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University of Mississippi

Tedx Talk by Beth Ann Fennelly

How Literature Can Help Us Develop Empathy

Beth Ann Fennelly, poet laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi Department of English, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

She’s won grants from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, and a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, all published with W. W. Norton. A novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, called The Tilted World was published by HarperCollins. Her sixth book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-memoirs, published by W. W. Norton, was named an Atlanta Journal Constitution Best Book of 2017 and a Goodreaders Favorite for 2017.