Dr. Terry Barr, professor of English at Presbyterian College recently had his collection of essays “Don’t Date Baptists and Other Warnings from My Alabama Mother” published.
The new edition, published by Third Lung Press in Hickory, N.C., contains a new chapter, family photos, and a hand drawn map of Bessemer, Ala., drawn by Barr’s daughter Layla, a 2016 graduate of the College.
Barr’s book explores the town of Bessemer Ala., in the 1960s and ’70s from the eyes of a boy who grew up there, struggling to understand the divide between race, class, religion, and neighborhood anxiety.
“Each story is the product of a single or central figure who either fascinated me or in some cases whom I hurt or attempted to avoid,” Barr said. “And there are some happy times too, but I tend not to remember those as well as the others.”
Barr’s work has recently been published in such journals as “3288 Review,” “Longshot Island Press,” “EMRYS Journal,” “Wraparound South,” and “Eyedrum Periodically.” In addition, he has had work appear in “The Museum of Americana,” “Blue Lyra Review,” “Steel Toe Review,” “Belle Reve Literary Journal,” and “South Writ Large,” among others. His essay ‘A Big-Ass Pot of Blended Soup” was nominated by “Red Truck Review” for the Best of the Net Award in 2015.
Barr is currently working on a second collection of essays.
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