Carson-Newman hosts celebrated author and alumna Marianne Worthington for homecoming event

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – As part of its homecoming week festivities, Carson-Newman University will host author and 1984 alumna Marianne Worthington for its Henrietta Jenkins Memorial Poetry Reading on Friday, Nov. 4. In its 13th year, the annual event honors one of C-N’s beloved professors.

Free and open to the public, the reading is set for 4 p.m. in Thomas Recital Hall located in Tarr Music Center.

A Knoxville native and southeastern Kentucky resident, Worthington is author of the 2021 poetry collection, “The Girl Singer.” Her work appears in such publications as “Oxford American,” “CALYX” and “Appalachian Review.” She co-edited “Piano in a Sycamore: Writing Lessons from the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop” and is author of a poetry chapbook.

“Marianne Worthington’s work in Girl Singer captures a range of emotion across time and space while you can sense music lingering in the background the whole time,” said Dr. Wesley McMasters, director of the Appalachian Cultural Center, which is sponsoring the event. “Her reading will be a wonderful addition to homecoming weekend.”

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