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Kentucky author to deliver Palmer lecture at Cumberlands


Jim Tomlinson will be the guest speaker at the 2009 Dr. Robert L. Palmer Memorial Lecture.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands English Department has announced that Kentucky author Jim Tomlinson will present the Dr. Robert L. Palmer Memorial Lecture for 2009. The Palmer lectureship was established by Dr. Palmer’s nephew, Jackson, Mississippi, businessman and U. S. Ambassador to Portugal, John Palmer to honor his uncle.

The Dr. Robert L. Palmer Memorial Lecture will be at 7:30 p.m., October 22 in the Gatliff Chapel on campus and is free and open to the public.

Each year an outstanding author is invited to UC’s campus to present a public lecture/reading and to visit certain university classes. Jim Tomlinson will be the nineteenth Palmer lecturer, having been preceded by such well known authors as Jim Wayne Miller, Billy Collins, Frank X Walker, Natalie Kusz and Rita Quillen.

Jim Tomlinson was born and raised in a small Illinois town and now lives in Berea with his wife, fiber artist Gin Petty. Winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award for his first collection of stories, “Thing Kept, Things Left Behind,” Tomlinson’s work has appeared in The Pinch, Bellevue Literary Review, Shenandoah, and Sou’wester, and was included in “New Stories from the South 2008.” Tomlinson was awarded the 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.