Society program features Allen Wier
Distinguished author and University of Tennessee at Knoxville English
professor Allen Wier will present the Connor Society’s
second program of the year on September 27 in the UTC Fine Arts
Wier will address two groups on campus Monday, September 27:
At 3 p.m. Wier will be reading from his work in the Flag Room
of the Guerry Center. The program is shaped for the UTC Honor’s
Program, however the event is open to all.
- At 7 p.m. Wier will deliver his remarks during the Connor
program in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall. The event is free
and open to the public.
The Connor Society was established last year to celebrate the
life of George Connor, an enormously influential individual
on and off
the UTC campus in his roles as teacher, administrator and
A reception honoring Wier, the author of the novels A
Place for Outlaws, Departing as Air and Blanco, and celebrating Connor’s
life will begin at
5:30 p.m. in the Patten House on the UTC campus. UTC Interim
Chancellor Fred Obear will host the occasion. Former Mayor
Gene Roberts and
former Chattanooga Times columnist Bill Casteel will present
readings from Connor’s writings.
Cost for the reception is $25, with all proceeds going to the
Connor Society for future programs. Individuals who would like
the reception are asked to mail a check payable to The Connor
Society to 732 Cherry Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.
Wier holds the Hodges’ Chair for Distinguished Teaching
at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has also taught
Carnegie-Mellon University, Hollins College and the University
A short story writer and essayist, Wier is a member of the
Fellowship of Southern Writers and has been featured at sessions
Chattanooga Conference on Southern Literature. In 1997 he received
one of the
Fellowship’s most prestigious awards, the Robert Penn
Warren Award recognizing an outstanding young Southern writer
Wier is also recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant
from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Dobie-Paisan
from the University of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters.
The UTK professor was featured on the cover of the spring 2004
issue of the UT Alumnus magazine.
Wier recently completed a novel about the Comanche wars in
Texas, Cloud of Witnesses, as well as a literary thriller novel,
for Skin. He is completing a volume of new and selected short
Author and theologian Frederick Buechner spoke at the first
Connor Society event of the year in April.