Student Winners of Graduate Writing Awards to Read, April 14

The University of Tennessee’s final Writers in the Library event of the academic year will feature readings by student winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards. Readings from the winning works will take place in the Hodges Library auditorium on Monday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Awards are made possible by the English Department through the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the long-time UT English professor and author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library also is named.

2014 winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards:

FICTION


First Prize: Genna Gazelka, for “As Chickadees Fall”
Second Prize: Michael Shou-Yung Shum, for “The Disappearance of Herman Grimes”
Third Prize: Katherine Ann Davis, “My Collector,” novel excerpt
Honorable Mention: Richard Hermes, “The Rubber Tapper’s Knife”

POETRY


First Prize: Jake Ward, for “Lucy Goes to the Hospital and never returns”
Second Prize: Ben McClendon, for “Habitat for Humanity” and other poems
Third Prize: Christian Anton Gerard, for “The Poet Thinking He’s Milton’s Adam,” and other poems

Honorable mentions:
Stephanie Dugger, for “Mid-August Meteor Shower, Vedauwoo, WY,” and other poems
Jonathan Brehm, for “I’m a Pigeon,” and other poems
Andrew Dillon, for “Viscosity” and other poems

First, second, and third place winners will read at the April 14 Writers in the Library event. Winners receive $500 for First Prize, $300 for Second Prize, and $100 for Third Prize in each category. This year’s judges were Dr. Martin Griffin for fiction and Dr. Kristi Maxwell for poetry.

The public is invited to join the university community for readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers.
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Surrealist Symposium, April 4-7

According to the painter Salvador Dalí, Surrealism sought to help us break free from the “shackles limiting our vision.” The spirit of this movement will be alive and well on the campus of the University of Tennessee this spring, through a Surrealist Symposium featuring world-class authors, scholars, translators, and poets, April 4–7.

The key day of the symposium is Monday, April 7, when a series of talks and readings on such topics as “Why Surrealism Matters” will be free and open to the public. Other events on Monday include a reception and book signing with authors and a Hodges Library display of rare surrealist works — along with a Dadaist field trip to UT’s well-loved Europa and the Bull fountain sculpture (that may or may not be a mock-academic hoax), and a surprise “reappearance” of the 19th-century poet Arthur Rimbaud. Note: Jackets and ties for men, hats for the women required for the field trip.

“Anyone with an interest in the wonderfully strange should attend,” said Marilyn Kallet, director of the Creative Writing Program at UT and organizer of the event. The event is sponsored by the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, the UT Office of Research and Engagement, and the University Libraries.

Highlights of the Symposium include:

  • Talks by some of the world’s foremost experts on Surrealist literature and art, including Mary Ann Caws and Mark Polizzotti, publications director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and author of Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton
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  • A Surrealist poetry reading featuring Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, and Bill Zavatsky, former Guggenheim Fellow and translator of French poetry
  • A special display of Surrealist art and rare books
  • A three-day Surrealist Film Fest featuring a wide range of films, from pioneering short films, animated and hard-to-find foreign films, and contemporary classics
  • For a full schedule of events and list of participants, visit tiny.utk.edu/surrealist.

    Patrick O’Keeffe at Writers in the Library, March 31

    Okeeffe_smallPatrick O’Keeffe will read from his new novel at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

    The Visitors, O’Keeffe’s lyrical first novel, set in America and Ireland, moves back and forth in time and place to weave the story of two Irish families forever linked by love, secrets, and their heritage. Illuminating the precarious balance of family intimacies and how stories can carry over from one generation to the next, The Visitors further delivers on the elegant prose and plotting that earned O’Keeffe critical acclaim for The Hill Road, his collection of four, connected novellas set in a fictional Irish dairy farming village.

    O’Keeffe himself was born on an Irish dairy farm in County Limerick. He has lived in the US for over twenty years — at first as an undocumented immigrant, before gaining his Green Card. He received a BA in English at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    He has taught at the University of Michigan, Colgate University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio University.

    O’Keeffe’s work has appeared in the Irish Times, Doubletake, and the Michigan Quarterly Review.

    The Hill Road was a Barnes and Noble Discovery selection and received the Story Prize for 2005. O’Keeffe has also received a Whiting Award for fiction writing.

    Read a review of The Visitors at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

    Patrick O’Keeffe’s reading was made possible by funding from UT’s Ready For The World international and intercultural initiative.
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    RB Morris to read poetry at Writers in the Library, March 3

    rbmorrisRB Morris will read from his new poetry collection at UT’s Writers in the Library Monday, March 3rd at 7 pm in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

    RB Morris is a Knoxville-based poet, singer, songwriter, musician, playwright, and actor. He is the author of the poetry collections Early Fires, Littoral Zone, The Man Upstairs, and, most recently, The Mockingbird Poems. Morris also wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Loony, a one-man play taken from the life and work of writer James Agee. In the 1980s Morris edited an arts and literary tabloid, Hard Knoxville Review, which attracted a following in this country and in Europe.

    As a musician, RB Morris has released the albums Take That Ride, Zeke and the Wheel, Empire, and Spies Lies and Burning Eyes. Many music journalists and magazines across the country reviewed Take That Ride as one of the Top 10 CDs of the year. Dave Marsh, of Rolling Stone, called it, “The kind of debut that makes you lust for a follow-up.” Zeke and the Wheel on Koch Records, which followed in 1999, was nominated for Americana CD of the Year by the American Federation of Independent Merchandisers.

    Lucinda Williams has called RB Morris “the greatest unknown songwriter in the country.” And Steve Earle says “RB Morris is the reason I started writing poetry.” Morris hails from Knoxville, Tennessee, and has traveled the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and in Europe.

    Morris served as the UT Libraries’ Writer-in-Residence from 2004 to 2008 and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.
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    “Sharecropper’s Son” John O. Hodges to Read at UT Library

    Hodges_Delta_smallJohn O. Hodges will read at UT’s Writers in the Library Monday, February 10th at 7 pm in the John C. Hodge’s Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

    John O. Hodges is a former UT faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies, and he served as chair of African and African-American Studies from 1997 to 2002. In his time at UT, Hodges has been recognized as an outstanding teacher by the UT National Alumni Association and has won several other awards, including the Lorayne Lester Award for distinguished service to the university. Hodge’s new book, Delta Fragments: The Recollections of a Sharecropper’s Son, details his experiences as a youth growing up in the Mississippi Delta during the 1950s and 1960s and places these moments in the context of larger themes, such as the civil rights movement and religion in the African-American community. Hodges has also published articles in such journals as The CLA Journal, The Langston Hughes Review, Soundings, and The Southern Quarterly.

    Hodges was born in the Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood, where he attended segregated schools and graduated as valedictorian from Broad Street High School in 1963. He won a full-tuition scholarship to attend Morehouse College, where he was an honor student and was selected as a Merrill Scholar to travel and study in Europe. As a student in Nantes, France, Hodges acted in plays and gained fluency in French. He received a Master’s degree in English from Atlanta University and a Master’s and PhD in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

    Before accepting his position at UT, Hodges taught in the English Department at Barat College, where he also served as Chair of African American Studies. Hodges has traveled throughout Europe and West Africa and has lectured on African American religion in China. He now lives in Knoxville with his wife Carolyn, who is Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at UT.
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    Jamie Quatro to read at UT library, Jan. 27

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    Jamie Quatro. Photo by Kristen Brock.

    Jamie Quatro will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, January 27th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

    In March 2013, Quatro’s debut story collection, I Want To Show You More (Grove Press), was released to critical acclaim: Dwight Garner of the New York Times calls it, “Subtle, sexy, and reflective.” The collection is a 2013 New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times, and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker. The collection is currently a finalist for the Georgia Townsend Fiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize.

    Quatro’s work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. A finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, she is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and in the forthcoming 9th edition of The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters).

    Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William & Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at Oxford American magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
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    Pamela Schoenewaldt at Writers in the Library, Nov. 11

    pamela3Pamela Schoenewaldt will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, November 11th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

    Pamela Schoenewaldt’s debut historical novel, When We Were Strangers (2011), was a USA Today Bestseller, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, and was short-listed for the Langham Prize in American Historical Fiction.

    Schoenewaldt’s new novel, Swimming in the Moon (2013), tells the story of fourteen-year-old Lucia and her mother Teresa, servants to a nobleman in the Bay of Naples, who together flee from turn-of-the-century Italy to escape punishment, arriving in Cleveland. There they must begin the struggle to make a new life for themselves. Immigration, opera, vaudeville, and the dramatic 1911 Cleveland Garment Workers Strike shape Lucia’s search for her own path as her mother’s mental health unravels.

    Schoenewaldt’s short fiction work has won the Chekhov Prize for Fiction, the Cascando Travel Writing Award, Tennessee Writers and Writers Words Awards, and many other honors.

    Schoenewaldt studied Renaissance drama at the University of Pennsylvania, attended film school at Temple University, and worked in Philadelphia and San Francisco as a prize-winning freelance professional writer. After meeting her husband, physicist Maurizio Conti, Schoenewaldt moved to a seaside town west of Naples for ten years of writing, translating, and absorbing the world and senses recreated in her novels. Her play, Espresso con mia madre (Espresso with my mother) was performed at Teatro Cilea in Naples. From 2001 to 2003, Schoenewaldt was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee Libraries, where she wrote her first novel.
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    For more on Pamela Schoenewaldt’s work, read reviews at 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 Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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    Jess Walter at Writers in the Library, Oct. 7

    Jess-Walter-smallJess Walter will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

    A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others. His most recent novel, the New York Times-bestseller Beautiful Ruins, has been hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction. Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

    Walter’s other publications include The Financial Lives of Poets, The Zero, Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, Over Tumbled Graves, and Every Knee Shall Bow (rereleased as Ruby Ridge). The Financial Lives of Poets was Time Magazine’s #2 novel of the year for 2009; The Zero was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and winner of the LA Times Book Prize; and Citizen Vince was winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best novel.

    Jess Walter lives with his wife Anne and children in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington.

    Students are invited to an informal chat with the author on Monday, October 7, 3:00–4:00 p.m., in 1210 McClung Tower.

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    Poet Edward Hirsch at Writers in the Library, Sept. 30

    Ed_Hirsch_2Poet Edward Hirsch will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium (1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN). The event is free and open to the public.

    Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published eight books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work. He has also written four prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller, and Poet’s Choice (2006), which is based on his columns for the Washington Post Book World. He edits the series “The Writer’s World” (Trinity University Press). He has edited Transforming Vision: Writers on Arts (1994), Theodore Roethke’s Selected Poems (2005) and To a Nightingale (2007), and co-edited A William Maxwell Portrait: Memories and Appreciations (2004) and The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (2008).

    Hirsch holds a B.A. from Grinnell College (1972) and a Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania (1979). He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and holds seven honorary degrees. He taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston for seventeen years and now serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

    • On Monday, September 30, Hirsch will offer a presentation for UT researchers on what makes a successful Guggenheim application, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Room 405 Tickle Engineering Building.

    • Students are invited to an informal chat with the author on Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 to noon, in 1210 McClung Tower.

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    Edward Hirsch’s visit is funded by the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program, and the UT Office of Research. Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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    Poets Jeff Hardin and Kali Meister at Writers in the Library, Sept. 23

    Hardin_smallPoets Jeff Hardin and Kali Meister will read from their works at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium (1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN). The event is free and open to the public.

    Jeff Hardin is the author of two books of poetry: Notes for a Praise Book (Jacar Press, 2012) and Fall Sanctuary (Story Line Press, 2004), and a recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. His chapbooks are Deep in the Shallows (GreenTower Press, 2002) and The Slow Hill Out (Pudding House, 2003). His poems have been featured in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. He is a professor of English at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee.

    Meister_smallKali Meister is an award-winning poet, actor, and filmmaker who served as the Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence of the UT Libraries, 2008–2009. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Her full-length play, After Autumn, was a finalist in the 2010 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights at the Barter Theatre. She is co-founder of She Wonder Production; its films have been selections of the Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival, the Secret City Film Festival, and the Knoxville Horror Film Fest. Meister teaches theater at Pellissippi State Community College and reading and writing at Roane State Community College.

    The poets will hold an informal chat with interested students, 3-4 p.m., Monday, September 23, in 1210 McClung Tower.

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