Poet Melissa Range at Writers in the Library, Nov. 7

MelissaRange2Melissa Range will read from her poetry at Writers in the Library, 7 p.m., Monday, November 7, in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium.

Melissa Range’s first book of poems, Horse and Rider, Texas Tech University Press, won the 2010 Walt McDonald First-Book Series Prize in Poetry. She has published in The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, Image, and The Paris Review and in the anthologies Best Spiritual Writing 2011 and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Contemporary Appalachia. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Discovery/The Nation prize, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English and creative writing at the University of Missouri.

Read her poem “New Heavens, New Earth” on Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Department of English. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (dannymar@earthlink.net).

Historic Tennessee football programs: online!

footballVolunteer football programs from past years are now online. The Tennessee Football Programs are among the digital collections available on the UT Knoxville Libraries website at www.lib.utk.edu/digitalcollections.

The collection includes programs and guides for home games and postseason games. Visitors to the website can browse by Year, Coach, Guides, or Postseason.

The Tennessee Volunteers have one of the most storied histories in college football and some of the most colorful traditions to match. Over the years, Volunteer football has been host to thrilling victories, crushing defeats, influential coaches, dedicated players, and enthusiastic fans.

The football programs are packed with stories and facts. In the October 25, 2008 program, for instance, fans can read about the Tennessee vs. Alabama rivalry, retired Volunteer jerseys, and Smokey’s lineage and adventures (Smokey II survived both a dognapping and a confrontation with the Baylor Bear).

The University Archives at the UT Knoxville Libraries holds a nearly complete collection of Volunteer football programs going back to 1930, as well as a smattering of programs dating from 1904 to 1929. The library is scanning and uploading the programs in reverse order. To date, 246 programs (some 32,000 pages) going back to 1975 are available online.

If you have an old football program among your personal mementoes that fills a gap in the Libraries’ collection, the University Archives would love to borrow and scan your treasure. (Contact University Archivist Alesha Shumar, ashumar@utk.edu, 865-974-9427.)

The UT Knoxville Libraries digitizes unique local resources and makes them openly available on the web. University Archives collections documenting campus life that are accessible online include Volunteer yearbooks, Tennessee Alumnus magazine, programs from UT Commencements, and The Phoenix literary arts magazine. Visit www.lib.utk.edu/digitalcollections to view the Libraries’ growing catalog of digital collections.

Open Access Videos and How to Support OA

Learn more about OA: Short Videos by Stefan Buddenbohm

I.  Go OA: What is Open Access?

II.GO OA: What Rights do Scholars and Scientists Have?

III. GO OA: Who’s Got Access to Scholarly Information?

IV: GO OA: Academics for Sale?

What Can STUDENTS Do to Support OA?

Students: sign the Individual Statement on the Right to Research: the UT SGA has already signed it!  Add your voice by also signing as an individual.

Watch the Winning video at UT Knoxville to the 2009 Sparky Video Contest at UT: Push Blue to Red

What Can FACULTY Do to support OA?

Publish your work in an OA journal — need funding?  Use the UT Open Publishing Support Fund

For More information about copyright and open access, the UT Libraries Guide is always available:   Your Copyright and Open Access

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Open Access Week 2012 is Oct 22-5.:  Set the Default to Open Access

A global event, now in its 6th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

Blas Falconer, award-winning poet, to read Oct. 24

BlasFalconerPoet Blas Falconer will read his work at Writers in the Library on Monday, October 24, 7 p.m. at the UT Hodges Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

In his latest book of poems, A Question of Gravity and Light, Falconer uses the metaphor of “crossings” to tie together poems in free verse and traditional poetic forms. The jacket notes for A Question of Gravity and Light describe his “delicacy of his touch, never obvious or heavy-handed. As a gay man who embraces his Puerto Rican heritage, Falconer stands at an edge of American society, and there is the tension of borders in his work: borders between peoples and nations as well as the less visible, more porous and deceptive borders between family members and lovers. There is not one point of view in these poems but many.”

Falconer is also the author of a poetry chapbook, The Perfect Hour, and co-editor of two anthologies, Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets and The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity, a forthcoming collection of essays on contemporary Latino poetry. (Read a review of The Other Latin@ on CHAPTER 16: A COMMUNITY OF TENNESSEE WRITERS, READERS & PASSERSBY: www.chapter16.org/content/diversity-within-diversity.

His honors include the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, the New Delta Review Eyster Prize for Poetry, the Barthelme Fellowship, and a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship.

Falconer is associate professor of Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University and poetry editor of Zone 3 Press and the literary journal, Zone 3.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Department of English. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (dannymar@earthlink.net).

National Day on Writing, Oct. 20

NDOWExpress yourself! The National Day on Writing is Thursday, Oct. 20. Stop by the Hodges Library (Melrose entrance), 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., to tweet “Why I Write,” post to the National Day on Writing Facebook page, browse student-written publications, or create a postcard about writing (English 103 and 104 students get credit for doing this).

The National Day on Writing (www.ncte.org/dayonwriting), established in 2009 by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) celebrates composition in all forms and demonstrates how writing is a vital part of our everyday lives.
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UTK’s 2011 National Day on Writing events are sponsored by the University Libraries, the First-Year Composition Program, and the Writing Center.

Digital Publishing, Tenure, and Open Access

DigPubModelsDigital Publishing Models: Faculty Experiences, Tenure, and Open Access” is an open forum to discuss new publishing models and tenure.

The forum will feature remarks from Dr. Sarah Gardial, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Dr. Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries; and faculty authors who have experience with innovative publishing models. A question and answer session will follow their brief remarks.

Please join the discussion:
Wednesday, October 26th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Mary E. Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library

Light refreshments will be served.

Author-Panelists: Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen, Retail, Hospitality, & Tourism Management; Dr. Benjamin M. Fitzpatrick, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Dr. Michael M. Fry, Pathobiology / Veterinary Medicine; and Dr. Mark Harmon, Journalism and Electronic Media

Please direct questions or comments to: Rachel Radom (rradom@utk.edu) or Peter Fernandez (pfernand@utk.edu).

Author of “Bloodroot” will read at UT Libraries

AmyGreene2Novelist Amy Greene will read at Writers in the Library on Monday, October 17, at 7 p.m., in the University of Tennessee’s John C. Hodges Library Auditorium. Her debut novel, Bloodroot, a family saga set in the Smoky Mountains, has been called a “spot-on account of a land and its people — with its old-fashioned Scots-Irish dialect and its close-knit communities, its homespun Christianity and its folk remedies.” The story is narrated by different members of the Lamb family and follows the family’s history from the Great Depression to the present, telling a “dark and riveting story of the legacies — of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss — that haunt one family across the generations.”

Bloodroot has received numerous recognitions, including Booklist‘s Top 10 Debut Novels, the Best Debut Fiction list from Kirkus Reviews, and the Weatherford Award for fiction from the Appalachian Studies Association. Her second novel, Long Man, is forthcoming from Knopf.

Amy Greene was born and raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program of the UT Department of English. This reading is also sponsored by UT’s Ready For The World initiative and the UT Commission for Women.

For more information, contact Margaret Lazarus Dean, University of Tennessee Department of English, mdean4@utk.edu.

Newfound Press Publishes 17th c. German Picaresque Novels

BirdsNestThe University of Tennessee Libraries’ Newfound Press has published English language editions of two works from the 17th century picaresque novels of Hans Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen. The Wondrous Bird’s Nest I, translated from the German by Robert L. Hiller and John C. Osborne, is an adaptation of the 1672 Das wunderbarliche Vogelsnest. The Wondrous Bird’s Nest II, translated by John C. Osborne, brings the second part (1675) of Grimmelshausen’s tale to the English reader.

Picaresque novels follow a rogue or naïf hero through fortunes and misfortunes, combining adventurous episodes with moral admonitions. More than an aimless tale of worldly adventures or mere social satire, The Wondrous Bird’s Nest I follows the narrator-hero’s inner journey to self-awareness and humility before God.

The hero, Michael, possesses an enchanted bird’s nest that makes the owner invisible, allowing him to observe actions and misdeeds that are hidden from others. Michael first lashes out in anger at miscreants then, motivated by a sense of justice, attempts to reward good and punish evil deeds –- all the while accidentally and thoughtlessly doing harm to others. Eventually, he realizes that there is a difference between man’s justice and God’s; only God can pass judgment. Michael casts away the bird’s nest and submits to God’s will.

At the end of Bird’s Nest I, the miraculous bird’s nest that Michael has torn into seventeen-hundred pieces is gathered by an army of industrious ants and reconstituted by a sorcerer. The nest falls into the hands of an extremely wealthy merchant who, in The Wondrous Bird’s Nest II, uses its powers to commit even greater wrongdoings than the feckless Michael.

Newfound Press earlier published Osborne’s translation of the first work in Grimmelshausen’s cycle of picaresque novels, Simplicissimus, long acclaimed as the first great German novel. Osborne’s translation, which won a University of Colorado Kayden Award for best literary translation of the year, has been praised for its deft mimicry of the complexity and exuberance of the 17th century original.

Hiller and Osborne published English translations of the second and third novels as The Runagate Courage (University of Nebraska Press, 1965) and The Singular Life Story of Heedless Hopalong (Wayne State University Press, 1981). With The Wondrous Bird’s Nest, they completed their translation of the five novels in the Simplician cycle.

Robert L. Hiller and John C. Osborne, both now deceased, were formerly professors of German at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.