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Two Authors to Come to SU For Weeklong Visit

Sept. 24, 2008

The Writers Institute at Susquehanna University will welcome visiting writers Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly to campus as the 2008 Writers in Residence Sept. 29 - Oct. 3. They will present a reading from their works in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Franklin is the author of the widely praised Poachers, a short story collection, and Hell at the Breech and Smonk, novels from Harper Collins.  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 first 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 Susquehanna. He was the first writer to come to campus last year, and immediately won over students with his engaging reading.
The Writers Institute invites authors who've developed a strong rapport with students during a short-term stay to return for a weeklong residency, explained Gary Fincke, director of the Writers Institute.

“Last year, we invited Carolyn Forché to return, and this year, we've invited Tom Franklin. Both are examples of writers that students were drawn to immediately,” said Fincke.  “That Tom is married to a fine poet, Beth Ann Fennelley, 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. The reading is open to the public, and 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.

Contact: Gerald Cohen

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