The first event of the Tusculum College English Department’s 2009-2010 Humanities Series, held November 3, featured Dr. Desirae Matherly, assistant professor of English, reading a personal, nonfiction essay. The event was titled “A Reading in Nonfiction by Desirae Matherly.” Matherly spoke to a full house of nearly 50 attendees and read a non-published work focused on the writing of personal essays.
Having joined the faculty of Tusculum College just this year, Dr. Matherly also serves as nonfiction editor of “The Tusculum Review.” Her work has been anthologized in “The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2,” and in 2008 and 2009 her essays were listed as Notable in Best American Essays. Her recent work appears in “Pleiades, Southern Humanities Review” and “Lake Effect.”
The next event in the Humanities Series will be a presentation by Catherine Meeks, a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, on the Tennessee Valley Authority. The event will be Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center.