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Released October 8, 2004

ENGLISH PROFESSOR AWARDED WRITER'S FELLOWSHIP FOR NOVEL

HATTIESBURG -- Dr. Melanie L. Hendricks-Barthelme has been awarded a 2004 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission for her novel, "Elaine and the Others."

A visiting assistant professor in the Department of English, Hendricks-Barthelme oversees the freshman composition program and directs the university's Writing Center. She has previously been recognized for her own writing in both fiction and nonfiction. The novel is a long-term project nearing completion, she said, "after four and a half years in the wilderness." Several literary agents have already asked to see it, according to Hendricks-Barthelme. She holds degrees in writing from the Johns Hopkins University and Southern Miss.

This grant is a portion of the $1.16 million in a number of different types of grants that the commission will award in 2004-2005, executive director Tim Hedgepeth said, all made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The commission is a state agency that serves more than 1.7 million Mississippians through grants supporting arts organizations, folk arts, arts in education, and celebrations of the state's cultural heritage, as well as awards to individual artists.

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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM