Hear UT’s winning student writers

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Writers in the Library, a long-running reading series sponsored by the Libraries and the Creative Writing Program, showcases the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen. Each semester, Writers in the Library brings award-winning writers to the John C. Hodges Library to read from their works. The final event of each academic year is a reading by student winners of UT’s John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards.

The 2015 winners of the Writing Awards gave a reading in Hodges Library on April 13. The winning authors and works are:

FICTION
First Prize: Daniel Wallace for “The Hills Will Melt Like Wax”
Second Prize: Richard Hermes for “Until the New Season is Born”
Third Prize: Helen Stead for “Muleta”

POETRY
First Prize: Helen Stead for “Bangers and Mash”
Second Prize: Ben McClendon for “Hoping to Find Something Between”
Third Prize: Kierstyn Lamour for “What is There to Learn About a Man Leaving His Wife?”

View the April 13 readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers here.

The 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 is named. This year’s judges were B.J. Leggett for fiction and Flossie McNabb for poetry.

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Student Winners of Graduate Writing Awards to Read, April 13

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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 13, 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 is named.

2015 winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards:

FICTION



First Prize: Daniel Wallace for “The Hills Will Melt Like Wax”
Second Prize: Richard Hermes for “Until the New Season is Born”
Third Prize: Helen Stead for “Muleta”

POETRY



First Prize: Helen Stead for “Bangers and Mash”
Second Prize: Ben McClendon for “Hoping to Find Something Between”
Third Prize: Kierstyn Lamour for “What is There to Learn About a Man Leaving His Wife?”

This year’s judges were B.J. Leggett for fiction and Flossie McNabb for poetry.

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

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.
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John Yau’s reading and lecture CANCELLED

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***John Yau’s reading and lecture have been CANCELLED due to illness. Both events will be rescheduled for the 2015-2016 academic year.***

yauPoet and art critic John Yau will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to both read his poetry and deliver a lecture on art.

Yau will be the featured reader at “Writers in the Library” on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.

He will also deliver a public lecture as part of the School of Art’s VADSCO Lecture series on Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium, 109 Art & Architecture Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher, and freelance curator. Yau’s poetry collections include Corpse and Mirror (1983) (selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series), Edificio Sayonara (1992), Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Paradiso Diaspora (2006), Exhibits (2010), and Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012).

Yau has received numerous awards, including the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the American Poetry Review Jerome Shestack Award, an NEA fellowship, two Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowships, and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Yau’s most recent book-length work of art criticism is the essay collection A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns. His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2012 he started the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend with three other writers.

He has collaborated with many artists, including Norman Bluhm, Ed Paschke, Peter Saul, Pat Steir, Jürgen Partenheimer, and Norbert Prangenberg on exhibitions appearing in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City: the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia.

Yau is currently associate professor in critical studies at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.
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Novelist Shannon Burke at Writers in the Library April 6

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Burke_smallNovelist Shannon Burke will read at “Writers in the Library” Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Burke’s latest novel, Into the Savage Country (2015), is a historical adventure set in the American West of the 1820s — at once a tale of complex friendships, a love story, and a panoramic retelling of a crucial moment in American history. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “a masterpiece of historical accuracy and exciting storytelling” and raves that it’s “a raucous tale of a young man’s dream colliding with reality.”

Before moving to Knoxville, where he currently works as a screenwriter, Shannon Burke was a New York-based paramedic, a milieu that informed the author’s two previous novels, Safelight (2005), a love story between a disaffected paramedic and a professional fencer with HIV; and Black Flies (2008), a New York Times Notable Book, which the author is working to adapt for television.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.
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Poets Charlotte Pence and Bradford Tice to read March 30

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PenceTiceTwo distinguished alumni of UT’s English department will read at “Writers in the Library” Monday, March 30. Charlotte Pence and Brad Tice will read their poetry at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Charlotte Pence is an award-winning poet and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics. Her new full-length collection, Many Small Fires, explores her father’s chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the psychological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities and households. She is also a professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Illinois University.

Bradford Tice is the author of two books of poetry: Rare Earth (New Rivers Press, 2013) which was named the winner of the 2011 Many Voices Project, and What the Night Numbered (forthcoming, 2015), winner of the 2014 Trio Award. He currently teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.

Read a review of Pence’s Many Small Fires at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.
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Poet and Activist Cameron Conaway at “Writers in the Library” March 2

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***Cameron Conaway’s 7 p.m. reading has been CANCELED due to a grounded flight. However, the “Poetry & Modern Masculinity” Nosh ‘n Chat will go forward, 2 p.m., March 2, 1210 McClung Tower.***

ConawayDillonCameron Conaway, whose activism is as well known as his writing, will read at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Conaway is the author of five books, including Malaria Poems (Michigan State University Press) and Chittagong: Poems & Essays (Iris Press). He recently received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Conflict Reporting to do more malaria research in India. His international investigations into the horrors of child slavery have shaped current language on the issue.

In addition to poetry and activism, Conaway has also had a career in MMA cage-fighting, and he also teaches creative writing at Penn State Brandywine. He currently serves on the editorial board at Slavery Today: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions.

Conaway will also co-host a Nosh ‘n Chat titled Poetry & Modern Masculinity: Collisions with UT alum Andrew P. Dillon at 2 p.m. in 1210-1211 McClung Tower. Dillon is a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s MFA class. His poetry has appeared recently in One Trick Pony Review, The Burlesque Press Variety Show and Connotation Press.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

Christopher Hebert, the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, emcees Writers in the Library events. Hebert and Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, have lined up an exceptional group of authors to read in the 2014–2015 academic year. Visit lib.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule.
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Adam Ross reading rescheduled for Mon., Feb. 23

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AdamRossAdam Ross, celebrated novelist and short story writer, will read from his work on February 23 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series.

The reading will be in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Adam Ross’s debut novel, Mr. Peanut, a 2010 New York Times Notable Book, was also named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic, and The Economist. It has been published in sixteen countries. Ladies and Gentlemen, his short story collection, was included in Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2011 and included “In the Basement,” a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Award.

Ross was a 2013–2014 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction at The American Academy in Berlin for the fall of 2014. He is currently serving as the English Department’s Visiting Writer at the University of Tennessee.

Read about Adam Ross’s forthcoming novel at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

For more information about Adam Ross, visit adam-ross.com.
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Patricia Waters to read poetry at Hodges Library, Feb. 9

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FallenAttitudesFormer UT Libraries Writer-in-Residence Patricia Waters will be back in the library next week to read from her work. The campus is invited to a poetry reading and discussion with Waters on Monday, February 9, at 6 p.m. in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.

Waters is the author of two books of poetry, The Ordinary Sublime (2006) and Fallen Attitudes (2014), both from Anhinga Press.

According to Waters, the year she spent as Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries gave her time to gather the work for her first book.

Waters in currently assistant professor of English at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.




UT alums to read their poetry at “Writers in the Library” February 2

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Heather Dobbins and Christian Anton Gerard will return to UT to read from their debut collections at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, February 2, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

heather-dobbins-author-picDobbins graduated from the UT College Scholars program. She has since earned graduate degrees in California and Vermont and has had her poems published in TriQuarterly Review, Raleigh Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut collection of poems is In the Low Houses (Kelsay Press, 2014).

gerard_picChristian Anton Gerard received his PhD in English from UT. He is now an assistant professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the 2013 Iron Horse Literary Review‘s Discovered Voices Award. His debut collection of poems is Wilmot Here, Collect for Stella (WordTech, CW Books, 2014).

Read excerpts from In the Low Houses and Wilmot Here, Collect for Stella on Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

Christopher Hebert, the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, emcees Writers in the Library events. Hebert and Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, have lined up an exceptional group of authors to read in the 2014–2015 academic year. Visit lib.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule.
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Novelist Jonathan Miles at “Writers in the Library” January 26

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JonathanMiles-2Novelist Jonathan Miles will read from his recent work at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Miles’s most recent novel, Want Not, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book for 2013, a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013 and a Washington Post Notable Fiction of 2013 selection. Dear American Airlines was selected as a Best Book of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times in 2008. Dave Eggars said in The New York Times Book Review of Want Not, “Jonathan Miles can write, and here he’s written a wonderful book, and there’s no one I would not urge to read it.”

In addition to his novels, Miles has also written a regular column on a variety of subjects — from books to cocktails — for Men’s Journal, Field & Stream, and the New York Times, while also contributing to publications such as GQ, Food & Wine, Outside, Salon.com, the New York Observer, the New York Times Book Review, and many more.

Miles will also be joined by his agent, Sloan Harris of ICM Partners, for a Q&A discussion at 3:30 p.m., January 26, in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.

Read an interview with Jonathan Miles at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Christopher Hebert, the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, emcees Writers in the Library events. Hebert and Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, have lined up an exceptional group of authors to read this spring semester. Visit lib.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule.
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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT 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@nullutk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@nullutk.edu).

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