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KNOXVILLE — Poet, fiction writer, critic and community activist Barbara Bogue will lead two discussions at the University of Tennessee on Sept. 24.

Bogue founded and directs the annual “Creative Writing and the Community” project at Ball State University, where she is a creative writing professor. Bogue established a partnership between Ball State University and Muncie, Ind., to create a dialogue between writers and people in the community who would like their stories told.

She will discuss this partnership in “Writing Out of the Margins” at noon in the University Center Crest Room. Refreshments will be served.

The second program, “Writers Are Critics Too: James Lee Burke and the Soul of Dave Robicheaux,” will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. Bogue, who is the author of “James Lee Burke and the Soul of Dave Robicheaux,” will discuss Burke’s crime novel series based on a New Iberia, La., police detective and bait shop proprietor.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

The events are sponsored by the Office of Academic Research and Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Creative Writing Program of the English Department in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund and the Writers in the Library Program of the University Libraries.


Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,

Marilyn Kallet, Lindsay Young Professor of English, (865) 974-6947,