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Writers in the Library: Meagan Cass, March 19

On Monday, March 19, fiction writer Meagan Cass will read as part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. Meagan Cass’s first full-length collection, ActivAmerica, published by University of North Texas Press in 2017, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. She is also author of the chapbook Range of Motion (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014), and her stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, PANK, Joyland, and Puerto del Sol, among many others. Dan Chaon selected her fiction for the Wigleaf Top 50 Short Fictions of 2012, and Smokelong Quarterly republished her story “Egg Toss, August 1989” in its Best of the First Ten Years anthology.

Cass is an Assistant Editor at Sundress Publications and has served as fiction coordinator for the Best of the Net Anthology and fiction editor for Rougarou and for Stirring. An associate professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, she teaches courses in creative writing, publishing, and 20th/21st-century American literature and curates the Shelterbelt Reading Series. Her degrees include an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and a doctorate in English from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

There will be a brown bag Q&A for students and faculty at noon in 1210 McClung Tower.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series 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 Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Writers in the Library: Erin Elizabeth Smith, March 5

On Monday, March 5, poet Erin Elizabeth Smith will read as part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications and The Wardrobe. She is the author of two full-length collections, The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake, 2011) and The Fear of Being Found (Three Candles, 2007). Her third collection, Down: The Alice Poems, will be released by Agape Editions in 2019.

Smith is the editor of two anthologies, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity and Not Somewhere Else But Here: Contemporary Poems on Women and Place, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ecotone, Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, and Willow Springs, among others. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, where she is also the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence. In 2017, Erin Elizabeth Smith was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series 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 Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Your Chance to Save Civilization – A Call for Creative Responses

This year, Knoxville’s Big Read and UT’s Life of the Mind freshman reading program prompted hundreds of Knoxvillians to read and discuss Station Eleven, a novel by Emily St. John Mandel.

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

A science fiction novel that takes place during a fictional swine flu pandemic, the book won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. It was nominated for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The UT Libraries will commemorate the community-wide discussion series with a book that captures a range of responses, both scholarly and personal, to this award-winning novel.
The editors invite contributions to this volume focused on, but not limited to, the following areas: Continue reading

Read Online: Knoxvillians React to the Novel A Lesson Before Dying

The University of Tennessee Libraries has published a collection of essays by participants in Knoxville’s Big Read of A Lesson Before Dying.

UT Libraries response to A Lesson Before DyingIn 2016, a community reading program brought Knoxvillians together to read and discuss A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines’s novel about a black man who is sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. The Knox County Public Library organized the Big Read with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Community partners hosted a series of programs that inspired community-wide discussion of the book’s themes of racism, injustice, hope, and redemption. Events included book discussions, lectures, a Community Leaders Forum, a screening of Say It Loud! (historic footage of Knoxville during the civil rights era) at the John C. Hodges Library on the UT campus, and performances of Romulus Linney’s dramatic adaptation of A Lesson Before Dying at UT’s Carousel Theatre. Continue reading

Writers in the Library: Allen Wier and David Madden, Feb. 19

On Monday, February 19, novelists Allen Wier and David Madden will read as part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series.

Allen Wier has published four novels, most recently Tejano, and a collection of short stories, Things About to Disappear. Late Night, Early Morning, a volume of new and selected stories, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2017. Wier is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to stints at Longwood College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Hollins College, the University of Texas, Florida International University, and the University of Alabama, Wier taught at the University of Tennessee from 1994 to 2015 and is currently serving as the Watkins Endowed Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Murray State University.

David Madden is the author of eleven novels, two short story collections, and eight volumes of literary criticism and texts on the subject of creative writing. His most recent book, Marble Goddesses and Mortal Flesh, is a collection of four novellas published in 2017 by University of Tennessee Press. Madden began his teaching career in 1958 as an instructor in English at Appalachian State Teachers College. He spent time teaching at Centre College, the University of Louisville, Kenyon College, and Ohio University. In 1968, he joined the faculty at LSU as the university’s writer in residence, a position he held for 24 years. He retired in 2008 as Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, Emeritus. Madden is the recipient of a Rockefeller Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. His stories have appeared twice in Best American Short Stories.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series 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 Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Writers in the Library: Marilyn Kallet, Jan. 29

On Monday, January 29, poet and University of Tennessee professor Marilyn Kallet will read as part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series.

Marilyn Kallet has published eighteen books, including How Our Bodies Learned, which was released by Black Widow Press in January 2018. She has translated Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems, Péret’s The Big Game, and has co-edited and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s Disenchanted City (with J. Bradford Anderson and Darren Jackson.) Dr. Kallet is the Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English at UT Knoxville.

This year will mark the tenth year that Marilyn Kallet has taught poetry workshops in Auvillar, France, for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, through VCCA-International. She has also performed her poems on campuses and in theaters across the United States as well as in France and Poland, as a guest of the U.S. Embassy. The University of Tennessee lists her as a specialist in poetry and dreams, poetry and healing, and poetry’s role in times of crisis.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library and will be followed by a reception in the Mary Greer Room. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series 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 Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Call For Presenters: STEM Event for High School Students

*** DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, February 9 ***

The Big Orange STEM Saturday (BOSS) planning committee and the UT Libraries invite university faculty, staff, student leaders, and members of the East Tennessee scientific community to participate in the 7th annual BOSS conference at UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

BOSS is a free conference presented annually by the UT Libraries for middle school and high school students interested in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors and careers. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We encourage you to share your expertise and enthusiasm for the STEM fields by presenting a 30-minute “breakout” session on a topic of your choice. Presentations will run from approximately 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. All presenters will stage their sessions twice for different groups. Lunch is included for all presenters.

The theme for this year’s BOSS is “From Teaching to Doing: Making STEM Hands-On.” Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • diversity in STEM
  • medicine/nutrition
  • agriculture/veterinary science
  • aerospace engineering
  • STEM career preparedness
  • student-led panels
  • developing technologies
  • STEM opportunities in unexpected places
  • computer science and/or computer programming
  • Humanities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, or STEAM)
  • everyday STEM
  • making math fun

Breakout sessions must include an interactive, hands-on component suitable for middle and high school students. All STEM or STEAM-related proposals that include an interactive component will be given consideration.

Proposals should include the author(s) name(s), title(s), and a brief abstract not to exceed 100 words along with a separate description of the interactive activity.

Submit proposals via our submission page; proposals sent via email will not be accepted.

Deadline for submission is Friday, February 9, 2018.

If you have questions, please contact Thura Mack, Coordinator, Community Learning Services & Diversity Programs, UT Libraries (tmack@nullutk.edu or 865-974-6381).

Echoes of War: UT Libraries Exhibit Opening and Lecture on February 1

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Members of the US Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, World War II (UT Special Collections)

The University of Tennessee Libraries holds thousands of unique documents and artifacts relating to America’s participation in World Wars I and II. A carefully curated selection of those materials is on display at the Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area in UT’s John C. Hodges Library during the spring semester.

You are invited to a reception and lecture to mark the unveiling of the exhibit, Echoes of War, on Thursday, February 1. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Jack E. Reese Galleria on the first floor.

Vejas Liulevicius, Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, will deliver a lecture, “Echoes of War: Human Experiences during WWI and WWII,” at 6:30 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium.

His lecture will discuss the concept, practice, and terrible human cost of “total war” globally in the twentieth century. At stake is understanding the links between World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and conflicts that continue today.

We hope to see you at our reception and lecture. Please RSVP to mvenable@nullutk.edu or 865-974-6903.

Parking will be reserved in Staff Lot 12, Melrose Avenue, in front of Hodges Library.

Meet our newest librarians

The University Libraries added five new faculty members last semester. Allow us to introduce our newest librarians . . .

As academic liaison librarian at Pendergrass Library, Isabella Baxter supports the teaching, research, and extension missions of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), AgResearch, and UT Extension. She develops collections, teaches library research skills, and provides research assistance to CASNR students and faculty. Baxter holds a bachelor’s degree in English and biology from Gettysburg College and a master’s in library and information science from Syracuse University.

As student success librarian for experiential learning, Holly Dean collaborates with the offices of Experience Learning and Service-Learning to align the libraries’ teaching and learning initiatives with those of the campus. She works closely with First-Year Studies to foster positive student connections to the libraries and a sense of community among first-year students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Portland State and a master’s in information science from Clarion University.

As metadata librarian, Meredith Hale creates metadata that enhance resource discovery and improve access to collections—particularly the libraries’ unique digital and special collections. She designs metadata strategies for digital projects, as well as supporting the Digital Public Library of America service hub for the state of Tennessee. She holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from Syracuse University, a master’s in English literature from the University of Sussex, and master’s degrees in art history and in information science from UNC Chapel Hill.

As student success librarian for information literacy, Charissa Powell works closely with course instructors and with other academic support units on campus to infuse library research and information literacy skills into the university’s general education curriculum. She is the libraries’ representative on the campus general education task force and liaison to the First-Year Composition program in the Department of English. She received her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and her master’s in library science from the University of Maryland.

The UT Libraries’ diversity resident program prepares new librarians for challenging and rewarding careers in academic librarianship while contributing to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university. During her three-year term as diversity librarian resident, Lizeth Zepeda will rotate through different areas of the library prior to selecting a focus for her research and scholarship. Zepeda holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Arizona.

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