May 27, 2010 For the academic year 2010-2011, Rogersville native Jeff Daniel Marion will serve as the University of Tennessee Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence. His responsibilities will include meeting with creative-writing students and organizing a series of public readings by regional writers.
Formerly a poet in residence and professor of creative writing at Carson-Newman College, Marion is also the author of eight books, including Ebbing & Flowing Springs: New and Selected Poems and Prose, 1976-2001, which won the 2003 Independent Publishers Award in Poetry and was named Appalachian Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association. About the book, Ron Rash wrote, “For twenty-five years Jeff Daniel Marion has eschewed poetic fashion and poetic posturing, going his own way, making poems that are confident enough to speak quietly to us, even gently. Yet to call these poems modest is a mistake, for in poem after poem Marion achieves a depth and profundity only the most talented and ambitious writers achieve. That this depth and profundity are also found in his prose writings adds to his accomplishment. It is my hope this book will give a writer long recognized as one of Appalachia’s best writers the national recognition he deserves.”