Poet Cameron Conaway at UT’s Writers in the Library on March 7

CameronConawayPoet Cameron Conway will read from his works at the University of Tennessee on March 7. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library readings series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

Conaway writes poetry with a social conscience. His two most recent books bear witness to child labor in Bangladesh’s shipbreaking industry and to malaria’s worldwide scourge. Chittagong: Poems & Essays (from Tennessee’s Iris Press), was praised by the Child Labor Coalition, and Malaria, Poems was named to NPR‘s Best Books of 2014 list.

Conaway has a diverse background: he is a former mixed martial arts fighter, an award-winning poet, a teacher, and a world traveler.

His work as a journalist has appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Guardian, and has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Reporting Project, the United Nations Foundation, Rotary International and the Wellcome Trust. In 2015, he was a recipient of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellowship.

Conaway is a popular speaker on the subjects of poetry, creativity, mindfulness, masculinity, social justice, and travel.

He is a graduate of Penn State Altoona (with bachelor’s degrees in English and Criminal Justice) and of the University of Arizona’s MFA Creative Writing Program.

Visit library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016 spring semester.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Christopher Hebert, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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