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Tennessee Poet and Writer Marilou Awiakta Will Speak April 18
For release: April 3, 2006
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Cherokee/Appalachian poet and writer Marilou Awiakta will speak at the University of Memphis April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Psychology auditorium. Her talk is titled "Corn: A Teacher of Healthful Globalization." The event is free and open to the public.

Students in this semester's Honors Program Humanities Global Challenge Course are studying Awiakta's essay "Tellico: End of the Trail" from Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom.

Awiakta was born in Knoxville and spent her early life in Oak Ridge. She creates a unique weaving of her Cherokee and Appalachian heritages with science to express her basic theme: "Respect for the Web of Life." Her poetry and essays have been published in numerous anthologies, and she has been featured in three television films for PBS. Her life and work are profiled in the Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the U.S.

She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1958 with a BA degree in English and French.

Awiakta's lecture is sponsored by the University Honors Program. For more information, call 901-678-2690 or e-mail cbradley@memphis.edu.

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