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We are thrilled to release the author list for the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word! Please note that we will continue updating this list until Festival weekend (Oct. 12-14, 2018). 


We are pleased to present our 2017 annual report. Read all about our programs, grants, events, supporters, and financial statements. Thank you to all who helped make 2017 a wonderful year!

The national Letters About Literature competition selected White Station High School student Sukanya Barman's letter to Laurie Halse Anderson about her book Catalyst out of 46,800 entries for a Level 3 National Honor Award. Congratulations, Sukanya! Tennessee is proud of you.

More than 900 students entered the statewide contest this year, with winners hailing from West and Middle Tennessee. 

The Art Works grant will support the 30th annual Southern Festival of Books and other literary programs throughout the state.

Humanities TN is excited to take part in this community-wide day of giving for the fifth year in a row. On Wednesday, May 2, show your support! Visit for more information.

The latest newsletter includes information about upcoming exhibits, events, grants, and more. Click here to read it now!

The 2018 Young Writers' Workshops are quickly approaching. Read a letter from past years' Workshop participants and learn how you can support and encourage these aspiring young writers!

A celebrated TV anchor is taken off air. Fake news lurks on social media. The sole-remaining alt-weekly is put up for sale. This is the modern media milieu in Music City. Humanities Tennessee and PEN America join forces to explore the health of Nashville's local press and its power to engage and inform citizens. Join us for this entertaining and interactive event. 

The latest newsletter includes information about upcoming exhibits, events, grants, and more. Click here to read it now!

This year's LAL postmark deadline has been extended to Friday, January 19th, due to inclement weather and resultant school closures and delays. Please contact us with questions.

From sending the Smithsonian exhibit Water|Ways to state parks in every corner of the state, to supporting a documentary film on Vietnam veterans in East Tennessee, to hosting the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Humanities Tennessee’s activities this year have engaged hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in discovering and being a part of our stories. Help us continue this mission in 2018.

Meet Patrick Shaffner, Humanities Tennessee's newest Program Officer for our Literature & Language programs, including the Southern Festival of Books, Young Writers' Workshops, Salon@615, Student Reader Days, and more.

It was a year of change at the 29th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word. Read a recap of the weekend here. Thank you to everyone who made the Festival possible! 

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Southern Festival of Books schedule. Please check this page regularly, as we will keep session changes posted. Thanks, and we hope to see you on the Plaza!  

Humanities Tennessee offers our support and solidarity to our colleagues at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and all those affected by the recent demonstrations of bigotry and intolerance in Charlottesville...[more] 

CLICK HERE to view the full list of 2017 Southern Festival of Books authors. We will continue to update this list until Festival weekend, Oct. 13-15, so check back regularly! 

We are thrilled to announce that our friends at Parnassus Books will be hosting a very special evening with John Grisham to benefit Humanities Tennessee. 

Join us on Saturday, July 8th, for the 2017 Southern Festival of Books Reveal Party at Parnassus Books. We will be announcing the first author list for this year's festival. The night will include music, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks. Space is limited, so please RSVP here

This year, as we celebrate the 20th annual Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop and the 6th annual Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop, we ask for your support in helping Tennessee's aspiring young writers to find their literary voices and to develop skills that will last them a lifetime. 

The Big Payback annual giving day is returning on Wednesday, May 3rd, and Humanities Tennessee is excited to take part in this monumental event for the fourth time. 

The President's budget calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other cultural agencies. It is important both to call and to write legislators to let them know you oppose these cuts. Ideally, they would hear from as many Tennesseans as possible right now to have a sense of how these programs are meaningful to communities all over the state. Save the humanities!