Power in the Connection: A Conversation with Annie Downs
by Anne Charlton
Annie Downs has told stories all her life but never dreamed she could turn writing into a career. When she moved to Nashville, its community of people pursuing creative dreams helped her to follow her own. A faith-based writer, Annie writes mainly for teen Christian girls, but because it is saturated with honesty, wit and wisdom, her writing influences a wide audience. Annie maintains a blog and has published two books, Perfectly Unique and Speak Love, with another book for adults to be published in 2014. She also travels often, speaking at conferences and events.
A longtime reader of her blog, I met Annie one morning for coffee…
NR Spotlight: East Side Story
by Claire Jimenez and Anne Charlton
Settled in a city famous for its music, a small organization with the goal of promoting Nashville’s literary scene seeks to give writers and readers a place to come together. This is East Side Story—more an idea than a business, more a network than a building.
East Side Story’s proprietor, Chuck Beard, hails from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Though he spent time in central Kentucky, attending Centre College, Beard claims the Nashville area as his “cultural and entertainment education.” East Side Story began when Chuck entered an idea into a contest…
Nashville Review is proud to share the following short stories written by Nashville teenagers Rin Willocks and George Foster-Williams. Rin and George participated in a two month long weekly fiction workshop taught by NR’s Claire Jimenez.
by Rin Willocks
It was freshman year, my very first day of high school. I pressed myself into an old writing desk in Mr. Copper’s room first thing in the morning getting ready to suck at Spanish. The night before, I had decided to wear my favorite shirt. I had bought it on a white water rafting trip the previous summer. It was tie dye with a rainbow peace sign; the words “Peace, Love, and Paddle” danced on it in bold letters.
Here I am, sitting in front of Principal Karen again, getting one of her famous “You know better” lectures. She’s redder than usual. I must have did it now.
“What am I going to do with you, Gregory?”
“You tell me, Principal Karen.”
“You’re not a bad student by a long shot, you’re one of the top students in the whole 7th grade, you join organizations, why are you – “