For release: October 5, 2010
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>Married writers Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin will visit the University of Memphis
River City Writers Series for a series of events Wednesday, Oct. 20. They will conduct
a joint interview at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456, and both writers will
read from their works at 8 p.m. in the University Center River Room.
Beth Ann Fennelly
Separately, Fennelly will give a poetry workshop at 2:30 p.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456, and Franklin will present a fiction workshop at 2:30 p.m., in Patterson Hall, Room 304.
All River City Writers Series events are free and open to the public.
Fennelly is an associate professor at the University of Mississippi. She received
a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Award and a 2006 United States Artists (USA)
grant. Fennelly has published three books of poetry: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables. A book of essays, Great with Child, was published in 2006. Her poems have been reprinted in Best American Poetry 1996, 2005, and 2006, Contemporary American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, and Poets of the New Century. Fennelly won a Fulbright grant to Brazil, where she spent the spring of 2009 with
her husband and two young children.
Franklin received his MFA from the University of Arkansas, where he met Fennelly.
After finishing his degree, he published his first book, Poachers:Stories. His novels include Smonk and Hell at the Breech. Franklin was named the John and Renee Grisham Chair in Creative Writing at Ole Miss.
He currently is writer-in-residence there, teaching graduate fiction seminars and
workshops. Franklin’s novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letterwas released this month.
The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of English, the Hohenberg
Foundation, the Creative Writing Club, and Richard Bausch, the Moss Chair of Excellence.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-678-4692.