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
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.