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  • ASCA names State Champion for Poetry Out Loud

    On Monday, February 16, 2015, students from high schools all over the state converged on Montgomery to compete in the Alabama finals of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition . Students, teachers, and parents arrived at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to recite and hear poetry. These students, already winners in their own regions, gave moving renditions of poetry from well-known poets such as Langston Hughes, C.S. Lewis, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Jean Valentine. The students also performed their original poems about truth and friendship, personal identity, and tragic life experiences. It was a day filled with laughter, thoughtfulness, and tears, proving to all that Alabama students have the power to speak with voices very much worth hearing. First place went to Nicole Louw, a senior at Holy Spirit Catholic High School in Tuscaloosa and a student of Jonathan Loper. READ MORE…

  • Warren St. John named recipient of UA Cason Award

    The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences, along with the journalism department, has named best-selling author Warren St. John winner of the 2015 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing. St. John, a native of Birmingham, and a graduate of Columbia University, wrote the national bestsellers Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania and Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference. READ MORE…

  • Poet Hank Lazer chosen as 2015 Harper Lee Award recipient

    Hank Lazer of Tuscaloosa has been selected to receive the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2015. The award is made to a living, nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant, lifelong contribution to Alabama letters.

    “When I received the phone call telling me that I had been named the recipient of the 2015 Harper Lee Award, I was stunned, shocked, and very pleased,” said Lazer. READ MORE…