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Poet Paul Zimmer at Writers in the Library, Feb. 16

Renowned poet Paul Zimmer will read at Writers in the Library on Monday, February 16, 7 p.m., in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium.

Zimmer worked for forty-five years in book publishing and sales, heading university presses at Georgia, Iowa, and Pittsburgh. After working hours, he still found time to write a significant body of poetry. The author of more than a dozen poetry collections, Zimmer has also garnered many honors and grants including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, inclusion in the National Poetry Series (“The Great Bird of Love”), the Award for Literature from the American Institute of Arts and Letters, and four Pushcart Prizes.

Recent books by Paul Zimmer include Crossing to Sunlight Revisited: New and Selected Poems and two memoirs, Trains in the Distance and After the Fire: A Writer Finds His Place. After the Fire chronicles, among other subjects, Zimmer’s love of jazz and baseball, observing atomic tests during his military service in Nevada, and retirement to his isolated home on 100 acres in rural Wisconsin.

Join us at Writers in the Library to enjoy and celebrate the poet that Hayden Carruth once called “the most consistently entertaining poet of the past 20 years.”

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 974-6913 or, or Kali Meister, Jack E. Reese writer in residence, UT Libraries, at

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