Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly (CNF, Poetry) | Oxford, MS

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Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, and The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs will be published by Norton in fall ‘17. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.


Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (W. W. Norton 2017). Micro-essays. CNF.
The Tilted World (HarperCollins, 2014). Co-written with Tom Franklin. Novel. Fiction.
Unmentionables (W. W. Norton, 2008). Poetry.

Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother (W. W. Norton, 2006). Essays. CNF.
Tender Hooks (W. W. Norton, 2004). Poetry.
Open House (Zoo Press, 2002). Reprinted (W. W. Norton, 2009). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

Heating & Cooling

“Imagine the hundred things you enjoy doing most in the world. Reading Beth Ann Fennelly’s Heating & Cooling is more fun than 95 of them.”
—Richard Russo

“Beth Ann Fennelly brings a poet’s sensibility to Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro- Memoirs. Each entry is both insightful and precise, a perfect pearl of memory. By marking out these 52 moments, she draws a portrait of a life that is deeply felt and fully awake. I will be the first in line when there are 52 more.”
—Ann Patchett

“What better can one writer say about another writer’s work? I wish I’d written it. Heating and Cooling is just that enviable.
—Richard Ford

“It seems to me that we, and I particularly, are very much in need of a coherent female voice observing in plain but rich language the world as it is, not the world as we are told it is. In each of Fennelly’s pieces, I find that voice–strong and at the same time wonderfully vulnerable. There is a matter of fact revelation inherent in her work. I deeply enjoyed this book—deeply.”
—Dorothy Allison

“The pieces in Beth Ann Fennelly’s remarkable collection Heating and Cooling look like jewels—finely wrought, lyric and subtle—but they expose themselves as creatures: vital, writhing, surprising, alive. They keep turning. They keep glimmering. They’re funny as hell. They’ve got a cool wit, but they’re feverish to the touch. They’ve been living inside me ever since I read them, heating and cooling me, and I’m glad for that—for the way they’ve exposed the world as something stranger, even more unexpected and tricky and wondrous, than I knew it to be.”
—Leslie Jamison

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