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Marilyn Kallet is the author of 18 books, including How Our Bodies Learned, The Love That Moves Me and Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, poetry from Black Widow Press. She has translated Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems, Péret’s The Big Game, and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s Disenchanted City. Her other volumes include children’s books, essays, anthologies of women’s literature.

Dr. Kallet is Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English––soon to be Professor Emerita––at the University of Tennessee, where she has taught for 37 years. For a decade, she has also lead poetry workshops for VCCA-France, in Auvillar.

She has performed her poems on campuses and in theaters across the United States as well as in France and Poland, as a guest of the U.S. Embassy’s “America Presents” program.

Dr. Kallet is available for poetry readings and workshops for adults and for children.

The University of Tennessee lists her as a specialist in poetry’s role in times of crisis, poetry and healing, poetry and humor, and poetry and Jewish identity.


  Marilyn Kallet July 4, 2018
Kallet read her poem entitled Knoxville Love Song at the Festival on the Fourth in World's Fair Park, July 4, 2018.
  Kallet with Bruno
Kallet with K9 Officer Bruno and Officer Jeffrey Quirin
  Kallet Founders Day
Kallet at the Founders Day Luncheon
  Workshop participants
Kallet and participants from the "Writing Praise Poems in Troubled Times" poetry workshop in San Bernardino. Kallet is available to lead this workshop for any civic or community groups.
  Kallet with Sherlock
Kallet with San Bernardino Police Department Spokesdog Sherlock
  Jewish Center Vigil
Kallet at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center vigil
  Marlyn Kallet with Taria Person
Kallet with performance poet and UT Alum Taria Person at The Secret City Poetry Night at Oak Ridge Civic Center
July 4, 2018
Kallet read her poem entitled Knoxville Love Song at the Festival on the Fourth at the World's Fair Park in Knoxville

July 18, 2018
Kallet worked with Officer Jeffrey Quirin and K-9 Officer Bruno of the University of Tennessee Police Department inspiring numerous Poems about K-9 Officer Bruno
July 31, 2018
Poetry reading of Saying Goodbye and other poems at the Flenniken Landing Residents' Inaugural Art Show

September 13, 2018
Kallet read her poem This Green for the East Tennessee PBS "The Great American Read" series

October 3, 2018
Kallet read her poem Ode to Knoxville and its Founders at the Founders Day Luncheon at the East Tennessee History Center

October 9, 2018
Poetry reading of That ChickenComplaint, and Love Song for the Ageless at the John T. O'Connor Senior Center

October 9, 2018
Poetry reading for the Knoxville Museum of Art Guild

October 11, 2018
Poetry reading and book signing for the Southern Festival of Books at the Nashville Public Library

October 12, 2018
Poetry reading with local Knoxville authors, Autumn Authors' showcase, Barnes & Noble

October 23, 2018
"Writing Praise Poems in Troubled Times," writing workshop, Rowe Branch of the San Bernardino Public Library

October 24, 2018
Interviewed Sherlock, the San Bernardino Police Department Spokesdog

October 29, 2018
Kallet read her poem The Tree of Life at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center during the vigil held to honor those who passed during the mass shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018.

November 2, 2018
Poetry reading with Joseph Woods and Erin E. Smith at the Secret City Poetry Night at the Oak Ridge Civic Center

November 14-15
Creative writing workshops at West High School

November 27, 2018
Poem about Mister Clooney, a medical alert dog with the UT College of Veterinary Medicine's H.A.B.I.T. Program

December 6, 2018
Read poem entitled How to Reply to a Major General at UT's Faculty Award Ceremony.

December 8, 2018
Poetry Reading and Chanukah Stories at 5 p.m. at The Bird & The Book at Southland Books, 1505 E. Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 

January 3, 2019
Poetry reading at the ribbon cutting of the "Violins of Hope" display at the UT Downtown Gallery at 106 Gay St.

January 19, 2019
Poetry reading at the YWCA Diversity Day & Race Against Racism

March 28, 2019
Poetry reading and workshop at 6 p.m. at the Johnson City Library

April 4, 2019
Knoxville Writers' Guild reading with Arthur Smith at 7 p.m. 

April 13, 2019
Garden Party fundraiser for the Botanical Gardens