Author, UTC Faculty Member Sybil Baker To Offer Lecture

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sybil Baker, UC Foundation Assistant Professor in The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of English and a Pushcart Prize nominee, will present a lecture on Tuesday, January 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. The Outreach Program of the UTC Library is the sponsor of the “Introduction to the author and her works.

”  The public is welcome and there is no charge.

Named one of "today's strongest emerging talents in literary fiction and poetry" by The Huffington Post, Ms. Baker has written The Life PlanTalismans, and Into This World.  She serves as Fiction Editor for Drunken Boat, a journal of art and literature.

Ms. Baker teaches at UTC as well as in the City University of Hong Kong's MFA program and at the Yale Writers' Conference. She was a Visiting Writer at the American Writers Festival in Singapore, where she was awarded the National Critics Choice Best New Cross Cultural Literary Fiction and Poetry Writer of the Year. She is a recipient of Chattanooga's MakeWork Grant. 

“I will focus on living abroad and coming back to the States and the effect that has had on my writing. I'll also talk about how to write about other cultures and some of the research I did for my latest novel,” Ms. Baker explained.

 


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