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Widener Writers Series Welcomes Poet

March 22, 2013

kallet5By Autumn Heisler ‘15

Renowned poet Marilyn Kallet will read at Widener on Tuesday, March 26 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Writers Series.

Her most recent collection of poems, The Love That Moves Me, was released earlier this month. The poems were inspired by Dante’s Inferno and by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The characters of Beatrice and Dante are placed in new settings, France, Indiana, and East Tennessee, and find themselves in a world unified by love and NASCAR.

She was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in New York.  She has published fifteen books ranging from collections of poetry, to children’s books, to translations and critical essays, to anthologies on women’s literature. Kallet has won numerous awards for her work in poetry, including the Lindsay Young Professor Award from the University of Tennessee—where she works as a professor in English and the director of Creative Writing—the Chancellor’s Research and Creative Achievement Award, a Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry, and she has been inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame.

She will be reading from her poetry at 4 p.m. in the Webb Room in University Center and will answer questions. The session is free and open to the public. Kallet will also be visiting select creative writing and English classes to further discuss some of her works.

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