John Yau’s reading and lecture CANCELLED

***John Yau’s reading and lecture have been CANCELLED due to illness. Both events will be rescheduled for the 2015-2016 academic year.***

yauPoet and art critic John Yau will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to both read his poetry and deliver a lecture on art.

Yau will be the featured reader at “Writers in the Library” on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.

He will also deliver a public lecture as part of the School of Art’s VADSCO Lecture series on Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium, 109 Art & Architecture Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher, and freelance curator. Yau’s poetry collections include Corpse and Mirror (1983) (selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series), Edificio Sayonara (1992), Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Paradiso Diaspora (2006), Exhibits (2010), and Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012).

Yau has received numerous awards, including the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the American Poetry Review Jerome Shestack Award, an NEA fellowship, two Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowships, and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Yau’s most recent book-length work of art criticism is the essay collection A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns. His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2012 he started the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend with three other writers.

He has collaborated with many artists, including Norman Bluhm, Ed Paschke, Peter Saul, Pat Steir, Jürgen Partenheimer, and Norbert Prangenberg on exhibitions appearing in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City: the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia.

Yau is currently associate professor in critical studies at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT 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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