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It takes a year to produce the Festival, and a few hours to pack it all up on Sunday night. This year, as every year, we are profoundly grateful to the organizations, donors, volunteers and writers who made it all happen once again. We hope you made it your Festival, and we’ll do it again next year! 

Poet Bobby C. Rogers, a professor at Union University in Jackson, has received the prestigious 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Rogers will be honored at a reading and reception on Tues., Nov. 17 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The event is free to the public and begins with at 6:30 pm. 

4th-12th graders are encouraged to READ!, BE INSPIRED!, and WRITE! Entry deadline is January 11, 2016.

Humanitites Tennessee and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities are pleased to present this special track of sessions at the 27th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, October 9-11, 2015.

Humanities Tennessee presents the 2nd annual Literary Death Match, a fundraiser for the Southern Festival of Books. Literary Death Match presents a  thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. 

Create your own schedule, get up to the minute changes, and more!

 
 

 

Read about the exciting events coming up as part of the Southern Festival of Books, October 9-11 in downtown Nashville. 

Dive in and see what these fresh young voices are writing in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, lyrics, fantasy, and more!

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Panelists at green|spaces considered the roles of jobs policy and education policy and the roles of various community sectors in meeting the challenges of Chattanooga’s future. 

 

Through a series of public events with the Bittersweet Harvest exhibit, the Center was able to reach new audiences and cultivate partnerships with community organizations and Latino churches and businesses. 

Grants from the Metro Arts Commission, TN Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and Nissan Foundation total nearly $100,000.

The Promise Land Community Club educates and inspires by hosting open conversations about race relations in America. 

As this article posts, elementary students from East Nashville are participating in one of the country’s most innovative summer reading programs.

Read all about our FY2014 programs, grants, supporters, and financial information. Thank you to everyone who helped us make 2014 a success! 

Every year, Humanities Tennessee provides up to six outstanding educators with awards of $3,500 for professional development and classroom resources.

"The Way We Worked" and "Bittersweet Harvest" travel to Nashville, Chattanooga, and Morristown.

Young historians from across the state gathered in Nashville on April 11th to compete in the 2015 Tennessee History Day Competition. 

Young writers from Memphis and Christiana shine in this year's contest. Congratulations to all nine winners! Read the winning letters here.

Visiting 3 high schools for this spring's Student Reader Day events, de la Peña talks reading, basketball, writing poetry, and finding your passion.

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to award 20 scholarships to community volunteers to attend the 2015 Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) Conference in Jackson, March 18-20.

Do you know a young creative person that likes to write, has journals full of stories and poems, likes to practice songwriting or comic books? Mark your calendar for  two upcoming residential creative writing workshops.
 

On March 26, the internationally celebrated musicians played a very special, intimate show to benefit the programs of Humanities Tennessee. 

Requested amount for the National Endowment for the Humanities is a $1.9 million increase over current fiscal year.