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: David James Poissant, Nov. 17

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poissantDavid James Poissant will read from his highly acclaimed short story collection, The Heaven of Animals, at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public. Prior to the reading, at 3 p.m., he will be available for a Q&A session for UT students and faculty in the Practice Presentation Room, 220 E in Hodges Library Commons North.

The Heaven of Animals was named one of the most anticipated books of 2014 by The Millions. In a starred review, Kirkus describes Poissant’s stories as “Rueful and kind, akin to both Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver in humane spirit and technical mastery.” Rebecca Lee of The New York Times Book Review touts the collection as “A wise debut . . . Beautiful, with a rogue touch,” and Karen Russell says of his writing, “Like Flannery O’Connor, Poissant’s stories are marked by violence, humor, and grace; like Saunders, he can spoon-bend reality; like Carver and Diaz, he writes scenes soaked in kerosene and seconds from combustion.”

David James Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic and Playboy magazines.

David James Poissant teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.

Read an excellent review of The Heaven of Animals at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).
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Keith Flynn and Joyce Jenkins at “Writers in the Library,” Oct. 27

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FlynnJenkinsPoets Keith Flynn and Joyce Jenkins will read from their works at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, October 27, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Keith Flynn is the founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, as well as the author of seven books, including five collections of poetry, most recently Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013). His essays on poetry are collected in The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer’s Digest Books, 2007). From 1984 to 1999, he was lyricist and lead singer for The Crystal Zoo; currently he tours with a combo, The Holy Men. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, and the 2013 NC Literary Fellowship, and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for North Carolina.

Joyce Jenkins is editor and Executive Director of Poetry Flash, California’s iconic online Literary Review and Calendar for the West (poetryflash.org), founded in 1972. Joyce began working with the magazine in 1978. Poetry Flash presents the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Northern California Book Awards, and Poetry Flash Reading Series. She is the author of Portal, a chapbook with an introduction by Carolyn Kizer, and Joy Road, and has read her poetry in the Bay Area and across the country. She received the AAUW Ruth Murray Jones Publishing Award in 1991, American Book Award in 1994, National Poetry Association’s 1995 Award for Distinguished Service, and the 2006 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement. On behalf of Poetry Flash, she received Litquake’s 2012 Barbary Coast Award. June 6, 2009 was named “Joyce Jenkins Day” by the City of Berkeley in honor of the Berkeley Poetry Festival lifetime achievement award.

At noon, the same day, Katherine Ann Davis, editor of UT’s Grist: The Journal for Writers, will join Flynn and Jenkins for an Editors’ Roundtable at 1210-1211 McClung Tower. They will discuss what editors are looking for when they read submissions — a great networking opportunity for writers who are trying to get published. Refreshments will be served.

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. Visit lib.utk.edu/writers for a schedule of readings for the 2014-2015 academic year.
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National Book Award nominee Elizabeth McCracken to read October 22

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McCrackenElizabeth McCracken will read from her latest short story collection, Thunderstruck & Other Stories, at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

McCracken is the author of five books, most recently Thunderstruck, currently on the long list for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction. Her other books include National Book Award finalist The Giant’s House and New York Times Book Review Notable Books An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination and Niagara Falls All Over Again. McCracken is currently James A. Michener Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thunderstruck is a collection of nine stories featuring a variety of eclectic characters, including a girl ghost, the human musical saw, and two three-legged dogs, among others. Publishers Weekly heralded the work as “mesmerizing and strange,” and commented that McCracken “transforms life’s dead ends into transformational visions.”

In addition to the reading, the author will participate in a Q&A discussion about her work at 3 p.m. in 1210 McClung Tower on October 22. The discussion is open to all UT students and faculty.

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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Amy Billone at WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY, Sept. 29

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Billone_smallAmy Billone will read from her new poetry collection at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Billone’s poetry collection, The Light Changes — named one of Kirkus Review‘s best books of 2013 — invokes the biographical and creative worlds of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sylvia Plath, and Virginia Woolf. Kirkus has called the book “thrilling in its courageousness, breathtaking in its vividness.” The Light Changes also won the IndieReader Discovery Award in Poetry in 2014.

Amy Billone is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches courses on 19th century literature, children’s and young adult literature, and world literature. Her areas of expertise include romanticism, children’s and young adult literature, Victorian poetry, gothic studies, creative writing, women writers, and continental poetry. Her scholarly book Little Songs: Women, Silence, and the Nineteenth-Century Sonnet (2007) is informed by her unique perspective as a woman poet. As the only extended study of 19th century female sonneteers, Little Songs sheds light on the overwhelming impact that silence makes, not only on British women’s poetry, but also on the development of modern poetry and thought. Amy Billone also wrote the introduction and notes for the Barnes and Noble Classics edition of Peter Pan (2005).
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B.J. (Bob) Leggett leads off “Writers in the Library”

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BJLeggett_smallAuthor B.J. Leggett will give the first “Writers in the Library” reading of the 2014-15 academic year. Leggett will read from his latest novel, Prosperity, on Monday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Prosperity tells the story of police lieutenant Robert O’Brian, who takes early retirement after being shot in a drug raid and returns to his hometown of Prosperity in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee to work on a second novel. But O’Brian’s plans are unexpectedly disrupted when he becomes involved in the investigation of the death of a high school friend.

B.J. (Bob) Leggett is professor emeritus at UT Knoxville, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor of Humanities. He is the author of numerous studies of modern poetry and criticism, including books on A. E. Housman, Philip Larkin, and Wallace Stevens. Prosperity is his second novel. The first, Playing Out the String, was published by Livingston Press in 2004.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Other authors scheduled to read this semester are, in order of appearance, Amy Billone, Elizabeth McCracken, Keith Flynn, Joyce Jenkins, and David James Poissant. For a schedule of upcoming readings and videos of past events, visit lib.utk.edu/writers.

The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. Writers in the Library events are emceed by the Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, Christopher Hebert.