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Award-Winning Poet Beth Ann Fennelly to Present Reading Wednesday Night

April 27, 2004

April 27, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Poet Beth Ann Fennelly, whose first book, Open House, won the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize, will present a reading this Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of DePauw University's Richard E. Peeler Art Center. The event, which is sponsored by the James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series and the English Department, is free and open to the public.

Fennelly is an assistant professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, and she was Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. She also has won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, Carolina Quarterly's Wood Award for Distinguished Writing, and an Academy of American Poets Prize.

At DePauw, the poet will read from Open House, "an immensely lively performance," former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass opined in the Kenyon Review. The Georgia Review's Paul Zimmer wrote, "Beth Ann Fennelly is an ambitious and spacious young talent. The poems... range widely in form and subject matter... [and] there is a striking accuracy of language and notable skill that sets them apart, displaying a promising, authentic voice."

Beth Ann Fennelly's second book, Tender Hooks, was released this month.

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