University of Mississippi

Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of Mississippi in 2011.  Fennelly has published three full-length poetry books (Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables) and a book of nonfiction (Great with Child) all with W. W.  Norton.  She also writes essays on travel, culture, and design for Country Living, Southern Living, AFAR, Garden and Gun, The Oxford American, and others.  The Tilted World, the novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, published in 2013 (HarperCollins), is an Indie Next pick and has been translated into five languages. They live in Oxford with their three children.


  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. magna cum laude
  • University of Arkansas, M.F.A.
  • University of Wisconsin, Diane Middlebrook Fellowship

Honors and Awards

• Top 20 Arts and Humanities Professor in Mississippi, 2013, and UM Humanities Teacher of the Year, Mississippi Humanities Council, 2011.

• The Subiaco Award for Literary Merit, 2012

• Fulbright to Brazil, 2009

• United States Artist Grant, 2006

The Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest, 2006

• Grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission in Poetry (2010) and Nonfiction (2006) and the State of Illinois Arts Council in poetry (2001)

• Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in poetry (2002).

•Fellowships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee

• Residencies from MacDowell and the University of Arizona

• Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of Wisconsin (1998-1999).

•Winner of a Pushcart Prize and three times included in The Best American Poetry series.

Winner of The Kenyon Review Prize for a First Book, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and a Booksense Top Ten Poetry Pick

• Read Poetry at the Library of Congress at the invitation of the U.S. Poet Laureate.



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