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Writer; and Associate Professor of English, University of Mississippi

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Fall 2016

Tom Franklin teaches in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. He was born and raised in Dickinson, Alabama, received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas, and his BA and MA from the University of South Alabama. He is the author of Poachers (William Morrow, 1999), Hell at the Breech (2003), and Smonk (2006). The Tilted World (2014), written collaboratively with his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly, is set during the flood of the Mississippi River in 1927.


Franklin’s work has been recognized with literary awards including a Guggenheim fellowship, Philip Roth Residency in Creative Writing, and the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction. Franklin’s books have won an Edgar Award, appeared in Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, and won a Los Angeles Times’ Book Prize (mystery/thriller). Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010) was nominated for nine awards and won five, including the Gold Dagger Award for Best Novel.

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