Marilyn Kallet


Madeline Rogero
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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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.

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June 27, 2018
Marilyn Kallet was named as the Cit's New Poet Laureate and she read her poem entitled Fireflies.

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.

October 9, 2018
5:30 p.m. - Poetry reading for the Knoxville Museum of Art Guild. 

October 11, 2018
3-4 p.m. - Nashville Public Library, Poetry reading for Southern Festival of Books, sponsored by Humanities Tennessee.
4-4:30 p.m. - Book-signing in the colonnade.

October 12, 2018
1-3 p.m. - Poetry reading with local Knoxville authors, Autumn Authors' showcase, Barnes & Noble.
October 24, 2018
"Praise Songs in Troubled Times," writing workshop, Rowe Branch of the San Bernardino Public Library. Free and open to the public.

October 25, 2018
2 p.m. - Interviewing Sherlock, the San Bernardino Police Department Spokesdog.
November 2, 2018
7 p.m. - Secret City Poetry Night, Oak Ridge Civic Center, Social Room. Poetry reading with Black Atticus and Erin Elizabeth Smith.
December 2, 2018
5 p.m. - Poetry reading and Chanukah tales, The Bird and the Book, 1505 E. Broadway Avenue (Southland Books), Maryville, Tennessee.


Fireflies - Poem read on the day she was selected as the City's Poet Laureate, June 27, 2018.

Knoxville Love Song - Poem read at the Festival on the Fourth, July 4, 2018.