2016 TYCAT Conference | November 11-12th, 2016
Friday, November 11
Saturday, November 12
TYCAT 2016 Luncheon Presentation
“Flannery O’Connor: In Her Own Words” By Beverly Derden Fatherree Mary Flannery O’Connor, who was born in Savannah, GA, and lived most of her life in Milledgeville, GA, is known for her short stories and novels, which are usually concerned with an individual’s relationship with God. She combines humor, the grotesque, violence, and a flair for the colloquial in a way that is unique, and that uniqueness has secured her a place in Southern literature like no other writer. While her novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as her collections of short stories, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, are masterpieces, her nonfiction prose works are equally engaging. Often serious, often funny, often poignant, these pieces present the real Flannery O’Connor. She writes about her family, her friends, her work, her religion, and her peacocks, as well as other topics which are as provocative as her fiction. “Flannery O’Connor: In Her Own Words” weaves these gems of O’Connor’s nonfiction prose into a dramatic monologue that touches many of her favorite topics and invites the audience to visit with Mary Flannery and hear her opinions as only she can deliver them. Beverly Fatherree Before her retirement in the summer of 2015, Beverly Derden Fatherree had taught English at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi for 35 years. When she retired, she was serving as the District Curriculum Coordinator for English/MFL and the Academic Liaison for Dual Enrollment courses. During her time at Hinds, she taught every course offered in all levels of English. Her special area of interest is Southern women writers, and she has presented scholarly programs at NCTE, CCCC, TYCAM, and TYCA-SE on topics such as Southern women writers and the civil rights movement, the sense of place in Lee Smith’s work, the grotesque in the works of Southern women writers, and Eudora Welty and Race in Photos and Fiction. She has won numerous awards from TYCA-SE, Hinds CC, and TYCAM for her teaching and service. Beverly has presented her Flannery O’Connor show at the Flannery O’Connor birthplace in Savannah and throughout the South. In addition, she is still active in the Two-Year College English Association—Southeast, serving as Historian. Beverly also serves as a docent at the Eudora Welty House and is actively involved in the education programs offered there. She is married to Dr. Ben Fatherree, retired history professor at Hinds, and is the proud mother of Heather Farris Bennett and Catherine Farris Peterson. She is also the doting grandmother to Caroline Farris Bennett, Anna Catherine Bennett, and Henry Russell Bennett, of Jackson, and of Jude Farris Peterson, of Carrollton, GA. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, belonging to two book clubs.