The L. R. Hesler Award is named for a longtime head of the botany department who also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Hesler’s students, colleagues, and friends established this memorial award to recognize exceptional teaching and service.
Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English Marilyn Kallet has been a dedicated leader of the poetry community on campus and in the Knoxville area since joining the faculty in 1981. She is the author of 18 books, including How Our Bodies Learned, The Love That Moves Me and Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, poetry from Black Widow Press. She has translated Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems, Péret’s The Big Game, and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s Disenchanted City. For a decade, Kallet has led poetry workshops for VCCA-France, in Auvillar. She has performed her poems on campuses and in theaters across the United States as well as in France and Poland, as a guest of the US Embassy’s America Presents program. Her public service readings and workshops have been held at the Cancer Care Community, Kingston Academy, Knox Heritage, Ijam’s Nature Center, Tulsa Women’s Prison, and Tulsa Domestic Violence Intervention Services, among many other places.