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Veterans initiative offers new, statewide program opportunities.

The Festival lives on! Check out these non-fiction panels and solo sessions from the recent Southern Festival of Books. View sessions here.

Attention all students, educators, and parents: the official guidelines for the 2015 Letters About Literature contest are now available. Encourage your 4th-12th grader to enter today! LAL meets Common Core Standards for Writing and can be easily incorporated into the classroom. You can download the complete entry form and guidelines here.

The worlds of music and literature will collide on Oct. 11 for a Literary Death Match, presented by the Southern Festival of Books, the Porch Writers’ Collective and Third Man Records. The collaboration will bring together an always eclectic mix of Nashville’s music, literary lovers and creators for an exciting, live event in the name of the written word.

Event Brings Together Art, Music and Food for a Free Weekend of Family-Friendly Fun, Oct. 10-12

Award-Winning and Popular Authors, Hands-On Activities and Vibrant Performances Spell Family-Friendly Fun

*UPDATE: This year's dinner is currently at capacity.* Please contact Alexis Stevens at (615) 770-0006 ext. 14 to be placed on a waiting list for tickets should space become available. Thank you!

We at Humanities Tennessee are excited to share with you the schedule for the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, October 10-12, in Nashville. You are able to create your own schedule with this link. Enjoy, and we hope to see you on the Plaza! 

Anne McCue, R.B. Morris, Julie Christensen and “Adie Grey” MacKenzie Among Featured Performers

The Tennessee Arts Commission, in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, is proud to present Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. This program for high school students seeks to foster the next generation of readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry recitation and performance and building on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form. Encourage your local high school to participate!

Humanities Tennessee will be working with various groups around the state to coordinate new programs to engage Tennessee's veterans in questions about our roles and responsibilities in service to each other and our nation.

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to support a series of guided tours sponsored by Lipscomb University as part of its project to acknowledge the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Nashville.

Grants totalling $14,393 go to four Tennessee organizations for public humanities projects.

Check out the work of students who attended the Appalachian and Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshops this summer. You’ll love these fresh young voices!

Read the AYWW Anthology here, and the TYWW Anthology here

Please click below for a list of the authors confirmed for the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word. 

Thanks to the authors, publishers, sponsors and individual donors who make the Festival happen every year. Please support the organizations that support the Southern Festival of Books! 

2014 Southern Festival of Books author list

The United States Senate today voted to confirm Dr. William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

"Stories are the way we human beings organize our thoughts, our questions, our memories; and language is our best medium for telling stories. Without the humanities—literature and history and philosophy and all the other disciplines within the liberal arts—we would have no way of sharing those stories, of making connections between our lives and the lives of others." 

Twenty-seven high school students honed their creative writing talents during the 3rd annual Appalachian Young Writers’ Workshop in Harrogate.

The East Nashville Hope Exchange kicked off its summer program, "My Family, My Community, My World," last week, and forty-two children are knee deep in books, art, and FUN! The program is funded in part through a grant from Humanities Tennessee. 

Representing Tennessee at this year's national competition were 58 middle and high school students who developed entries based on this year's theme, "Rights and Responsibilities in History."

Three Tennessee organizations receive grants totalling $18,640 for public humanities projects. 


Humanities Tennessee seeks unpaid interns for summer and fall in support of the 28th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Wordsm

Read about all of our programs, grants, and events from last year. 

The bilingual traveling exhibit moves to Murfreesboro after stops in Knoxville and Nashville.