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New Grants Awarded

for New Projects and New Audiences

Humanities Tennessee is proud to support two new projects designed to bring the humanities to rural and underserved audiences. On October 26th and 27, authors read and discussed their work during a book festival at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. This winter, the Global Education Center will host Egyptian Coptic poet Matthew Shenoda for public readings and a writing workshop at the Casa Azafran Community Center.

Matthew Shenoda is a renowned Egyptian Coptic poet currently teaching at Columbia College in Chicago. His work gives contemporary voice to traditional Egyptian narratives through the exploration of immigrant experiences and cultural divides. As part of its 2012-13 focus on artists of the modern Muslim world, the Global Education Center will host Shenoda for a reading and workshops at its new satellite location, the Casa Azafran Community Center this fall.

The Smoky Mountain Book Festival is the hoped to be the first of many such events for the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. Featuring authors from around the region, the festival focused on the regional literature and nonfiction and included plenty of activities and books for children and youth. Beginning with a keynote address from Dr. Bill Basson Friday night, the festival was free and open to the public and ran through Saturday October 27th.