The University of Tennessee seeks candidates to serve as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence for the UT Libraries. The residency program is intended to provide a positive and encouraging environment for one Knoxville area writer. Space and equipment are made available to enhance the literary productivity of the incumbent. The Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence hosts the Writers in the Library reading series and takes part in other literary events at the University. A one-year residency is offered (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), with the possibility of renewal. This is not a University employment position. No state benefits, insurance, or compensation are provided.
• $8,000 stipend.
• Private office in the John C. Hodges Library, available for use during normal library hours.
• Library use privileges.
• Serve as the public face of the UT Libraries for various literary events.
• Consult with student writers as requested.
• Coordinate and host the Writers in the Library reading series, including recruiting authors to read from their works, with assistance from library staff and the UT Creative Writing Program. Library staff will provide support for clerical tasks, publicity, and venue arrangements for the series. Between the Creative Writing faculty and the Writer-in-Residence, the series arranges around 15 public readings per academic year.
• Prepare and distribute promotional materials.
• Introduce writers at each event.
• Manage the series’ social media accounts.
Interested writers should send:
• a letter of application describing how the candidate might curate the series
• a resume or CV highlighting publications and other writing accomplishments or honors
• one writing sample of no more than 10 pages
Margaret Lazarus Dean
Director, Creative Writing Program
301 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430
NO LATER THAN April 25, 2016. Applicants will be judged on quality of past work and prospects for future success. Candidates may be invited for a telephone or in-person interview. Preference will be given to published writers who are committed to a serious writing career.