Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly

About Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly (born May 22, 1971) is an American poet and writer. She was 2020 Poet Laureate of Mississippi and a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Fennelly has published six books; three volumes of poetry: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, all with W. W. Norton. Fennelly's first collection of poems, Open House, won multiple awards, including the Zoo Press Poetry Prize, the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award, and a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick. Beth Ann's poetry has been in over fifty anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1996, 2005, and 2006, The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Poets of the New Century, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and in textbooks such as Contemporary American Poetry and Literature. In recent years, Beth Ann’s written more prose. A book of essays, Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother, was published by Norton in 2006.
Beth Ann lives with her husband and children in Oxford, Mississippi.

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