Deep Song Reading Series Kicks Off November 8

DeepSongLogoYou are invited to the fall installment of Belmont University’s Deep Song Reading Series as the English Department hosts poets TJ Jarrett and Jeff Hardin next Friday, November 8, 2013 for readings and Q&A.  The event will take place in the Lila D. Bunch Library’s Multimedia Hall (2nd floor) and will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This event is available for Culture and the Arts convocation credit. Below are bios for the poets:



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TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent  work has been published or is forthcoming in African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Linebreak, Rattle, Southern Poetry Anthology, Third Coast, West Branch and others. She has earned scholarships from Colrain Manuscript Conference, Sewanee Writer’s Conference and Vermont Studio Center, and others; her collection The Moon Looks Down and Laughs was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave was recently published by New Issues Press. Her second collection Zion (winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition 2013) will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in the fall of 2014.

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Jeff Hardin was born in Savannah, TN, (Hardin county), an eighth generation descendant of the county’s founder.  He is a graduate of Austin Peay State University (B.S. in English) and the University of Alabama (M.F.A. in Poetry).  He is the author of two chapbooks, Deep in the Shallows (GreenTower Press, 2002) and The Slow Hill Out (Pudding House, 2003) as well as two collections of poetry:  Fall Sanctuary, recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press, and Notes for a Praise Book, recently selected by Toi Derricotte and published by Jacar Press.  Nearly 500 of his poems have appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, The New Republic, The Hudson Review, The Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Hotel Amerika, Meridian, Tar River Poetry, The Florida Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poem, Zone 3, and many others.  His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize multiple times and have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac.  He is professor of English at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN.    His website is

Belmont English Student Interns with TACA

oliviaThe Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) identifies as a “nonprofit organization with the mission to encourage, develop, and promote crafts and crafts people in Tennessee.” Olivia Forehand, a Belmont English major, recently began assisting with this mission by serving as a marketing intern and  writing content for the TACA website.  The association has posted an interview with Olivia on its site, and you can have an inside look into how this English student is developing her writing in an authentic context.  → Click here to visit Olivia’s interview.

English Faculty Inspect New Building

In advance of the English Department’s move into the new Wedgewood Academic Building, two faculty members recently conducted a surprise inspection of the department’s  in-progress office spaces.  Andrea Stover (below left) and Bonnie Smith-Whitehouse (below right) donned hardhats and toured the third-floor wing where Belmont English will relocate.

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