- Frances Mayes engages the audience of more than 1000 people,
Frances Mayes has always adored houses, a neglected, 200-year old Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres, it was love at first sight.
Three marvelous books: Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany (a memoir),
In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-textbook with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes, and photographer Bob Krist.
Her first novel, Swan, a tale of family saga and mystery, returns Mayes to her childhood home of Georgia.
Frances Mayes is the editor for the Best American Travel Writing.
A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry,
Sunday in Another Country,
After Such Pleasures,
The Arts of Fire,
The Book of Summer,
Her work The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems is widely used in college poetry classes. Her poetry has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and Manoa.
Mayes’ essays have been published in The American Scholar, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly, and four have been selected as Notable Essays of Best American Essays.
Formerly a professor of creative writing, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing,
“Frances Mayes is an elegant and gracious speaker. She quickly engaged the audience of more than 1000 people, who arrived eager to hear everything she had to say about Tuscany, and left with their expectations met and then exceeded.”
“Tuscany may have found its own bard in Frances Mayes.” — The New York Times