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Humanities Tennessee seeks interns for unpaid positions in support of  the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word. This position is for 18-24 hours per week, for a minimum period of ten weeks, in the Humanities Tennessee office in Nashville.

The Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the humanities and who encourage the humanities to be an important part of their students’ lives. Each of the recipients, selected from a pool of nominees from across the state, receive a $2,000 fellowship to further their professional development in the humanities, and their schools receive $1,500 for humanities programs and materials.

The 2017 recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award are:

Don't miss the application deadline for the TN Young Writers' Workshop. Apply today!

After engaging school visits with Kristin Tubb (Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different) at Vanleer Elementary School in Dickson and Tracy Barrett (Dark of the Moon) at Forrest School in Chapel Hill, author Helen Hemphill will visit East Middle School in Tullahoma on May 8 to share with students her adventures in researching and writing The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones.

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman will appear at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, July 10 as part of his final signing tour for his new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman’s Nashville appearance is presented by Parnassus Books in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, and War Memorial Auditorium.

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the nine students from across Tennessee who won top honors in the statewide Letters About Literature writing contest which encourages students to read, reflect, connect, and write. 

The Salon@615 author series has announced its spring event list, including Becca Stevens, Anne Lamott, Elizabeth Strout, Cheryl Strayed, Isabel Allende, and Augusten Burroughs.

The series is hosted by Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, the Nashville Public Library, and the Nashville Public Library Foundation.Together, these partners nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting author talks and book signings to our community.

Humanities Tennessee has joined the Illinois Humanities Council and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a promotional partner in the national Looking@Democracy contest.

Looking@Democracy is a national competition to bring attention to ideas, perspectives and stories that are not currently featured in our mainstream political conversation.

TYWW Class of 2014Do 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 these two residential creative writing workshops: 

The Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin were featured topics of a public discussion in Humboldt.

Humanities Tennessee’s literary website,, has won the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize from the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The prize is awarded for innovative programs that have had a significant impact on citizens, organizations, or communities in their states. 


Each year the National Endowment for the Humanities hosts numerous summer programs for educators. The workshops and seminars cover a variety of topics in the humanities and are free of charge with stipends available for travel and other costs. If you are or you know a school, college, or university educator, take a look at the 2013 list of opportunities here.

Deadlines vary for application, so take a look soon and often!

The Board of Directors of Humanities Tennessee has named Tim Henderson as Executive Director of the organization following outgoing President Robert Cheatham’s retirement at the end of the year.

Philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers have donated 500 copies of the recent book The Art of Community: Janet and Jim Ayers’ Collection of Tennessee Art, to Humanities Tennessee. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Humanities Tennessee programs, including the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word.

Humanities Tennessee's statewide reading and discussion program, Making Sense of the American Civil War, wraps up at the Chattanooga Public Library on November 13th and has averaged 26 participants for each discussion so far. The conversation will soon move to three more cities across the state in January and February.

The Parsons & Greater Area Museum and the Pleasant Hill Historical Society/Pioneer Hall Museum are both embarking on projects to strengthen their relationships with their local schools by providing students with insightful museum programs that meet the educational goals required of teachers.

Student Reader Day events this fall were bigger and better than ever thanks to generous grants from the Nashville Predators Foundation and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. We were able to send seven wonderful authors from this year’s Southern Festival of Books program to eight Title 1 elementary, middle, and high schools and we were able to purchase more than 1,600 books for participating students to keep to start (or add to) their own personal library.

To be part of the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word as a reader, an author, or a volunteer is to be part of the larger literary community that comes together in Nashville every October. For three days, panel discussions, readings, and signings connect writers with readers.  This year, more than 60 exhibitors, three performance stages, and Nashville’s best food trucks helped to make the weekend a true celebration for book lovers.

The Humanities Tennessee Authors Bureau provides authors for community visits. The bureau is a program of Humanities Tennessee, with support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. There is no cost to programs for this service. 

"Who was your favorite teacher growing up?" I love asking this question because no one ever responds with "Hmmm...I don't know." Everyone has at least one teacher who made a difference in their lives, whether imparting a love of literature, the Scientific Method, or simply by being a mentor and setting an example worth following. Often unsung and ever underpaid, such teachers are vital to our lives and the life of our communities. By nominating a teacher for the 2013 Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities, you can give a little back to those who have given so much to us.

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 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.

This fall, Humanities Tennessee, in partnership with the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Parnassus Books, is excited to present an outstanding lineup of authors for the Salon@615 series at the Main Library in Downtown Nashville.  The following have been confirmed: Molly Ringwald, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, Michael Chabon, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Dennis Lehane, Mem Fox, Emma Donoghue, Barbara Kingsolver, Jon Meacham.

Each year, Humanities Tennessee provides funding support to Knoxville Public Library for the Children's Festival of Reading and to the Tennessee Historical Society in support of Tennessee History Day, the state competition for National History Day. Each of these programs promotes education in the humanities for the youth of Tennessee.

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Writtten WordSM marks its 24th anniversary October 12-14th in Nashville. We’re celebrating the Festival season with announcements, contests, and giveaways via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.