Works In Progress at UTC


At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the “Works In Progress” series gives authors a chance to stand up in front of a crowd and read early drafts of their works.  Catherine Meeks is a Chattanooga environmental writer who recently did one of those readings.  She’s working on a collection of creative nonfiction about TVA—she says she interested in personal stories of people who have been impacted by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s long history in the region.

Listen to the story.

See Catherine Meeks’s listing on the UTC faculty page.


If you’d like to attend a Works In Progress reading, one will take place on Thursday, February 25th, at 3:15 p.m. in Holt Hall, room 124, on the UTC campus.  Poet and professor Richard Jackson will be reading from his works.  Here are the details, from organizer Mike Jaynes:


It’s pretty embarrassing to look back at the first poems I did which looked like the lyrics on the back of Dylan and other Rock album covers  except really bad. No, really really bad. So this reading will try to trace some of the movement away from that, and then focus on the present. I hope it will also suggest some of the ways a writer develops, or at least one writer, and also something of the way a writer, as opposed to a critic or lit professor, looks at his own work, and at the art itself.

RICHARD JACKSON is the author of 10 books of poems, including the recent Resonance (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010), and Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004) Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2003), Heartwall (UMass, 2000 Juniper Prize), Svetovi Narazen (Slovenia, 2001). A limited edition small press book, Falling Stars: A Collection of Monologues (Flagpond Press, 2002) and Richard Jackson: Greatest Hits (2004), and several chapbooks of translations. His translation of Slovene poet Alexsander Persoljas  Potovanje Sonca (Journey of the Sun), appeared in 2007. His translation of Giovanni Pascoli’s Last Voyage (with Susan Thomas and Deborah Brown) will appear from Red Hen Press in April 2010. He has also edited the Selected Poems of Iztok Osojnik (Slovenia) due out in May, 2010. His own poems have been translated and published in fifteen languages. He has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry: The Fire Under the Moon and Double Vision: Four Slovenian Poets (Aleph, 93) and edits an eastern European Chap book series and Poetry Miscellany. He is also the author of a book of criticism, Dismantling Time in Contemporary American Poetry (Agee Prize), and Acts of Mind: Interviews With Contemporary American Poets (Choice Award). His several dozen essays and reviews have appeared in Georgia Review, Verse, Contemporary Literature, Boundary 2, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner and numerous other journals, as well as anthologies such as The Planet on the Table: Writers Reading (2003) and John Ashbery (ed. Harold Bloom, 2004). In addition, he has written introductions to books of poems by four different Slovene Poets for various presses, and a special Slovene issue of Hunger Mountain (2003), two American poets, and two anthologies of Slovene poetry. He has also edited a special 50 page section of Poetry International (2004) on William Matthews with an introductory essay. In 2000 he was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia and has received Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, 2 Witter-Bynner and Fulbright Fellowships, and 5 Pushcart Prizes. He founded and directs the Meacham Writers’ Workshops at UTC. Winner of teaching awards at UT-Chattanooga and Vermont College MFA, named UC Foundation Professor in 1983 and UTNAA Professor in June 2007, he is the 2009 AWP George Garrett Award winner from the Associated Writing Programs for his teaching, mentoring and arts organizing.


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