Beth Ann Fennelly, GPC 2004-2005
Ann Fennelly received her MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas, where
she was a Lily Peter Fellow. She teaches at the University of Mississippi,
where she is currently an Associate Professor of English. Fennelly was
awarded a $50,000 inaugural grant from United States Artists Foundation, a
National Endowment for the Arts Award, and a grant from the Illinois Arts
Council. She has won a Pushcart Prize, the Wood Award for Distinguished
Writing from The Carolina
Quarterly, and The Black Warrior Review Poetry
Contest, as well as residencies from the University of Arizona and MacDowell
and fellowships from Sewanee and Bread Loaf. Her poems have been published
in TriQuarterly, Shenandoah,
APR, The Believer, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry Ireland Review, among
other journals, and in over forty anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1996, 2005,
and 2006. Fennelly
has published three full-length poetry books. Her first, Open House, won The 2001 Kenyon Review Prize and the
Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award. Her second book, Tender Hooks, and her third,
were published by W. W. Norton in 2004 and 2008. In 2005, her nonfiction was
awarded a Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. A book of essays, Great With Child: Letters to a Young
Mother, was published by Norton in 2006. Fennelly lives in
Oxford, Mississippi, with her husband, novelist Tom Franklin, their daughter,
Claire, and their toddler, Thomas. She spent the spring of 2009 in Brazil on a
Fulbright grant studying the work of Elizabeth Bishop.
“Kudzu.” (A video for National
Poetry Month, by United States Artists). Youtube.
Waved: A Dream Song Cycle.” Blackbird.
Fall 2007 Vol. 6. No. 2.
“From the Desk
of Commissioner Gordon.” The Southeast
“On Poetry and the Reallocation of
Concentration: Learning to Forget.” Poets.org.
“Interview.” Curled Up With A Good Book.
Mississippi Writers’ Page, an Interview with Fennelly.
“Because People Will Ask What My Daughter Will Think of my Poems When She’s 16,” poemsoutloud.net.