Student Winners of Graduate Writing Awards to Read, April 13

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:


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”


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.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Research online with library e-books

ebookDid you know that 80% of veterinary medicine books for Spring semester are available as e-books?  Have you looked at our online e-book collections in gardening, landscaping, cooking, and nutrition?

As Pendergrass Library temporarily relocates this summer and the physical collection is inaccessible, consider searching for e-books you might use for your research.

Just follow these steps to access an e-book, and download the step-by-step guide with images:

  1. Start by searching OneSearch for a topic of your choice.
  2. Choose to search UT Collections.
  3. Refine your results to Books & E-Books.
  4. Choose to display Online access only.
  5. Find the book you want to read.
  6. Click “View It” to see where your e-book is available.
  7. Click on the e-book website to access; you do not need a special e-book reader, just your computer.

Each e-book website will look slightly different, but all will allow you to read and navigate through e-books.

Having trouble accessing and reading an e-book?  Check out the Ebrary user guide or contact a subject librarian.

Love the Earth: Celebrate Earth Month


Do you want to promote sustainability and protect the environment?  Then volunteer and celebrate during UT’s Earth Month this April!  You can participate in the Sustainability Day of Service, learn how to “green” your spring cleaning, attend outdoor movie screenings, and more.

For more information, visit the Earth Month events schedule.  Earth Month is sponsored by the UT Office of Sustainability, which works to coordinate, manage, advise, and report on sustainable initiatives at UT.

2015 Earth Month Events:

April 7, noon-4pm, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: Green Cleaning Learn to make green, affordable cleaning products.
April 11, 8:30am-noon, @ University Center Sustainability Day of Service Help with gardening, litter cleanup, and more.
April 13, 10am-2pm, @ Community Action Committee Bldg. (247 Western Ave.) Energy Efficiency Fair 40+ exhibitors teach ways to save energy at home.
April 14, noon-4pm, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: Growing Green Learn to grow food in your dorm room or apartment.
April 16, 7pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Trashed Outdoor Movie Screening Learn about landscapes that have been converted to landfills.
April 18, 10am-6pm, @ World’s Fair Park Knoxville’s EarthFest Free, zero-waste event with food, fun, and entertainment.
April 20, 4-5pm, @ Hodges Library Room 220E Careers in Sustainability & the Environment UT Career Services explores environmentally-impactful careers.
April 21, noon-4om, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: The Classics Fun projects from hula hoops to t-shirt tote bags.
April 22, 11am-1pm, @ UT Gardens Earth Day & Environmental Leadership Luncheon Register to network with sustainability champions.
April 23, 11am-4pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Earth Day Celebration See local food vendors, artisans, and environmental organizations.
April 23, 7pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Bike-in Movie: The Lorax Enjoy an outdoor screening based on the popular Dr. Seuss book.
April 24, 5pm, @ World’s Fair Park Arbor Day & Volapalooza Concert featuring Lupe Fiasco with the Cold War Kids and the Bad Suns.
April 25, 2pm, @ Neyland Stadium Green Tailgate at the Orange & White Game Learn to make your gameday greener.
April 26, @ Neyland Stadium Neyland Clean-Up Help with stadium clean-up after the game.
April 27-28, 11am-5pm, @ Hodges Library Screenprinting Screenprint a t-shirt, laundry bag, or poster.


John Yau’s reading and lecture CANCELLED

***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.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Reserve Library Study Rooms — Remotely

For some time, students have been able to walk up to a group study room in Hodges Library and use the Room Wizard to immediately access the study space. Now students can reserve a group study in advance from wherever they happen to be, through the Libraries’ new online reservation system.

Group study rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors of Hodges Library and the group study in the Music Library are available for booking. Access the reservation system at A valid UT email address is required to confirm the booking.

Remote reservations must be made at least two hours in advance and can be made up to a month in advance. Reservations may be made for a maximum of two hours per day.

Students may still walk up to an empty study room displaying a green light and press the “Use Now” button for immediate access.

Self-reservations for study spaces in the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library are not available at this time. However, students may submit online requests at Pendergrass study room requests currently must be made 48 hours in advance.

New online exhibit: ‘Robert Frost on Chickens’

robert frost on chickens logo

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
– Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”

Robert Frost’s poetry is full of natural imagery. But did you know that Frost also took a more technical interest in agriculture? The National Agricultural Library’s online exhibit Frost on Chickens chronicles Frost’s experiences as a long-time poultry farmer.

Frost worked as a chicken farmer in Derry, New Hampshire, from 1900-1909 and published a dozen articles in trade journals The Eastern Poultryman and The Farm-Poultry. The digital exhibit includes copies of Frost’s publications and other articles on poultry farming.

Over 200 historical and 100 current articles on poultry farming were digitized for the online exhibit to give context to Frost’s articles and stories. Explore focused collections on Hen Houses, Backyard Chickens, Chicken Feed, Egg Production, and more.

Frost farmed “as a fugitive from the world… to save myself and fix myself before I measured myself against all creation.” Learn how Frost developed his poetic voice while working as a farmer.

Are you interested in chicken farming yourself?  Register for the Backyard Chicken Owners Seminar happening all day Saturday, May 8.  Topics include chicken feeding, disease, egg handling, and more.  The event will take place at Hollingsworth Auditorium, on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus, 2505 E. J. Chapman Dr., Knoxville, TN 37996.  Registration is required, and the cost is $38 for adults and $18 for children.  See the brochure for more information.

Get tech savvy during Social Media Week

social media week ut twitter logoFrom hashtags to likes, social media touches all aspects of our personal and professional lives.  Are you interested in learning more about how social media helps power business, recruiting, and branding at UT and beyond?

“The Power of Social Media” is the theme of Social Media Week 2015, to be held Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2.  Hosted by the College of Communication and Information (CCI), the week will include eight presentations, all of which will take place in the Scripps Lab in the Communications Building in Circle Park.  All events are open to the public and free of charge.

Social Media Week 2015
Scripps Lab in Communications Building

Monday, March 30
1:00-1:25 p.m. — Kickoff event with special proclamations from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek
1:30-3 p.m. — Social media power up: Understanding relationships and audiences

Tuesday, March 31
9:40-10:55 a.m. — Facebook for business: The story and the stats
11:15-12:25 p.m. — The power of social media in collegiate recruiting
2:10-3:25 p.m. — UT’s brand and the power of our social media voice

Wednesday, April 1
10:15-11:30 a.m. — A #VolForLife’s view on social media
11:45-1 p.m. — Becoming multimedia: The transformational power of social media
1:30-3 p.m. — The science of social media: Leverage the Internet to change your life and career

Thursday, April 2
9:40-10:55 a.m. — Do what you love: Social media from leisure to news
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Keynote luncheon with UT Head Football Coach Butch Jones (invitation only)

Novelist Shannon Burke at Writers in the Library April 6

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.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Student Art in the Library: vote for your favorite

Cast a vote for your favorite work of art.

Artworks selected for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition are ready for your critique. We want you to determine the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” by liking your favorite. Voting begins Friday, March 27, at

The Student Art in the Library competition, which was open to all currently enrolled UT students, drew entries from 46 artists. Almost 100 individual pieces were submitted. The selected artworks will remain on display at the gallery in the Miles Reading Room, 1st floor, Hodges Library, until April 24.

First-, second-, and third-place winners, as well as the People’s Choice, will be announced at a reception on Thursday, April 2, 4 p.m. in the Miles Reading Room. Cash awards will be presented.

Cast your vote! And join us at the reception April 2.

UT Research to host ‘Patent Essentials,’ March 27

utrf tech talksHave you ever had an idea you thought might have commercial potential?  If so, where do you start?  What resources are available at UT to help?

The UT Research Foundation (UTRF) provides knowledge and resources to help protect your intellectual property and take it to market.

To learn more, join UTRF this Friday, March 27, for ‘Patent Essentials.’  This free 90-minute seminar will dive into some important questions about intellectual property and how you and the university can benefit from commercialization efforts.  You will learn about the patent process and how it differs from trademarks and copyrights.

utrf incubator mapRegister for free for the morning session (9-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon session (1:30-3 p.m.).  The seminar will be held at the UTRF Business Incubator, 2450 E. J. Chapman Dr., on the Ag campus.

This event is part of UTRF Tech Talks, a series for the UT research community.  For more information, visit