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About Writers in the Library
Writers in the Library

Some of the most eloquent voices heard on the UT campus are the authors who read from their works at Writers in the Library, a long-running reading series that showcases the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen. The University Libraries and UT’s Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund sponsor several readings each semester in the Hodges Library auditorium. Readings are free and the public is invited.

The program began as a venue for local writers (including student authors) to read from their works. Over time, Writers in the Library evolved into a showcase for award-winning writers of national and international renown. Distinguished guest readers have included Pulitzer Prize winners, a U.S. Poet Laureate, and authors of New York Times bestsellers.

Writers in the Library has a devoted following, particularly among aspiring young writers. It’s their chance to interact with renowned authors and display their own talent. The final event of each academic year features readings by student winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Prizes in fiction and poetry.


Past events: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

View video of past events (Fall 2016 – Present)

View video of past events (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016)

View video of past events ( Fall 2010 – Spring 2013)

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