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VISITING AUTHOR SERIES: Make Me a Hummingbird: Salvos into the World of Micro-Memoirs

In today’s increasingly heterogeneous landscape, cross-genre works that blend inheritances from multiple literary parents have a new urgency and popularity. Combining the extreme brevity of poetry yet hewing to the truth-telling of creative nonfiction, micro-memoirs allow us to consider questions of genre while delighting in a form that, like a hummingbird, stuns with its speed and ingenuity.  Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly will share strategies that inform her forthcoming book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (W. W. Norton, fall 2017) and prompt students to leave with a micro-memoir of their own.

About the Instructor: 

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 with W. W. Norton:Open HouseTender Hooks, and Unmentionables, and a book of nonfiction, Great with Child.  The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, was published by Harper Collins.  Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs will be published by Norton in fall ‘17. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.