Redd’s Interview with Poet Beth Ann Fennelly

“I’ve always been jealous of what musicians have when they play together on stage because writers don’t get that…We had that a little bit with writing this novel.” Beth Ann Fennelly in Crooked Letter Review Series conversation about her and Tom Franklin‘s forthcoming novel, A TILTED WORLD. See the full conversation on the PRAIRIE SCHOONER blog here!

Dueling Writers & Honing the Creative Impulse: A Conversation with Beth Ann Fennelly

This conversation with Beth Ann Fennelly is the ninth in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by the Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd.  The following is a brief excerpt from their recent conversation at the University of Mississippi, familiarly known as Ole Miss.

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss, where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. Her work has three times been included in THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY series. Fennelly has published three full-length poetry books, including OPEN HOUSE, TENDER HOOKS, and UNMENTIONABLES, all published by W. W. Norton. She has also published a book of nonfiction, GREAT WITH CHILD. She and her husband, the L.A. Times Book award winner Tom Franklin, co-wrote the novel, TILTED WORLD, forthcoming in October 2013.

Author Beth Ann Fennelly

Author Beth Ann Fennelly


Mike Kardos to be Second Author Featured in Redd’s Crooked Letter Interview Series

In September 2012, Michael Kardos, the critically-acclaimed author of the novel The Three-Day Affair and the award-winning story collection One Last Good Time,  will be the second author featured in the Crooked Letter Interview Series created by the Prairie Schooner‘s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. The excerpted interview will appear in the Prairie Schooner’s Blog. See the first interview of the series with poet Derrick Harriell here.

Praise for Three-Day Affair:

“I dare you to pick up The Three-Day Affair and read a page or two and then put it down. It can’t be done. With a combination of dread and glee I tore through this book and was sorry when it was over.”
     –Tom Franklin, Edgar Award-winner and author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Kirkus Reviews names The Three-Day Affair one of its Top 25 books of September.
Publishers Weekly names The Three-Day Affair one of the best books of the fall.
Kirkus Reviews gives The Three-Day Affair a Starred Review.

Kardos’s short stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewCrazyhorsePrairie SchoonerBlackbirdPleiadesPRISM international, and many other magazines and anthologies, and were cited as notable stories in the 2009, 2010, and 2012 editions of Best American Short Stories. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an assistant professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Look for updates on Facebook and the Schooner Blog later this month. In the meantime, check out his new thriller, The Three-Day Affair and his website: