• ASPS meets, holds workshops, elects officers

    The Alabama State Poetry Society (ASPS) held its Fall 2014 meeting on October 24-25 on the campus of the University of Montevallo (UM). The weekend's activities included workshops, readings, contest awards, games, networking, food, and fun. ASPS also installed its new officers for 2015-2016, and outgoing president Barry Marks received recognition for his past work with the group. READ MORE…

  • 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…

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