Vive la Poesie! French-flavored Poetry at Hodges Library

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Writers in the Library will feature poetry with a French flavor on Wednesday, October 5. Poets reading from their works at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium on the UT campus will include J. Bradford Anderson, Darren Jackson, Marilyn Kallet, and Rose Becallo Raney. A mystery guest will open the show. Following the readings, French snacks will be on offer in the Mary Greer Room (next to Starbucks).

J. Bradford Anderson studied at the Sorbonne and received his PhD in comparative literature from Yale University. He translated Alexander von Humboldt’s Political Essay on the Island of Cuba (University of Chicago Press, 2011). His translations of Chantal Bizzini’s poetry have appeared in Two Lines: A Journal of Translation, and he is currently translating the poems of Georges Schehadé, the Franco-Lebanese writer.

Darren Jackson, editor of Grist: The Journal for Writers, is a doctoral student in poetry at UT Knoxville. His poetry has appeared in the journals Smartish Pace, Iron Horse, and Terrain, among others. His essay on translating Michaux’s La vie dans les plis was published by Public Republic. He is currently co-translating Chantal Bizzini’s poetry.

Marilyn Kallet is the director of UT’s Creative Writing Program and the author of 15 books, including Packing Light: New and Selected Poems. Her PhD is in comparative literature from Rutgers. She also studied at the Sorbonne, and her translations from the French include The Big Game, by Benjamin Péret, and Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard, from Black Widow Press.

Rose Becallo Raney is a science and technical writer who has won the Tennessee Writers Alliance prize in poetry. She received her MA in creative writing/poetry at UT.

The readers are all past participants in the “O Taste and See” poetry workshop taught by Marilyn Kallet for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, in Auvillar, France.

Read what Marilyn Kallet says about the art of translation on CHAPTER 16: A COMMUNITY OF TENNESSEE WRITERS, READERS & PASSERBY:

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program of the University of Tennessee English Department in association with the UT Libraries.

For more information, contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program,

Library Announces New Administrative Positions

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RitaSmithSandyLeachTwo library faculty have assumed new positions within the University of Tennessee Libraries. Dean of Libraries Steven Escar Smith announces the following reorganization of the library’s administrative suite.

Rita Smith is now Executive Associate Dean of Libraries. Her new portfolio includes responsibility for the dean’s office staff, communications, human resources, the business office, library facilities, integrated user services (including the Commons), assessment, research and grants.

Sandra Leach is the new Associate Dean for Collections. She heads technical services, collections, resource sharing and document delivery – and continues to oversee the branch libraries.

National Book Award winning poet Terrance Hayes to read at UT Library

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TerranceHayesNational Book Award winner Terrance Hayes will delight Knoxville audiences with his poetry on Wednesday, September 21, 7 p.m., in the Hodges Library Auditorium. Hayes is known for his jazz-blues-infused urban riffs, for his agile and elegant verses, especially in Lighthead, which was honored by the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010.

Hayes will also offer an informal author chat, September 21, 3-4 p.m., 1210-1211 McClung Tower.

Terrrance Hayes is the author of four books of poems, including Lighthead; Wind in a Box; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series; Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His work has won two Pushcart Prizes, and he has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Foundation grant. He has been featured on Jim Lehrer’s PBS News Hour.

He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University.

Both the reading and the informal chat are free and open to the public. Seating is limited — arrive early!

The events are sponsored by the University of Tennessee Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, College of Arts & Sciences Haines-Morris Endowment Fund, Africana Studies, and Writers in the Library.

For more information, contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program,