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Couple to give book readings at Susquehanna

Courtesy of The Crusader/Julie Buckingham
Welcome - Writers Tom Franklin and his wife Beth Ann Fennelly will be coming to Susquehanna as a part of the Visiting Writers Series.
The Writers Institute will welcome visiting writers Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly to Susquehanna for a reading in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Their reading will be a part of the 2008 Writer in Residence for the week of Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.

Franklin is the author of the widely praised "Poachers," a short story collection, "Hell at the Breech" and "Smonk," novels from HarperCollins.

He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and his work is included in "Best Mystery Stories of the Century."

His wife, Fennelly, who will also read from her work, won the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize for her collection of poems, "Open House." Her more recent collections, "Tender Hooks" and "Unmentionables," have been published to national acclaim.

This is Franklin's second visit to campus. He was the first writer to come to Susquehanna last year.

"Tom Franklin isn't just a writer, he is a creator," said junior Colleen Sidlovsky, who read "Poachers" last year in Tom Bailey's literature and culture class. "He creates a world that juxtaposes love and violence, revenge and hope; a world that makes 'Poachers' more than just a collection of short stories, but an experience."

The Writers Institute invites authors who've developed a strong rapport with students during a short-term stay to return for a weeklong residency, said Gary Fincke, director of the Writers Institute.

"Last year we invited Carolyn Forche to return, and this year we've invited Tom Franklin. Both are examples of writers [who] students were drawn to immediately," Fincke said. "That Tom is married to a fine poet Beth Ann Fennelly, gave us a chance to bring in two writers simultaneously, one in prose and one in poetry."

Franklin, a renowned author in the South, received his M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas and now teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Mississippi.
Fennelly is a professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

This event is the second in the Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the Writers Institute, which brings seven authors to campus each year.

Books by Franklin and Fennelly will be available for purchase and signing following the reading.

The next reading will be given by poet G.C. Waldrep on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

For more information about programs sponsored by the Writers Institute and upcoming events, visit


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