readings from husband and wife writing duo will marry poetry and fiction

On Thursday, February 25, poet Beth Ann Fennelly and fiction writer Tom Franklin will visit Valencia Community College to give readings from some of their latest work.

 The readings will take place on the first floor of Valencia’s West Campus library (Building 6), from 1-2 p.m., followed by a book signing. The West Campus is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Rd. in Orlando.

Beth Ann Fennelly’s poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including “Best American Poetry,” “The Kenyon Review,” and the “Bloomsbury Review.” She has also published four books of her own. Her first, “Open House,” won the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize for a First Book. The second two, “Tender Hooks,” and “Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother,” focused on motherhood, both the joyous and raw. Fennelly’s latest book, “Unmentionables: Poems,” provides imaginative narratives and musings, including a series of poems devoted to the invasive kudzu plant.

Tom Franklin, recognized for his historical fiction, is the recipient of an Edgar Award (for distinguished work in the mystery genre) and a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been published in “New Stories from The South,” “Best American Mystery Stories of the Century,” “The Southern Review” and “The Oxford American,” among others. He has also published three books of his own: “Poachers,” a short story collection, “Hell at the Breech,” a novel set around a real-life class feud in 1890’s Alabama, and “Smonk,” a dark tale about a murderer who terrorizes a Texas town in the early 1900’s.

 Currently, Fennelly and Franklin, who are married, reside in Oxford, Mississippi, with their children Claire and Thomas. Fennelly is an associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Franklin is an ongoing writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi and is currently working on his next novel, “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.”

 This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact 407-582-3121.

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SOURCE:  Valencia News, February 11, 2010, Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College, 407-582-1778