See Seigenthaler’s Show Sunday


John Seigenthaler is a legend in Nashville, so it was a great honor for Doug Jones and me to be interviewed by him for his TV show, Word on Words, about books. The interview will be aired Sunday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Seigenthaler was publisher of the Tennessean during 1975 when Marcia Trimble disappeared. He remembers the search, the day her body was found, and the investigation that went on for years. To get a thumbs-up from him for A Season of Darkness meant a lot!


My day job is teaching English. Since 2002 I have served on the English faculty at Nashville State Community College, where I have taught courses in composition, literature, and creative writing. I am editor of the literary magazine, Tetrahedra. I earned my B.S. in Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received my M.A. in English from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, where the graduate program offered both creative thesis and scholarly thesis options. I submitted a creative thesis, a 90-page collection of stories entitled Listen to Me. Most of the stories have been published in literary journals and/or have received awards. My writing career spans three decades. My history of publication includes both fiction and nonfiction. I have published two novels and more than thirty stories and articles in literary journals, anthologies, and magazines. It was an honor for me when one of my stories appeared in HomeWorks in 1996. The anthology was a collection of works by Tennessee writers living at that time, including Alex Haley, Robert Penn Warren, and Peter Taylor. The highlight of my writing career occurred when I received the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Award in Fiction for 2006. Other writing achievements include the Leslie Garrett Fiction Prize awarded by the Knoxville Writers Guild, Tennessee Writers Alliance Short Story First Place Award, and the North Carolina Writers’ Workshop First Place Award in Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, I received a Pushcart nomination for my story, “Primates,” which was published in Bellevue Literary Review. My most recent award came from the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, the 2008 Creative Nonfiction First Place Award for my essay, “In the Car with Mother on Christmas Eve.” I am a founding member of the Tennessee Writers Alliance and served on its Board of Directors for ten years, including two terms as president and one as chair of the Board.

2 thoughts on “See Seigenthaler’s Show Sunday

  1. Linda Morrow Nowlin


    Congratulations! I loved your book. You did so much research to weave together all the details from over 30 years ago and you produced a real page turner. I treasure my special copy.

    Linda Nowlin

    • phyllisgobbell


      What a nice surprise, as I’m going through 300 spam messages, to see one from you! I’m glad you liked the book. I keep up with you through Nancy!


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