Reading Series November 2017

November 17 2017

Rudyard's Pub
2010 Waugh Drive

07 00 pm

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She's won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Beth Ann has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, all with W. W. Norton. Beth Ann's poetry has been in over fifty anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1996, 2005, and 2006, The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Poets of the New Century, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and in textbooks such as Contemporary American Poetry and Literature.

In recent years, Beth Ann's written more prose. A book of essays, Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother, was published by Norton in 2006. In 2013, Beth Ann and her husband, Tom Franklin, co-authored a novel, The Tilted World, published by HarperCollins and set during the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River. Beth Ann's newest book, to be published by W. W. Norton in October '17, is Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs.

A contributing editor to The Oxford American, she also writes freelance on travel, culture, and design for many magazines. Recent nonfiction awards include the Orlando Award in Nonfiction from A Room of Her Own, the Lamar York Prize from The Chattachoochee Review and the Porter Fleming Award for Excellence in the Essay. She's the first woman honored with the University of Notre Dame's Distinguished Alumni in the Arts Award.

Beth Ann lives with her husband and their three children, Anna Claire, Thomas and Nolan, in Oxford, Mississippi.

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and has enjoyed high praise from The New York Times, NPR's Fresh Air, and Publishers Weekly. Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon's Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA in poetry.

Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Kenyon Review, Image, Colorado Review, TriQuarterly Online, The Rumpus, Meridian, and elsewhere. She's been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Civitella Ranieri foundation, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the University of Mississippi, where she was a John and Renée Grisham fellow.

She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she is the inaugural Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at The Oxford American magazine and at work on a collection of essays about disability, poetry, religion, and the American South that explores the relationship between the body and that intangible other we sometimes call the soul.

Theodora Bishop's poetry and short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Short Fiction(England), among other journals, anthologies,
and exhibits. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, Bishop was the winner of The Cupboard's 2015 contest for her short story chapbook, Mother Tongues, judged by Matt Bell. Theodora Bishop holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston. Her novella, On the Rocks, is forthcoming from Texas Review Press.

Justin Jannise holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has appeared in the Yale Review, North American Review and The Awl. He lives in Houston, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.