Mississippi Stories: Beth Ann Fennelly

In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi’s esteemed Poet Laureate 2016-2021, author and teacher Ole Miss Beth Ann Fennelly sits down with Mississippi Today editor Marshall Ramsey to talk about her writing, creativity and how she weathers setbacks.

Fennelly is the author of three collections of poetry: Below (WW Norton, 2008), tender hooks (WW Norton, 2004), and Open day (Zoo Press, 2002), which won the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize, the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award and a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick. She is also the author of the non-fiction book Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother (WW Norton, 2007) and co-author, alongside her husband Tom Franklin, of the novel The Tilted World (HarperCollins, 2014). His sixth book, Heating and air conditioning: 52 micro-memories (WW Norton, 2017), was named Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Best Book, Goodreaders Favorite of 2017, and winner of the Housatonic Book Award.

Fennelly teaches in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children. You can buy Heating and air conditioning: 52 micro-memories at Square Books.

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Mississippi Stories: Beth Ann Fennelly

In this episode of Mississippi Stories, estimated 2016 – 2021 Mississippi Poet Laureate, author and teacher Ole Miss Beth Ann Fennelly sits down with Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey to talk about her writing, creativity, and how she goes through setbacks.

Fennelly is the author of three collections of poetry: Unmentionables (WW Norton, 2008), Tender Hooks (WW Norton, 2004) and open-house (Zoo Press, 2002), which won the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize, the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award and a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick. She is also the author of the non-fiction book Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother (WW Norton, 2007) and co-author, alongside her husband Tom Franklin, of the novel The Tilted World (HarperCollins, 2014). His sixth book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memories (WW Norton, 2017), was named Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Best Book, Goodreaders Favorite of 2017, and winner of the Housatonic Book Award.

Fennelly teaches in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children. You can buy Heating & Cooling: 52 micro-memories on Square Books.

This item was first published on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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