Spilling the Tea: Q & A

Sybil Baker, a writer and professor of creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Brynija Loyd, an incoming freshman at UTC and aspiring writer, have an interesting relationship.

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Southern Whimsy

In her studio at Warehouse Row, I watch local artist Ashley Folkner’s paint-stained hands work tirelessly on hundreds of individually crafted paper leaves for an upcoming installation.

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A Woman's Home is Her Castle

The South can be envisioned as a flipping coin. The sides are vying to come out on top, and the tension between the opposing sides embodies the South’s search for its identity.

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Southern Rock

Southern rock lured me to Chattanooga. Not music, though the town is renowned for its variety of festivals and venues, but the literal, physical, geologic rock.

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Nurturing New Beginnings

Mutt is an unfortunately named 70-pound, dusty brown, blue-eyed dog. He struggles against me while searching for a way out of the tub, splashing soapy water onto my red shirt.

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At the Heart of the Bend

Still in her novelty nun costume, the activity therapist stuffs her oversized cross into her pocket to better hold her clipboard, as she asks her patients her usual round of orienting questions: “Do you know where you are?”

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St. Vincent Island

A person doesn’t need to travel to the other side of the world to be in an amazing place. For my dad, St. Vincent Island is another world, although it’s only a three-hour-away drive away from his house in Alabama.

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