Poets Jesse Graves and Don Johnson to Read, April 2

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Jesse Graves and Don Johnson will read their poetry at Writers in the Library on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium.

JesseGravesJesse Graves’ new collection of poems, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, won the 2012 Weatherford Award for Poetry from the Appalachian Studies Association. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Connecticut Review, The Texas Review and Still: The Journal, among other periodicals. He was co-editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry (2011) and editor of the forthcoming Robert Morgan Companion. His creative dissertation earned him a PhD in English from UT Knoxville. He teaches in the department of literature and language at East Tennessee State University.

DonJohnsonDon Johnson is a professor of English and poet-in-residence at East Tennessee State University. For sixteen years he served as general editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. Johnson is the author of The Sporting Muse (2004) and three books of poetry, The Importance of Visible Scars (1984), Watauga Drawdown (1991), and Here and Gone: New and Selected Poems (2008). He also edited Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves, a collection of modern and contemporary American poems about baseball (1992).

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@nullutk.edu), or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (dannymar@nullearthlink.net).

Hodges Library “Commons” to Undergo Major Renovation

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mediascapeThe popular Commons at the John C. Hodges Library will soon undergo a major renovation. The Commons, which encompasses the second floor of the library, features the latest technology, group study areas, an inviting setting, and round-the-clock hours that make it one of the most intensely used study spaces on campus.

Renovations will begin immediately following final exams for Spring Semester 2012 and continue for several months.

This major construction project on the busiest floor of the campus’s main library will inevitably entail some noise, dust, and temporary relocation of services. However, renovations will be done in stages for the least disruption.

The pay-off for some temporary inconvenience will be an updated facility that integrates the Studio and provides more group study spaces, more natural light, and new mediascape furniture (technology-enabled collaborative workspaces). Services will be better organized, grouping academic consulting in one area and all equipment checkout at a single service point. The Libraries’ Research Assistance desk will relocate to a highly visible spot just inside the main entrance to the library.

Watch for updates on the Commons construction project at conezone.utk.edu.

Trial access to RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals)

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We now have trial access to the music database, RIPM through EbscoHost. The trial will run through April 29. The Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM), 1800-1950 is the primary index to music periodicals and resources of the Romantic Era. To access the database, please follow the link, http://info.lib.utk.edu/news/eres/test/ .  Please take a look at the database and send feedback to Nathalie Hristov (mhristov@nullutk.edu) by April 29, 2012.

Edward Francisco & Linda Parsons Marion at Writers in the Library

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Authors Edward Francisco and Linda Parsons Marion will read at the March 12 Writers in the Library, 7 p.m. in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium.

EddieEdward Francisco is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and scholar. He is the author of two novels, Till Shadows Flee and The Dealmaker. His poetry collections include (Lie)fe Boat (winner of the 1995 Bluestone Press award); Death, Child, and Love (2000); The Alchemy of Words (one of Small Press Review’s Top Picks for 2007); and Hunting Keats (volume forthcoming from Birch Brook Press). Francisco was also principal editor of The South in Perspective, an anthology of Southern literature published by Prentice-Hall.

He is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, where he was recently voted Student Choice Teacher of the Year for the seventh time.

LindaLinda Parsons Marion is the author of three poetry collections, Home Fires (1997), Mother Land (2008), and Bound (2011). Her latest book, Bound, chronicles the work and fabric of five generations of a Tennessee family (Read more in the August 2011 Knoxville News Sentinel). She recently returned to her earliest literary enthusiasm, playwriting. In August 2011, the Knox County Public Library hosted a table reading of a new play, Decoration Day, featuring a plot that centers around a family cemetery (See the August 3, 2011 Metro Pulse story).

She has published in Shenandoah and Prairie Schooner among many other magazines, and is an editor at the University of Tennessee. She has twice won the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry and has received multiple other awards. For many years she served as poetry editor for Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine.

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@nullutk.edu), or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (dannymar@nullearthlink.net).