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Sybil Baker
Book Discussion: Immigration Essays
Author; UC Foundation Professor, English
Sybil Baker teaches creative writing, including novel writing, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She is the author of 'Immigration Essays', which is UTC’s Read2Achieve selection for 2018-2019. She is also the author of four works of fiction: 'The Life PlanTalismans, Into This World', and most recently 'While You Were Gone'. She teaches for the Yale Writers' Workshop and in the Vermont College of Fine Art’s low residency international MFA. She was a featured writer at the American Writers' Festival in Singapore and was a Visiting Professor at Middle Eastern Technical University in North Cyprus. She has received Outstanding Teacher and Creative Scholarship Awards from UTC's College of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded two MakeWork Artist Grants and a 2017 Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission..

Book Discussion: Immigration Essays


In Immigration Essays, the 2018 Read2Achieve book, Sybil Baker offers a provocative investigation into the ways that people leave home, and the reasons why. Using photos, literature, and her own family’s slave-owning history, Baker excavates her own past as well as Chattanooga’s to try and understand the ghosts that haunt her and the city she inhabits. Baker will explore themes from the book as they relate to issues of equity, diversity and inclusive excellence.