review, Tampa Review, and other journals. She earned her MFA at the University of Oregon. She directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop for high school students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She and her husband, novelist James Braziel, live and write in a glass cabin that they are building by hand on Hydrangea Ridge.   

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University (FIU), where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including PoetryTupelo Quarterly, Prelude, Steel Toe Review, Poets Respond to Race Anthology, Night Owl, The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, pluck!, Fjords Review: Black American Edition, and PMSPoemMemoirStory (where her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016). She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She was an editor of PANK Magazine. Her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, was published by Hub City Press in January 2017, and it won the silver medal in poetry in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her second book, dark // thingwon the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. Her third collection, REPARATIONS NOW! is forthcoming in Fall 2021 from Hub City Press. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, board member of the Alabama Writers Cooperative and the Alabama Writers Forum, co-director of PEN Birmingham. She is on the Creative Writing Faculty of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Michael McFee has taught in the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1990. He is the author of eleven books of poetry—including five published by Carnegie Mellon University Press: We Were Once HereThat Was OasisShinemasterEarthly, and Colander. He has published two collections of essays, Appointed Rounds: Essays (Mercer University Press) and The Napkin Manuscripts: Selected Essays and an Interview (University of Tennessee Press). He has received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award from the Western North Carolina Historical Association. His work has appeared in USA Today, Newsday, The Faber Book of Movie Verse (1995), The Poetry Anthology 1912-2002 (2002), Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry (1994), and For a Living: The Poetry of Work (1995), as well as many poetry journals.  He has edited several poetry anthologies.

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), named one of Library Journal‘s Best Poetry Books of the year, winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University and the Goldie Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society, and a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell, American Fiction, Eric Hoffer, and Julie Suk Book Awards. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, was an Over the Rainbow selection by the American Library Association and a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Julie Suk Awards. Her chapbook In Whatever Light Left to Us was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. Jacobs holds an M.F.A. from Purdue University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of Sycamore Review, and a B.A. from Smith College. She serves as the Chapbook Editor of Beloit Poetry Journal and the Distinguished Poet of the Western Region for the Gilbert-Chappell Mentorship Series. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she has co-authored Write It!, a collection of writing prompts from Spruce Books, an imprint of Penguin/RandomHouse.

Sanjena Sathian was raised in Georgia by Indian immigrant parents.  She is the author of Gold Diggers (2021) with Penguin Press.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a former Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, Sathian has also worked as a journalist in San Francisco and in Mumbai.  Her award-winning short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Boulevard, Joyland, Salt hill, and The Master’s Review.  She’s written nonfiction for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more.

Heather Christle is the author of four poetry collections: The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books), The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books), What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press), and Heliopause (Wesleyan University Press). Her first work of nonfiction, The Crying Book, was published in 2019 by Catapult in the US and Hanser in Germany. It is also being translated into Dutch, Korean, Spanish, and Turkish, and adapted for radio by the BBC. The Trees The Trees, which won the Believer Poetry Award, was adapted into a ballet in a collaboration between the composer Kyle Vegter and the choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams. It premiered in 2019 at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Christle's poems have also appeared in The BelieverGrantaLondon Review of BooksThe New Yorker, and Poetry.  She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory College, and a contributing editor at jubilat


Last Updated: August 26, 2021