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Tawnysha Greene

Associate Director of Composition

Biography

Tawnysha Greene received her PhD from the University of Tennessee where she served as the fiction editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers. Her work has appeared in PANK, Bellingham Review, and Weave Magazine. Her first novel, A House Made of Stars, was released in 2015.


Research

"So You Published a Book, Now What? On Promotion, Marketing, and the Work of
Being a Published Author." Hands On Literary Festival. New Orleans, Louisiana.
December 2015.

"Stranger in a Strange Land? The Poet in the Composition Classroom." Association of Writers and Writers Programs Annual Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. March 2013.

"Gladly Wolde He Learne and Gladly Teach: Creating Opportunities for Teen
Writers." Association of Writers and Writers Programs Annual Conference.
Boston, Massachusetts. March 2013.


Education

2013 Ph.D. in Creative Writing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dissertation: A House Made of Stars
2009 M.A. in Creative Writing, Auburn University.
Thesis: Sundays
2007 B.A. in Creative Writing, Auburn University.


Publications

Books

A House Made of Stars. New Orleans: Burlesque Press, 2015.

Periodicals

Fiction

"The Game." A-Minor. (May 2015): online.

"Queens and Kings." Weave Magazine. (June 2013): online.

"Tongues." storySouth (Spring 2013): online.

"The Naming of Girls." JMWW (Winter 2013): online.

"Daddy's Teeth." PANK Magazine (December 2012): online.

"All God's Children." Hobart (November 2012): online.

"Xs and Os." storySouth (Fall 2012): online.

"Wilderness." Bartleby Snopes (August 2012): online.

"Women of God." A-Minor (August 2012): online.

"Momma's Elephant." Monkeybicycle (August 2012): online.

"A House Made of Stars." Waccamaw (Spring 2012): online.

"What Momma Draws on Windows." Raleigh Review (April 2012): online.

"The Game." elimae (April 2012): online.

"Speak." PANK Magazine (February 2012): online.

"Refugio Beach." Monkeybicycle (December 2011): online.

"The End of the World." Bellingham Review (Fall 2011): online.

"The Yellow Room." Bluestem Magazine (March 2011): online.

"Sensible Things." Prime Number Magazine (February 2011): online.

"Eskimo Days." Necessary Fiction (January 2011): online.

"Andrea and Julia." Ranfurly Review 11 (June 2010): online.

"A Safe Place." Foundling Review (May 2010): online.

"Sundays." Wigleaf (January 2010): online.


Professional Service

  •  Associate Director of Composition, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2017 - Present.
  •  Chair, John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award for Experienced GTAs Committee, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2017 - Present
  • Judge, English 102 Poster Contest, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2017 - Present
  • Faculty Representative, Student Conduct Academic Review Board, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2016 - Present
  • Voting Representative, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2016 - Present
  • Graduate Teaching Mentor, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2011 - Present
  • Lecturer Representative, Composition Committee, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2016 - 2017 
  • Workshop Leader, Brian M. Conley Young Writers Institute, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2010 - 2015
  • Undergraduate Captain Robert A. Burke Award, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2010 - 2014 Judge

Associations & Organizations

Association of Writers and Writers Programs
Popular / American Culture Association


Invited Lectures

"Excerpts from A House Made of Stars." Writers in the Library Reading Series. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Knoxville, Tennessee. October 2016.

"'The Game' and Other Stories." The Only Tenn-I-See Reading Series. Knoxville, Tennessee. September 2016.

"Excerpts from A House Made of Stars." Knoxville Writers Guild Meeting. Knoxville, Tennessee. November 2015.

"'A House Made of Stars' and other stories." Meacham Writers' Workshop. Chattanooga, Tennessee. October 2015.

"'All God's Children' and Other Stories." Popular / American Culture Association Conference. Wilmington, North Carolina. October 2015.

"'The Naming of Girls' and Other Stories." 4 Under 40 Reading Series. Notre Dame of Maryland University. Baltimore, Maryland. September 2015.

"Excerpts from A House Made of Stars." Calhoun Area Writers Group Meeting. Calhoun, Georgia. August 2015.

"Excerpts from A House Made of Stars." Buckhead Writers Group Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia. July 2015.

"'What Momma Draws on Windows' and Other Stories." Southern Women Writers Conference. Mount Berry, Georgia. September 2012.

"'The End of the World' and Other Stories." Popular / American Culture Association Conference. Nashville, Tennessee. September 2012.

"'A Safe Place' and Other Stories." Southern Writers / Southern Writing Conference. Oxford, Mississippi. August 2010.

"'September' and Other Stories." Writing by Degrees Conference. Binghamton, New York. September 2009.


Contact Information

  • 1202 McClung Tower
  • Phone: (865) 974-6943
  • Fax: (865) 974-6926
  • E-mail: tgreene8@utk.edu

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