Jesse Graves

The Beat

Aug 4 2021 • 5 mins

Jesse Graves is a Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at East Tennessee State University. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, and other literary magazines and anthologies. He has published four books of poetry and his book Said-Songs: Essays on Poetry and Place is forthcoming from Mercer University Press in 2022. Graves received his PhD in English from the University of Tennessee and his MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. He has won the Book of the Year in Poetry Award from the Appalachian Writers’ Association and the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing.


Read "In a Familiar City" and "Sage Grass Brushing Against My Shins"

Jesse Graves’ website

Interview with Linda Parsons at Chapter 16

YouTube reading through West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program Summer Reading Series

A collection of Jesse Grave’s poems available online

Poet-to-Poet Interview: A Conversation with Jesse Graves and Rita Sims Quillen, hosted by Johnson City Public Library