Christopher Hebert to be Writer-in-Residence at UT Libraries

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Hebert-smallChristopher Hebert will be Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries for the 2012-2013 academic year.

As Writer-in-Residence, Hebert will organize the Writers in the Library series, sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Department of English. Writers in the Libraries brings local, regional, and nationally-known authors to the John C. Hodges Library to read from their works.

Hebert teaches in UT’s Creative Writing Program. His first novel, The Boiling Season, was published by HarperCollins in 2012.

Hebert graduated from Antioch College, where he also worked at the Antioch Review. He earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, and was awarded its prestigious Hopwood Award for fiction. He has worked as an editor at the University of Michigan Press and as a research assistant to the author Susan Cheever.

As Writer-in-Residence, Hebert will have access to the resources of the UT Libraries and a quiet retreat in the Hodges Library to work on his next novel. His appointment begins August 1, 2012.

The position of Writer in Residence was established in 1998 and in 2005 was named in honor of the late Jack Reese, a former chancellor of the university, longtime UT English professor, and avid support of the UT Libraries and the local writing community.

For further information contact JoAnne Deeken, head of research and grants at the UT Libraries, at 865-974-4702 or

Student Winners of Graduate Writing Prizes to Read, April 16

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The final Writers in the Library event of the academic year will feature readings by student winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Prizes. Readings from the winning works will take place in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium on Monday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Prizes are made possible by the English Department through the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the same long-time UT English professor for whom UT’s main library is named. This year’s judges were humanities librarian Christopher Caldwell (Poetry) and award-winning novelist Jeanne McDonald (Fiction).

2012 winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Prizes:

First prize: Adam Prince, for “Bruises and Baby Teeth”
Second prize: Tawnysha Greene, “A House Made of Stars”
Third prize: Michael Levan, for “Stara Baba”

First prize: Michael Levan, for “I Lose More Each Day I Spend in This Town”
Second prize: Joshua Robbins, “Ars Poetica”
Third prize: Darren Jackson, “We Are Late to Love”
Honorable Mention: Anna Laura Reeve, “Another One of My Poems Bears”

Both first-place winners are already published and well-regarded authors.

Adam Prince’s first collection of stories, The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, will be published in May 2012 with Black Lawrence Press. Stories from the collection have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Narrative Magazine among others. Prince will receive his doctoral degree at the end of this school year and then serve as the 2012-2013 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School in Baltimore.

Michael Levan earned his MA from the University of North Texas and MFA in poetry from Western Michigan University. In May, he will receive his PhD in English and Creative Writing from UT. His work can be found in recent or forthcoming issues of Mid-American Review, Fifth Wednesday, Southern Indiana Review, New South, Harpur Palate, and Third Coast.

The public is invited to join the university community for readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers.

16th Century Bibles at UT Libraries

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A collection of rare pre-King James Bibles now resides at the UT, Knoxville Libraries. The rare Bibles once belonged to a noted Shakespeare scholar.

A little over a year ago, the UT Libraries was fortunate to acquire a collection of more than 300 early printed Bibles and other rare books from the collection of the late Naseeb Shaheen, professor of English at the University of Memphis for forty years. Shaheen was an internationally known authority on biblical allusions in Shakespeare’s plays. He assembled his collection of early printed Bibles to assure that he was working from the exact texts available to the Bard.

The centerpiece of the Shaheen Antiquarian Bible Collection is a group of about 100 English Bibles dating from the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century when the Christian scriptures were first translated into the vernacular languages of Europe. These early printed Bibles, along with psalters, prayer books and homilies; Greek and Latin Bibles; and early editions of literary works dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, form the core of the collection used by Shaheen in his studies of the Bible in literature.

Shaheen’s collection of pre-King James Bibles was one of the largest in the world. The Shaheen Antiquarian Bible Collection includes more than 60 examples of the Geneva Bible, the Scripture most often referenced in Shakespeare, as well as early printings of the so-called Great Bible, Bishops’ Bible, Matthew’s Bible, the Douay-Rheims Version, and the King James Bible.

These extraordinary artifacts are now available in UT’s Special Collections for reference by scholars of Shakespeare, the Bible, and Renaissance literature.

UT Library Helps Students “De-Stress” During Finals

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GraffitiWalk-smallIt’s almost time for final exams, and students are under a lot of stress. The UT libraries are trying to help students relax and recharge.

During final exams this Spring Semester, library-sponsored “De-Stress for Success” events will allow students to slow down, take a break from studying, and enjoy some free and fun activities.

A room stocked with games, sketch pads, and comics will provide a welcome diversion for students cramming for exams at the John C. Hodges Library. Those students who wish to express their angst in writing will be able to record their thoughts on the “graffiti walk,” a long sheet of butcher paper running the entire length of the library’s main hallway.

Massage-smallMassage therapists and therapy dogs will also be on hand at Hodges Library to help soothe frazzled nerves. The UT Libraries, the UT Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Graduate Student Senate are sponsoring these visits from the Knoxville Massage Therapy Center and HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee).

Students spend many hours in the library, so the UT Libraries has a unique opportunity to help students engage with campus life and forge the personal connections that are as essential to academic success as books and computers.

The finals week “De-Stress” events are sponsored by the UT Libraries, Office of Alumni Affairs, Graduate Student Senate, UT Parents Association, the School of Information Sciences, and Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee. An Ice Cream Social sponsored by SAIS (UT’s Student Assessment of Instruction System) will kick off the “De-Stress” events on Study Day.

If you would like to help sponsor the libraries’ “De-Stress for Success” events, contact Library Development at or 865-974-0055.

Ice Cream Social: Noon – 2 PM • Monday, April 30
Chair massages: 1-4 PM • Mon. April 30 – Fri. May 4 AND Mon. May 7
HABIT dogs: 5-7 PM, May 1, 3, 4, 7, & 8 • also 10 AM – Noon, May 3 & 7
WATCH FOR: Graffiti Walk • Break room with games, comics, sketch pads

Forum: The Future of Research Libraries

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Bernie Reilly, president of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), will lead a forum on the future of research collections in North America on Monday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. “The Center for Research Libraries Faces the Future” will address the role of the library in supporting research in the digital age.

As libraries move away from a focus on collections and ownership to one centered on access and connectivity, the role of the research library will change. Learn how this shift in focus will impact research libraries and the scholars they serve.

Reilly will draw on recent CRL studies of the production and distribution of electronic news and other forms of digital documentation in the realms of human rights, politics, and international trade.

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

Librarians and scholars are invited to participate in the forum.