Writers in the Library hosts local poets Judy Loest and Linda Parsons Marion on Monday, March 24. Readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium.
Born in Snowflake, Virginia, Judy Loest earned her Master’s Degree in English from the University of Tennessee in 1998. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies and on buses and subways in St. Paul/Minneapolis as part of The Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion program. She is editor of Knoxville Bound, a literary anthology inspired by Knoxville, and a poetry chapbook, After Appalachia, published in 2007 by Finishing Line Press in Kentucky.
Linda Parsons Marion writes of home and the earth it’s built on. Through poems of childhood and gardening, she sings and grieves for the lost and the found in her life, for the many struggles and failings of the human heart. She is the poetry editor of Now & Then magazine and has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and literary fellowships from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Marion is the author of poetry collections Home Fires and the newly published Mother Land. Her poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Asheville Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, among others. She is an editor at the University of Tennessee and lives and gardens in North Hills with her husband, poet Jeff Daniel Marion.
The Writers in the Library series is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program of the UT English Department. For further information, please contact Jo Anne Deeken, head of technical services, UT Libraries, at 974-6905 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or R.B. Morris, Jack E. Reese writer in residence, UT Libraries, at 974-3004 or email@example.com.