Minton Sparks -- 2011 Spoken Word Award recipient -- is a wildly original poet, performance artist, novelist, teacher and essayist born in a Tennessee college town and raised among her Southern family in and around Arkansas. She performs with a handbag full of characters that she infuses with life through her voice, presence and occasional buck dance. A few of Sparks' performances include the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center, the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival and Midnight Cabaret, NPR's All Things Considered and the BBC's Bob Harris Show.

Speaking Schedule

Saturday, April 16
4:00 - 4:30 PM
Acceptance of the Spoken Word Award and Special Performance


Grant Support Provided By

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust - Chazen Family Foundation - The Kennedy Foundation - Lyndhurst Foundation - Public Education Foundation - Tennessee Arts Commisson - UC Foundation

Media Sponsors

Brewer Media - Chattarati - WDEF News 12 - WUTC 88.1

Program Partners

Anonymous Gift - Baylor School - Medium - Olan & Norma Mills II

Book Patrons

L. Hardwick & Kitty Caldwell - Memorial Healthcare System - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the UTC Department of English - Wild Hare Books

AEC is a funded member of Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga.

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