The Department of English is working to recruit some of the best writers in the country to enroll in its newly created Master of Fine Arts program, which will begin offering classes this fall. Marilyn Kallet, director of the Creative Writing Program and the Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English, says she looks forward to the MFA program’s inaugural class.
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Six acclaimed writers with connections to UT will read and perform their work at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday, September 22. “Letters to the Earth: Songs and Poems of Conservation” will feature Jesse Graves, Marilyn Kallet, Jeff Daniel Marion, Linda Parsons Marion, R. B. Morris, and Arthur Smith. They are all either UT faculty, staff, or alumni.
Elizabeth Gilbert became a writer-in-residence at UT after an epic journey around the world that would inspire her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love and a subsequent movie of the same title. While at UT in spring 2005, she was a visiting writer in the Department of English and taught a class called “Location, Location, Location: Sense of Place in Fiction.” Gilbert returns to Knoxville for one evening this fall and will appear at the historic Tennessee Theatre.
From medieval poetry to Greek myths, Marilyn Kallet has drawn inspiration from many sources. Kallet, a UT English professor, has a new book coming out this year. She will share both her inspiration and her work with the community as part of the Writers in the Library series on April 15. The reading will be in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Author Joshua Robbins will be the guest speaker at Nosh n’ Chat on Wednesday, February 20. He will discuss his new book, Praise Nothing, during the free event, which will take place at 3:00 p.m. in 1210-1211 McClung Tower.
The Knoxville News Sentinel spoke with lecturer Steve Sparks about how his fascination with ghosts and stories of the supernatural have influenced his English 102 class. Half of the class time is spent studying the supernatural in literature. Classes also discuss Knoxville ghost tales, including those on the UT campus.
Michael Bérubé, the president of the Modern Language Association (MLA), will speak at UT Knoxville on Tuesday, September 11, in McClung Tower Room 1210. The talk is titled “The Humanities Without Apology” and is part of the Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies speaker series sponsored by the Hodges Better English Fund and the Department of English. The event is free and open to the public.
A best-selling handbook that for decades has influenced the teaching and learning of writing—and was created by a late UT professor—is celebrating its seventieth anniversary. “The Hodges Harbrace Handbook,” produced by John C. Hodges in 1941, is one of the most widely used grammar reference books at colleges and universities in the United States, as well as one of the oldest.
Author and professor Jeff Sharlet will discuss the intersection of religion and politics in America at the second annual David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. Sharlet’s lecture is titled “The Noise of Democracy: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between.”