University of Mississippi

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey, 2017-2018 John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence and author of *Nobody is Ever Missing.*

 

The Conversation comes to Oxford on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th

The Conversation Literary Festival comes to Oxford. Second year MFA student Aziza Barnes is co-directing this inaugural southern literary festival featuring some of the country’s most celebrated African American writers. The Conversation comes to Oxford on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th.  Please click here for more details about the festival.

 

 

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MFA Program ranked sixth for Aspiring Writers

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Melissa Ginsburg

thumbnail_p1012473Melissa Ginsburg
M.F.A., Poetry, University of Iowa
Teaches Creative Writing courses in poetry and fiction as well as poetry and American literature courses.
Office: C218 Bondurant Hall

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Brevity, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and the Best American Poetry anthology. Her honors include the Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at UNC-Wilmington’s MFA program and has twice served as a faculty member for Kundiman, the Asian American writers’ retreat. She serves as poetry editor for Orion Magazine.
 
Education:
•   M.F.A., English, The Ohio State University (poetry & creative non-fiction), 2000.
•   B.A., English, The Ohio State University, 1996
 
Teaching and Research Interests:
•   poetry writing
•   creative non-fiction writing
•   environmental literature
•   nature writing
•   Asian American literature
•   contemporary poetry
 
Books:
•   World of Wonder [essays] (Milkweed Editions, forthcoming)
•   Oceanic [poems] (Copper Canyon Press, 2018)
•   Lace & Pyrite [poetry chapbook w/ Ross Gay] (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014)
•   Lucky Fish [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2011)
•   At the Drive-in Volcano [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2007)
•   Miracle Fruit [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2003)

Office:
W111 Bondurant Hall
915-6510
acnezhuk@olemiss.edu

The Wettest County in the World

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Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the World is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. Howard, the eldest brother, is an ox of a man besieged by the horrors he witnessed in the Great War; Forrest, the middle brother, is fierce, mythically indestructible, and the consummate businessman; and Jack, the youngest, has a taste for luxury and a dream to get out of Franklin. Driven and haunted, these men forge a business, fall in love, and struggle to stay afloat as they watch their family die, their father’s business fail, and the world they know crumble beneath the Depression and drought.

White mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, stump whiskey, or rotgut—whatever you called it, Franklin County was awash in moonshine in the 1920s. When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there, he christened it the “wettest county in the world.” In the twilight of his career, Anderson finds himself driving along dusty red roads trying to find the Bondurant brothers, piece together the clues linking them to “The Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy,” and break open the silence that shrouds Franklin County.

In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men—their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires—to life. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent.

Night Swimmer

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The Night Swimmer, Matt Bondurant’s utterly riveting modern gothic novel of marriage and belonging, confirms his gift for storytelling that transports and enthralls.

In a small town on the southern coast of Ireland, an isolated place only frequented by fishermen and the occasional group of bird-watchers, Fred and Elly Bulkington, newly arrived from Vermont having won a pub in a contest, encounter a wild, strange land shaped by the pounding storms of the North Atlantic, as well as the native resistance to strangers. As Fred revels in the life of a new pubowner, Elly takes the ferry out to a nearby island where anyone not born there is called a “blow-in.” To the disbelief of the locals, Elly devotes herself to open-water swimming, pushing herself to the limit and crossing unseen boundaries that drive her into the heart of the island’s troubles—the mysterious tragedy that shrouds its inhabitants and the dangerous feud between an enigmatic farmer and a powerful clan that has no use for outsiders.

The poignant unraveling of a marriage, the fierce beauty of the natural world, the mysterious power of Irish lore, and the gripping story of strangers in a strange land rife with intrigue and violence—The Night Swimmer is a novel of myriad enchantments by a writer of extraordinary talent.

Brandon Lamson Selected as 2016 Summer Poet in Residence

IMG_1717 (1)Brandon Dean Lamson teaches literature and creative writing in the Honors College at the University of Houston. His first book, Starship Tahiti, won the Juniper Prize for Poetry and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Many of the poems in the collection are based on his experience of teaching inmates on Rikers Island. He is also the author of a chapbook entitled Houston Gothic (LaMunde Press, 2007) and his recent work has appeared in Poetry Daily, Brilliant Corners, NO INFINITE, Synecdoche, and Buddhadharma Quarterly. An avid yogi, he teaches yoga and meditation classes and has led workshops that explore the relationship between yoga and the creative arts.

M.F.A. Program Raises Funds with Unconventional Reading

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil

nezhukumatathil.purpleAimee Nezhukumatathil, 2016-2017 John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence and author of *Lucky Fish.*