Earl Sherman Braggs, UC Foundation and Herman H. Battle Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is the author of Hat Dancer Blue, winner of the 1992 Anhinga Poetry Prize (selected by Marvin Bell), Walking Back from Woodstock, House on Fontanka, Crossing Tecumseh Street, In Which Language Do I Keep Silent and Younger than Neil. “After Allyson,” a chapter from his yet to be published novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac, won the 1995 Jack Kerouac Literary Prize. Other awards include Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant and a Chattanooga Allied Arts Individual Artist Grant. Supported by Summer Fellowships from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he has traveled and written in Russia, Ukraine, France and Spain. Braggs is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina.