Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - F
Beth Ann Fennelly has won grants from the National Education Association (NEA) and United States Artists as well as a Fulbright Scholarship to Brazil. Her honors include the Kenyon Review Prize and three inclusions in The Best American Poetry. Fennelly has published three volumes of poetry along with her nonfiction book, Great with Child. She directs the University of Mississippi's MFA program where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Fennelly is married to author Tom Franklin. They live in Oxford, Miss., with their three children.
Alison Fensterstock is a New Orleans-based music journalist. From 2006 to 2009, she wrote an award-winning music column for the city's alt-weekly, the Gambit. Her writing on roots music and New Orleans rap has appeared in MOJO, Vibe, Q, Paste, Spin and Oxford American’s annual music issue. Her Gambit cover story on gay and transgender bounce artists in New Orleans, Sissy Strut, was selected for an honorable mention in the Da Capo Press’s Best American Music Writing 2009.
Peggy Frankland lives in Sulphur, La., and has served environmentalism in many capacities, notably as president of Calcasieu League for Environmental Action Now in Lake Charles.
Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was nominated for nine awards and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include the Edgar-winning story, Poachers, from the collection under the same title, as well as Hell at the Breech and Smonk. Winner of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.
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