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Writers in the Library Event Brings Together Renowned Poets

***Update: Sadly, Arthur Smith will have to miss this event due to family concerns.***

MarilynKalletTwo UT faculty members will read at UT’s Writers in the Library and launch their new books on April 15th at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium. Dr. Marilyn Kallet, director of UT’s Creative Writing Program, and Arthur Smith, professor of English, are established poets and major American authors.

The reading is historic in that both Smith and Kallet have new books out at the same time and will be doing a reading together. In their most recent works, they incorporate a variety of poems about love, life and loss through their crisp, clean writing styles and expressive personalities.

ArtSmithKallet and Smith will read from their recently published books: The Love That Moves Me and The Fortunate Era, respectively.

“This is a rare and special treat,” Chris Hebert, the Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence at the UT Libraries said. “Any new book is a memorable occasion, but to have two new books simultaneously — one from each of the beloved poets on our faculty — is a cause for celebration!”

Kallet and Smith have won prestigious awards for their poetry. Smith has received two Pushcart Prizes and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, while Kallet has received the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry, written 16 books and performed internationally.

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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