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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.
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 the poems The Poet Meets Bruno and Doggerel

July 31, 2018
Poetry reading for Knoxville Leadership Flenniken Landing Residents

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

  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 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
Read "Love Poems for an Autumn Afternoon" 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

  Kallet with Sherlock
Kallet with San Bernardino Police Department Spokesdog Sherlock
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 7 p.m. at the Secret City Poetry Night at the Oak Ridge Civic Center

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 

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 - more details coming