SouthBound: Beth Ann Fennelly

Hosted by Chattanooga State's Writers@Work and Star Line Books


Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30pm

Star Line Books

1467 Market St #106, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Stop by the Southside at Chattanooga’s only independent bookstore, Star Line Books for light refreshments and an intimate gathering with Poet Laureate of Mississippi Beth Ann Fennelly. After hearing a few choice bits from her newest collection, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, stick around to chat and get your copy signed. The event is free, but seating is limited. Register now to reserve your seat.

About Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She has received many awards and honors for her writing, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, United States Artists, and the Illinois and Mississippi Arts Councils. She has also received a Pushcart Prize, the Wood Award from The Carolina Quarterly, and won The Black Warrior Review Contest. Perhaps her highest honor to date came in 2016 when she was named the Poet Laureate of Mississippi, a position she still holds.  


Fennelly’s work includes three collections of poetry: Open House (2002), Tender Hooks (2004), and Unmentionables (2008). Fennelly also works in prose, authoring Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother (2007) and co-authoring The Tilted World (2013) with her husband and fellow-writer, Tom Franklin. The Tilted World was released to much critical acclaim and was named the Southern Booksellers Association Okra Pick, the LibraryReads pick, and Uncut Magazine’s Best Books of 2013. Fennelly’s latest book, Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (2017), collects a variety of flash pieces, many of which have also appeared in well-respected national publications. Fennelly is currently writing a novel.


About Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs

The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.



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301 East 11th Street

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