Ok, we know most people Monday will either be recovering from a weekend of Rhythm and Blooms or looking forward to that evening's NCAA Championship game. But we felt like we had to let you know anyway that Monday is the start of an entire week's worth of great literary events in and around town, so go ahead and put them on your calendar now.
First, on Monday at 7 p.m. (which means you can go and still be home in time for basketball) is the return of former Knoxvillian Adam Prince, who will be reading from his highly acclaimed short stories at the University of Tennessee. Chapter 16 recently interviewed Prince about his writing.
After Monday you can take a few days to relax. Then, on Thursday, Carson_newman University kicks off a two-day conference in honor of Jeff Daniel Marion. If you're not an academic, you probably won't be too interested in the panels and discussion, but you should definitely carve out room for the poetry readings: George Ella Lyon is at 3 p.m. Thursday, Robert Morgan is at 8 p.m. that same day, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser is reading at 3 p.m. on Friday, followed by a reading from Marion himself at 8 p.m.Short-story Author Adam Prince to Read from His Work at UT on April 8KNOXVILLE--Short-story author Adam Prince will read from his work on Monday, April 8, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series.The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.Prince is a former UT graduate student and teaching assistant. His first book, "The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men," was published last year. The men in the short-story collection must find a balance between imagination and reality.His work has appeared in the Missouri Review, the Southern Review, and Narrative magazine. Narrative named him one of the best 20 new writers of 2011.Born in southern California, he has since lived in New York, South Korea, Arkansas and Nicaragua. He now lives in Baltimore, where he is the 2012-2013 Tickner Writing Fellow at the Gilman School.Prince is currently working on a novel set in Jakarta, Indonesia.
But wait! That's not all! April is National Poetry Month, of course, so you should celebrate it as much as you can. And what better way to wind down Tax Day than to see two UT professors renowned for their poetry read from their new books at the same time???Carson-Newman's Jeff Daniel Marion Festival to feature Poet LaureateAn upcoming academic literary conference, April 11-12 at Carson-Newman University, celebrates the work of Jeff Daniel Marion through academic papers and discussions of his work.The Jeff Daniel Marion Festival will feature the 13th Poet Laureate of the United States Ted Kooser, the New York Bestseller author and poet Robert Morgan, as well as celebrated Appalachian author and poet George Ella Lyon who will read selections of their own work.Panels will examine the work of Marion, and he will close the conference with a reading from his ninth and most recently published volume of poetry, Letters to the Dead."It gives Carson-Newman a chance to celebrate one of its most famous and important faculty members," said Dr. Shawn O'Hare, C-N English professor and department chair. "And it allows us to recognize Danny as the poetic voice of Appalachia."The former Carson-Newman English professor is one of the premier poets of the region.In 2007, Marion was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.He received the 2011 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the 2006 and 2002 Career Achievement Award from the Knoxville Writers' Guild.The two-day festival kicks off Thursday afternoon, April 11. It is open to the public and free of charge. Please see an online schedule of events for times and locations, http://www.cn.edu/jeff-daniel-marion-festival.Marion, a native of Rogersville, taught English and creative writing at Carson-Newman for more than 35 years until his retirement in 2002. He was poet-in-residence, director of the Appalachian Center, and editor of Mossy Creek Reader. He has published nine poetry collections, four poetry chapbooks, and a children's book, Hello, Crow. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals.Marion lives in Knoxville with his wife, poet and editor Linda Parsons Marion.
If all that isn't enough for you, then we strongly recommend heading to Chattanooga April 18 for the three-day Celebration of Southern Literature. We won't post the whole schedule here, but it's a doozy.WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY EVENT BRINGS TOGETHER RENOWNED POETSKnoxville, TN, March 11, 2013 - Two UT faculty members will read at UT's Writers in the Library and launch their new books on April 15th at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium. Dr. Marilyn Kallet, director of UT's Creative Writing Program, and Arthur Smith, professor of English, are established poets and major American authors.The reading is historic in that both Smith and Kallet have new books out at the same time and will be doing a reading together. In their most recent works, they incorporate a variety of poems about love, life and loss through their crisp, clean writing styles and expressive personalities.Kallet and Smith will read from their recently published books: The Love That Moves Me and The Fortunate Era, respectively."This is a rare and special treat," Chris Hebert, the Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence at the UT Libraries said. "Any new book is a memorable occasion, but to have two new books simultaneously--one from each of the beloved poets on our faculty--is a cause for celebration!"Kallet and Smith have won prestigious awards for their poetry. Smith has received two Pushcart Prizes and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, while Kallet has received the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry, written 16 books and performed internationally.