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Marilyn KalletUT Knoxville English professor Marilyn Kallet’s new poetry collection will be debuted at the first UT Writers in the Library reading of the spring semester, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Hodges Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Kallet will perform poems from her new collection, Packing Light: New and Selected Poems (Black Widow Press, 2009). A reception will follow the reading.

Kallet’s new book includes selections from more than 35 years of writing as well as new poems. Her poetry includes sensual love poems, song sequences and poems on Jewish identity and the Holocaust.

Of Kallet’s recent poetry, poet Yusef Komunyakaa has written, "Marilyn Kallet’s Circe, After Hours shines with a high-intensity light into the underworld of ordinary lives, creating bridges between the North and the South, America and Europe, as well as a marriage between the brain’s left and right hemispheres – reason and passion. In this marvelous collection, the process of art illuminates life’s path."

The event is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund and by Writers in the Library.

The Writers in the Library series is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program of the UT English Department. For more information, contact Jo Anne Deeken, head of technical services, UT Libraries, at 974-6905 or, or Kali Meister, Jack E. Reese writer in residence, UT Libraries, at