- Faculty and Staff
Roy Neil Graves
Professor of English
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Since 1969, Dr. Graves has worked as a generalist with eclectic interests including rhetoric, poetry, American literature, black writers, and coterie aspects of early literature. His unique findings in Shakespeare's Sonnets, documented on his website, have sparked interest since 1979. He has presented numerous conference papers and published a range of critical articles in Phylon, Upstart Crow, Spenser Studies, Arizona Studies (ASMAR), The Explicator, and elsewhere. Other pieces came out in The Christian Science Monitor and Runner's World. His poems appear in magazines, anthologies, and two chapbooks, one the outcome of a 1987 Mid-South poetry competition. His writing awards include undergraduate prizes at Princeton (1960-61) and first-place recognition among Southern Poets Over Fifty (Kennesaw State, 2002). Standard anthologies of Tennessee writers include his poems (UT Press, 1986, 1996). In 1997, Graves received the Cunningham award as a teacher/scholar at UTM. Abstracts of his career appear in Contemporary Authors (2001, 2007) and elsewhere.
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