SC4 will use a $10,000 National Endowment for the arts grant to bring award-winning writers Beth Ann Fenelly and Tom Franklin to Campus in April.
They will both be part of a “Patterns” recognition ceremony, reception, guest author readings and provide students with writing advice. This will take place from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the Fine Arts Theatre and College Center Atrium.
Fenelly an associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford has published four books of poetry and nonfiction including “Unmentionables” as well as having poems published in well over 40 anthologies.
Franklin a writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi is an author of three books and his fourth “Crooked Letter Crooked Letter” is due out in September, some of his novel excerpts and stories have appeared in more than 40 publications.
Fenelly and Franklin are married and live in Mississippi.
According to a press release from executive director of public relations, marketing and legislative affairs Shawn Starkey, the grant money will also be used to benefit SC4’s “Patterns” publication which showcases the best in student work.
The publication has the distinction of being the longest running community college literary and arts magazine in Michigan. This year will mark the 52 edition of Patterns.
This is the second time SC4 has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts grant. SC4 received the grant back in 2008, being awarded $10,000 which was used to bring in guest authors and help with the publication of the 50 anniversary edition of “Patterns.”
This year’s grant is thanks in part to a collaboration between James Frank professor of English and French, and Shelly Simmons Senior Accountant.