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Marilyn Kallet


Book Excerpt: Even When We Sleep

Even When We Sleep, due in June 2022, is the latest collection by Marilyn Kallet, former Knoxville Poet Laureate. Previous collections include How Our Bodies Learned, The Love That Moves Me, and Packing Light: New and Selected Poems.

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How I Fell for French Poetry

Knoxville poet Marilyn Kallet confesses her love affair with translation

December 1, 2015 “After class, I sat outside on the lawn, revisited Baudelaire. Were there chemicals in my book that made me swoon––something in the paper of Les Fleurs du Mal that affected my senses? I licked a page to see if it had LSD on it. How did poetry achieve the effect of making me feel drunk?” Marilyn Kallet will discuss a new translation of Chantal Bizzini’s poems at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on December 3, 2015, at 3 p.m.

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“I Want You Here”

July 24, 2015 Marilyn Kallet was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in New York. She is the author of sixteen books, including Packing Light: New and Selected Poems; Circe, After Hours; and Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard. Kallet directs the creative-writing program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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"Packing Light"

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 14 books, which include translations, children’s books, personal essays, literary criticism, and anthologies of women’s writing. She teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee, as well as poetry-writing workshops in Auvillar, France, for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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