The M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Murray State University invites students, faculty and the public to attend the M.F.A. Residency Reading Series on Jan. 6-8 in the Clara Eagle Gallery to meet three writers — Kazim Ali, Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin.

Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. He has written books that include volumes of poetry such as The Far Mosque, which was the winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award, and The Fortieth Day. Ali’s novels include Quinn’s Passage, named one of “The Best Books of 2005” by Chronogram magazine, and The Disappearance of Seth. Currently, he is an associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College and teaches in the master of fine arts program at the University of Southern Maine. To learn more about Ali, attend his discussion on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Fennelly is a poet and a nonfiction writer. She has published three full-length poetry collections. The first one is called Open House, which won The 2001 Kenyon Review Prize, the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award and was a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick. The other two poetry collections include Tender Hooks and Unmentionables. Additionally, Fennelly writes essays on travel, culture and design for Country Living,Southern LivingOxford American and others. She is presently a co-author of a novel with her husband, Tom Franklin. To meet Fennelly, attend her session on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Franklin is a fiction writer from Dickinson, Ala. He has written a variety of novels including Poachers, which was named Best First Book of Fiction by EsquireHell at the Breech (2003), Smonk (2006), and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010), which was the winner of the Los Angeles TimesBook Award. Currently, he teaches at the University of Mississippi and lives in Oxford, Miss., with his wife, Beth Ann Fennelly, and their children. To hear more about Franklin, attend his lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Each reading is free and open to the public. After every reading, there will be a reception and book signing at the Faculty Club. Books will be available for purchase on site. For more information, call 270-809-4727.

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