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Writers in the Library Series to begin Monday, September 19

Series begins with singer-songwriter poets Ron and Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead

Writers in the Library begins its 6th season this year with a performance by authors and singer-songwriting couple Ron and Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead. The first event of the season will be held on Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library and is free and open to the public.

To see Ron and Sarah Elizabeth perform, you get an unbelievable breadth of literary and musical expression,” RB Morris, UT Libraries Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence, said. “Their work is utterly authentic and reaches from the grassroots sentiments of their home in rural Kentucky to something reminiscent of the Beat writers and Hunter Thompson,” Morris said.

Author, editor and professor Ron Whitehead has been nominated for both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. He most recently released a new CD, Closing Time, as well as a new book, The Third Testament: Three Gospels of Peace. Singer, musician, and author Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead has performed and published in both the US and abroad. She has a new album out called When the Redbuds Bloom. Together, the Whiteheads tour internationally.

For more details about Writers in the Library, visit their Web site.

All Writers in the Library events are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library on the UT Campus. Other Writers in the Library events for this year include poets Charlotte Pence and Jeff Hardin on October 17, UT Libraries Jack Reese Writer in Residence RB Morris on November 7, and local author and music historian Jack Rentfro on December 5. Singer-songwriter Steve Earle is slated to perform on January 30, 2006.

The Writers in the Library series is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program of the UT English Department. For further information, please contact Jo Anne Deeken, Head of Technical Services, UT Libraries, at 974-6905 or, or R.B. Morris, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries, at 974-3004 or

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