Tennessee poet laureate to appear at library

By Staff Report Article posted on Mon. Feb. 11th, 2013

The Chattanooga Writers Guild is offering a chance to rub elbows with Tennessee's poet laureate at its next meeting, but Margaret Britton Vaughn's credits go far beyond couplets.

She is the author of 18 books and numerous plays. Her songs have been recorded by country artists ranging from Loretta Lynn to Charlie Louvin.

The Murfreesboro native wrote the official poems commemorating Tennessee's bicentennial and state quarter, as well as inauguration poems for Govs. Sundquist, Bredesen and Haslam. Her lifetime appointment as the state's poet laureate was conveyed in 1995.

Vaughn also penned the 50th anniversary commemorative poem for the U.S. Air Force, which was read into the Congressional Record.

She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies as well as national publications and articles, including Ted Turner's book about country music. A compilation of her original readings, "A Southern Voice," was highlighted by PBS in 2006.

She is the only poet ever to receive a Mark Twain Fellowship from Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, N.Y. She received the Governor's Award as an Outstanding Tennessean in 2003.

Her appearance is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. Admission is free.

For more information, visit ChattanoogaWritersGuild.org.

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