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Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin Wins Prestigious Harper Lee Award

Author, English professor to be honored in March at Alabama festival FEBRUARY 19, 2024 Tom Franklin has appeared at the Monroeville Literary Festival in Alabama four times, but the next time he attends, he’ll be at center stage as recipient of this year’s Harper Lee Award. The annual award recognizes the lifetime achievement of a […]


A ‘Game Changer’ for Incarcerated Students

Funds Help UM Expand Its Prison-to-College Pipeline’s Services, Staff and Courses FEBRUARY 15, 2024 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT A $150,000 grant to the University of Mississippi’s Prison-to-College Pipeline Program (PTCPP) is helping expand course offerings and services to those looking to transform their lives during and after incarceration. The Laughing Gull Foundation, a Durham, North […]



Thirteen UM Students’ Projects Selected for Support FEBRUARY 9, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT The Stamps Impact Prize, a new competitive award program at the University of Mississippi to support undergraduate-initiated, faculty-mentored research and creative achievement projects, has announced its 13 inaugural recipients. The program is the first of its kind in the nation […]

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

English Professor Receives Corrington Award for Literary Excellence

JANUARY 26, 2024 BY EDWIN SMITH The Department of English at Centenary College of Louisiana has honored University of Mississippi essayist and poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil with the 2023 John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence. The annual award, presented to an established, critically-acknowledged writer, honors Centenary alumnus Bill Corrington, who worked as an English professor, […]


UM Libraries Hires Archivist to Focus on University History

Speck-Thompson to document university’s history, serve as liaison to departments NOVEMBER 22, 2023 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Jeannie Speck-Thompson, a native of Ecru, has been named university archivist, the first faculty member devoted to this position in two decades at the University of Mississippi. An assistant professor, Speck-Thompson will process multiple formats of archival materials that […]

Jarvis McInnis

Duke University Professor Aims to Broaden Understanding of Faulkner

Jarvis C. McInnis to deliver Howry Lecture Oct. 24 on campus OCTOBER 13, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A renowned Duke University professor will deliver a new twist on the Howry Lecture in Faulkner Studies, slated Oct. 24 at the University of Mississippi. Jarvis C. McInnis, the Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of […]

Authors Ethel Morgan Smith (left) and Jane Smiley are set to discuss their work during a conversation with pianist Bruce Levingston on Oct. 25 in Nutt Auditorium at the University of Mississippi. The event is free and open to the public. Submitted photos

Award-Winning Authors to Discuss New Works

Ethel Morgan Smith and Jane Smiley to talk about their books Oct. 25 at UM OCTOBER 12, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Eudora Welty Prize winner Ethel Morgan Smith and Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley will discuss their latest books at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Nutt Auditorium at the University of Mississippi. The event is […]

Fennelly & Black

English Professor, Student Top Winners in Poetry Competition

Beth Ann Fennelly and Ellie Black place first and second in Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest SEPTEMBER 19, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH University of Mississippi English professor Beth Ann Fennelly and doctoral student Ellie Black have taken the top prizes in the 22nd annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, sponsored by Winning Writers. Fennelly, […]

art student at Greenfield Farm

Mississippi Artists to Paint Faulkner’s Mule Farm

Public invited to Sept. 17 reception at Greenfield Farm SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Nine artists from across Mississippi will soon converge on what was once William Faulkner’s mule farm to depict the landscape in a “plein air” painting competition. The Sept. 17 event will be held at Greenfield Farm, a 20-acre parcel of […]

Photo by Gabrielle Newman

Literature on Location

JULY 26, 2023 BY EMILY SUH In March, for the eleventh time, Beth Spencer taught Fantasy Fiction in the UK—after a three-year hiatus because of COVID restrictions. Focused on the timeless works of British fantasy authors, the course gives students a chance to craft their own creative works throughout the semester. During spring break, they […]