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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. 

Humanities Tennessee partners with Vanderbilt University in workshop to create digitized artifacts for a travelling exhibit as well as the creation of an oral history archive to collect and present the stories of Tennesseans.

Young Tennessee Historians Advance to National Competition; two win Humanities Tennessee-sponsored special prize 

The $10,000 Art Works grant supports the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books. 

After reading 1,534 letters and narrowing down the honorable mentions, we are pleased to announce the winners of this year's contest. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners!

Watch Fowler's event at Maplewood High School. 

The Salon@615 series welcomes authors Lorrie Moore and Susan Minot to Montgomery Bell Academy on Saturday, March 29 at 4:00 pm. The free author reading series is presented by partners Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, Nasville Public Library, and Nashville Public Library Foundation.


Humanities Tennessee joins Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation and Parnassus Books to launch the third Nashville Reads campaign. This year’s Nashville Reads novel is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.


Humanities Tennessee asked new board members Judy Drescher, Shawn Pitts, and Karen Lewis about their backgrounds, their love of the humanities, and their passion for the work of Humanities Tennessee. Learn about them here!

 We received 1,534 entries in this year’s Letters About Literature contest. Thank you to all of the students who participated this year. We heard from students reacting to Maya Angelou, Melba Patillo Beals, Ray Bradbury, Suzanne Collins, John Green, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Ruta Sepetys, Amy Tan, and many more. Congratulations to the following schools with students receiving honorable mentions... 


Twenty-two Tennesseans statewide receive scholarships to attend an annual museum conference and exhibit workshop.

Humanities Tennessee's new funding priority encourages projects that build mutual respect among Tennesseans.

Nashville attorney Kate Stephenson has been named chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, a member organization for the 55 state and territorial humanities councils that provides support for the councils and creates greater awareness of and participation in humanities programs across America.