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Poet Rhonda Nelson of Tampa, Florida and fiction writer Jeanne Leiby of Orlando, Florida were selected as the winners of Poets & Writers 2000 Writers Exchange Program. They were selected from the three hundred fifty-eight entries received from writers in Florida. In October, Nelson and Leiby visited New York City to meet with editors and agents as well as give a public reading.
The state for the 2001 contest will be Wisconsin.
Dating from the 1930s, several first-edition copies of novels by Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning novelist William Faulkner have been donated to Mississippi State University.
The recent gift by Tupelo physician and MSU alumnus John P. Elliott to the Mississippiana section of Mitchell Memorial Library includes the Oxford writer's Go Down, Moses, As I Lay Dying and a trilogy of works about the Snopes family of his fictional Yoknapatawpha County.
Also included in the literary gift by Elliott are first editions Eudora Welty as well as biographical and critical works about Faulkner and Welty.
Texas-born author Edward Swift is currently showing his other talent in New York City. Swift is having a sculpture showing at 2/20 Gallery through December 12, 2000. The gallery in located at 220 West 16th Street, New York, New York.
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