Department of English News

New Yorker: Dean Says Astronauts Get Writer’s Block Too

UT English professor Margaret Lazarus Dean interviewed astronaut and UT alum Scott Kelly after his memoir Endurance was released earlier this year. Dean is the co-author of the book about Kelly’s year aboard the International Space Station. The interview appeared December 7 in New Yorker magazine.

Tune In: Two Faculty Members to Appear on Radio, TV

Two faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences will appear on radio and television this weekend. Misty Anderson’s interview about Dickens and Christmas will air at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 9, on NewsTalk 98.7 FM. Daniel Feller’s presentation about Andrew Jackson and the Bank War, will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 10, on C-SPAN3.

Dean’s ‘Endurance’ Hits #5 on New York Times Best Seller List

Margaret Lazarus Dean first spoke to Scott Kelly when he was living on the International Space Center. The conversation launched a friendship between the professor and the astronaut that lead to a collaboration on Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, which recently hit number five on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Huffington Post Features Column by Misty Anderson

UT English professor Misty Anderson wrote a column for The Huffington Post sharing a recap of Ben Shapiro’s visit to campus. Sharpiro, a former Breitbart editor, radio talk show host, curator of his own opinion site The Daily Wire, is on a speaking tour visiting college campuses across the country. His message is the vulnerability

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Poet to Enter the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame

Erin Elizabeth Smith, senior instructor in English and the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at UT Libraries, will be inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 19.

Chicago Sun Times: Harjo Follows Native American Roots

Joy Harjo, professor and chair of excellence in the Department of English, is the recipient of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize–the prestigious award that honors a living U.S. poet for outstanding lifetime achievement. The Chicago Sun Times featured Harjo and praised her for following her Native American roots. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo, 66,

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News Sentinel: Harjo Wins $100,000 Award for Poetry

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on news that English professor Joy Harjo was recently recognized for her work. Harjo has been awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a $100,000 prize that annually recognizes the work of a living American poet for outstanding lifetime accomplishments.