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David James Poissant to Read

On Monday, 11/17, at 7pm, David James Poissant will read from his highly acclaimed short story collection, The Heaven of Animals, at UT’s Writers in the Library, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.  Prior to the reading, at 3pm, he will be available for a Q&A session for UT students and faculty in the Practice Presentation Room (PPR) 220 E, in Hodges Library Commons North.

Poissant’s The Heaven of Animals was named one of the most anticipated books of 2014 by The Millions.  In a starred review, Kirkus describes Poissant’s stories as “Rueful and kind, akin to both Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver in humane spirit and technical mastery.”  Rebecca Lee of The New York Times Book Review touts the collection as “A wise debut….Beautiful, with a rogue touch,” and Karen Russell says of his writing, “Like Flannery O’Connor, Poissant’s stories are marked by violence, humor, and grace; like Saunders, he can spoon-bend reality; like Carver and Diaz, he writes scenes soaked in kerosene and seconds from combustion.”

David James Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The AtlanticThe Chicago TribuneGlimmer TrainThe New York Times, PlayboyPloughsharesThe Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic and Playboy magazines. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Writers in the Library ( is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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