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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
  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

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.

October 24, 2018
Interviewed Sherlock, the San Bernardino Police Department Spokesdog with Sherlock's "mom" Lt. Vicki Cervantes

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 4, 2019
Read poem entitled Violins of Hope, Knoxville at the ribbon cutting of the "Violins of Hope" exhibit at the UT Downtown Gallery at 106 Gay St.

Violins of Hope Ribbon Cutting
Kallet wrote a special poem for the ribbon-cutting of the Violins of Hope exhibit.

January 12, 2019
Read poems entitled Sometimes and Last Words at the memorial for Dr. Arthur Smith. Smith was a mentor to thousands of UT students and an award-winning poet who taught at UT for more than three decades.

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

January 22, 2019
Read poem entitled Violins of Hope, Knoxville at the Knoxville Symphony performances at the Tennessee Theatre

January 23 & 24, 2019

Read poem entitled Violins of Hope, Knoxville at the East Tennessee Foundation Luncheon program "Hope in Action"

February 23, 2019
Poetry reading at the Rose Glen Literary Festival in theSevierville Convention Center

March 2, 2019
Judge for Poetry Out Loud State Finals, sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Tennessee State Museum, Nashville 

March 22, 2019
Poetry reading for WDVX's inaugural show for their new series

March 22 and 23, 2019
Discussion leader with Dawnie Steadman regarding Regal Cinemas' premiere of “To Dust,” featuring Matthew Broderick, set at the Body Farm

March 28, 2019
Poetry reading and workshop at the Johnson City Library

April 4, 2019
Poetry reading with Donna Doyle of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild at Central United Methodist Church

April 13, 2019
Poetry reading at the Garden Party fundraiser for the Botanical Gardens

April 21, 2019
Poetry reading with Patricia Clark and Alice Friman at the North American Review poetry conference at University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

April 26, 2019
Poetry reading for the Mayor Madeline Rogero's State of the City address 

April 27-May 5, 2019
Residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar

May 2, 2019
Marilyn Kallet will be honored by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at the Soirée at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond 

June 7-18, 2019
Mentor for “Writing the River” residency in Auvillar, France. Sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.