Poets for Preservation Series Announced

Poets for Preservation to perform at Historic Westwood

Poets’ love of beauty and the neighborhood are translated into poetry that enchants!

Poets for Preservation is a forthcoming spring poetry series presented by Knox Heritage and eight local poets in April and May of 2014. Native Knoxville poets, most residing in the area for 30 years, will perform engaging works about history, home, and new beginnings in celebration of the opening of Historic Westwood at 3425 Kingston Pike. Poets will read in pairs on Saturdays at 3 p.m. in April and May as listed below. Refreshments will be served, and guests are welcome to look around the newly restored mansion after the readings.

April 12, 3:00 pm

Linda Parsons Marion is the author of Home Fires (1997), Mother Land (2008), and Bound (2011). Her work has been published in the anthologies Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival (1999), Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women’s Poetry (2002), and Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia (2003).

Laura Still is a Knoxville poet and playwright whose debut collection of poems, Guardian, was released in 2013. She is also author of Acts of the Apostles, 25 one-act plays for children. She is published in numerous anthologies, including New Millennium Writings.

April 19, 3:00 pm

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 16 books, including The Love That Moves Me, poetry from Black Widow Press, 2013. She directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, and teaches poetry workshops in Auvillar, France. She has performed her work across the U.S., as well as France and Poland.

Keith Norris is a poet, performer, and award-winning professor at Pellissippi State Community College.

May 10, 3:00 pm

Donna Doyle is poet in residence at Preston Medical Library and founder of Random Acts of Haiku. Donna is a native Knoxvillian who has lived all over the city. She is still looking for a place to call home.

Rose Raney’s poetry has appeared in New Millennium Writings and Now and Then. She received graduate and undergraduate awards for poetry and fiction at UT Knoxville, as well as first place in poetry from the Tennessee Writer’s Alliance. She is managing editor of a technical journal for the Department of Homeland Defense and the originator of Poets for Preservation.

May 24, 3:00 pm

Darren Jackson is a doctoral student in poetry at UT Knoxville. His poetry has appeared in the journals Smartish Pace, Iron Horse, and Terrain, among others. His essay on translating Michaux’s La vie dans les plis was published by Public Republic. He served as editor of Grist: The Journal for Writers.

Arthur Smith’s fourth book of poems, The Fortunate Era, was published in 2013 by Carnegie Mellon UP. Recent work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Hunger Mountain, Bat City Review, Southern Poetry Review, TriQuarterly Review, and Poems and Plays. He is professor of English at the University of Tennessee.

Knox Heritage works to preserve structures and places with historic or cultural significance. Established in 1974 as a non-profit educational corporation, Knox Heritage is chartered by the State of Tennessee and governed by a board of directors representing all areas of our community.