Fennelly & Forhan Reading on 1/28

On Friday, January 28th , poets Chris Forhan and Beth Ann Fennelly will
read in Athens at Little Kings, 223 West Hancock Street (corner of
Hancock and Hull) beginning at 8:00 pm. Beer and wine will be served,
and books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Judy
Long of Byhalia Books. The reading is free of charge and open to the public.

Chris Forhan, a member of the Auburn University English Department
faculty, was awarded the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize for The
Actual Moon, The Actual Stars (2003)
. Receiving critical acclaim, the
book is described as “Often lit by a playful sense of humor and voice
that is truly engaging- [Forhan] creates a landscape that is both
intensely physical and filled with the age-old questions.” His first
book, Forgive Us Our Happiness, won the Bakeless Prize and was
published by the University Press of New England in 1999. He has also
published two chapbooks, x and Crumbs of Bread. His poetry has won a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, New
England Review, Parnassus, The Georgia Review
, and other magazines.
He teaches both at Auburn University and in the Warren Wilson M.F.A.

Beth Ann Fennelly, who comes to Athens via the Georgia Poetry Circuit,
is from Chicago and received her MFA from the University of Arkansas.
She was the 1998-1999 Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of
Wisconsin, and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and
the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in The
American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review,
Shenandoah, The Georgia Review
and TriQuarterly; they have been
anthologized in The Pushcart Prize 2001, The Penguin Book of the
Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English, Poets of the New
and The Best American Poetry 1996. Her first book, Open
, published by Zoo Press, won The 2001 Kenyon Review Prize. Her
latest book, Tender Hooks, was published by W. W. Norton in March,
2004. Ms. Fennelly is an assistant professor of English at the
University of Mississippi and lives with her husband, the writer Tom
Franklin, and their daughter, Claire, in Oxford, Mississippi. Of Tender
, Lucinda Williams said "these poems read like little short
stories. Beth Ann Fennelly's perspective on motherhood is the boldest
I've ever witnessed. She explores areas openly that others only think
about in the privacy of their minds. Her poems are brave and beautiful."

This reading is sponsored by The Georgia Review and the Georgia Poetry
Circuit. For more information, contact David Ingle at 542-0397.

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