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Thomas Lynch at Writers in the Library, Feb. 11

thomas-lynch-2Thomas Lynch will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, February 11th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Thomas Lynch is the author of five collections of poems and three books of essays, including Skating with Heather Grace, Still Life in Milford, and The Undertaking. He is also the author of the novella and story collection Apparition & Late Fictions. His most recent book is The Sin-Eater: A Breviary which has been called “powerful, unsettling, and full of grace.”

Lynch’s work has been the subject of two films, including PBS Frontline’s The Undertaking, which won a 2008 Emmy Award. The Undertaking is a chronicle of small-town life and death told through the eyes of a poet who is also an undertaker. It notably won the Heartland Prize for nonfiction, the American Book Award, and was a Finalist for the National Book Award. The Kirkus Review praises its “eloquent, meditative observations on the place of death in small-town life” and the New York Times Book Review says “Lynch shows himself to be a master of the essay form.”

Lynch’s essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Paris Review.

He lives in Milford, Michigan, where he has been the funeral director since 1974, and in Moveen, County Clare, Ireland, where he keeps an ancestral cottage.

The author will also hold a Q&A session for all interested students, 3-4 p.m., Monday, February 11, in 1210 McClung Tower.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee 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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