• ASCA Fellowship winner encourages young writers

    Addressing the newly published Writing Our Stories (WOS) authors, Department of Youth Services (DYS) Executive Director Steven Lafrenier said, “Young men, this is an exciting day, a day that you should be proud of. Your work goes beyond these walls, beyond the fence to touch people that you don’t even know. I congratulate you.”

    The audience of students, faculty, staff, and guests assembled in the Chapel of the DYS Vacca Campus on October 30 to celebrate the release of The Long Road Home, the new anthology of poems and short fiction edited by teaching writer Tony Crunk. Jason McCall, one of two 2015 Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship winners in literature, delivered the keynote address. READ MORE…

  • Poet to students: Write through adversity

    “‘Adversity introduces a man to himself,’” said poet and educator Stephen Bray, addressing the assembled students, guests, faculty, and staff in the Chapel on the Department of Youth Services Mt. Meigs Campus for the seventeenth annual Writing Our Stories anthology release. “Many people argue that Albert Einstein said that; others say differently. The fact is that it really doesn’t matter who said it. Every man and woman who’s faced some type of adversity in their lives knows this statement to be true.” Bray, a decorated U.S. Marine Corp veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving two combat tours in Iraq, encouraged the student writers to turn to their notebooks in times of adversity. READ MORE…

  • Nominations open for 2015 Harper Lee Award

    The Alabama Writers’ Forum invites nominations for the 2015 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year. The award will be made to a living, nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant, lifelong contribution to Alabama letters. The honor recognizes those who primarily write , or a combination of these. This is not an award for journalistic, historical, or scientific writing, nor is it an award for service, scholarly research, or teaching. Nominations must be received by November 19, 2014. READ MORE…

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