Creative Writing Doctoral Students to Read at Writers in the Library

Five of the best doctoral students in UT’s Creative Writing Program will share their work with the community on April 22.

Stephanie Duggers, Christian Anton Gerard, Tawnysha Greene, Daniel Wallace, and Ryan Woldruff will read from their work at the last Writers in the Library event of the semester. The reading will be in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

They are the winners of this year’s John C. Hodges Graduate Student Writing Awards for poetry and fiction.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information e-mail Marilyn Kallet, director of UT’s Creative Writing Program, or Christopher Hebert, writer in residence at UT Libraries.

For more information about the John C. Hodges awards and other writing awards, visit the Department of English website.

About the writers:

  • Stephanie Duggers won first prize in the poetry category for a series of poems. She has served on the editorial board of Grist: The Journal for Writers, and has been nominated for the Best New Poets anthology.
  • Christian Anton Gerard won second prize in the poetry category for a series of poems called “Defense of Poetry.” His first book, Wilmot Here, Collect for Stella, is forthcoming from WordTech Press in 2014. He’s the recipient of a Chancellor’s Honors Award for Professional Promise and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and serves as editor of Grist: The Journal for Writers. His poems appear widely in national literary magazines.
  • Tawnysha Greene won third prize in the poetry category for a series of poems and third place in the fiction category for the story “All God’s Children.” She is the former nonfiction editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers. She has published widely and will be a full-time instructor in the English Department next year.
  • Daniel Wallace won second prize in the fiction category for his story “My Arctic Circle.” His work has been published in McSweeney’s and the Tampa Review.
  • Ryan Woldruff won first prize in the fiction category for his story “Still, This Might Be a Love Story.” He co-directed UT’s 2013 Young Writers Institute.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu)

Holly Gary (865-974-2225, hgary@utk.edu)

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