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Poets Jesse Graves and Don Johnson to Read, April 2

Jesse Graves and Don Johnson will read their poetry at Writers in the Library on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium.

JesseGravesJesse Graves’ new collection of poems, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, won the 2012 Weatherford Award for Poetry from the Appalachian Studies Association. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Connecticut Review, The Texas Review and Still: The Journal, among other periodicals. He was co-editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry (2011) and editor of the forthcoming Robert Morgan Companion. His creative dissertation earned him a PhD in English from UT Knoxville. He teaches in the department of literature and language at East Tennessee State University.

DonJohnsonDon Johnson is a professor of English and poet-in-residence at East Tennessee State University. For sixteen years he served as general editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. Johnson is the author of The Sporting Muse (2004) and three books of poetry, The Importance of Visible Scars (1984), Watauga Drawdown (1991), and Here and Gone: New and Selected Poems (2008). He also edited Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves, a collection of modern and contemporary American poems about baseball (1992).

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Department of English. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (

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