Literary News E-newsletter

  • January 2016

    January 2016

    ASCA elects new officers at its December meeting

    At its December meeting, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) announced three new appointments to the Council by Governor Robert Bentley for six year terms beginning January 1, 2016. These new appointments are Kim Mitchell, Decatur; Dr. Henry Panion III, Birmingham; and Mary White, Florence. Two current members of the Council: Ceil Snow, Birmingham and Julie Friedman, Fairhope were reappointed to what will be fourth terms for both veteran members. In other action by the Governor, current member Dora James, Opelika was reappointed to fill the remaining two year term of Lee Sentell resigning after ten years of service on the Council.

    Commenting on the recent reappointments and new appointments, Al Head, Executive Director of the Council said, “These reappointments solidify the continuity of strong leadership on the Council for the next six years. All of these individuals contribute significantly to the Council’s mission of promoting the arts and artists in Alabama.” In regards to the new appointments, Head commented, “We are especially excited to welcome three outstanding new members who will bring valuable perspective and background to the agency.”

    Photo: (l-r) Dr. Henry Panion, Kim Mitchell, and Mary Wadsworth White

    MEET THE COUNCIL…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2016/01/13/asca-awards-grants-totaling-368-938-elects-new-officers

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    ASCA awards grants totaling $368,938

    The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) also awarded grants totaling $368,938 at its December meeting. The Council makes grants to non-profit organizations, schools, universities, cities, and a wide range of community groups. ASCA funds are matched by contributions from businesses, individuals, local government, and earned income by the grantee. Arts programs assisted by Council grants have a track record of enhancing community development, education, cultural tourism, and overall quality of life in virtually all regions of the state.

    Literary grants were awarded to WORD UP!/Birmingham Public Library Foundation, Bard & Brews/ Birmingham Public Library Foundation, and the 19th Annual Alabama Writers Symposium.

    COMPLETE LIST OF GRANT RECIPIENTS…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2016/01/13/asca-awards-grants-totaling-368-938-elects-new-officers

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    ASFA offers writing contests, creative writing camps for students

    The Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) Young Writers’ Literary Awards is open to all Alabama students in grades 6 – 8. Categories include poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. First Place: $100; Second Place: $75; Third Place: $50.

    ASFA’s Aspiring Minds Poetry contests are designed to spotlight talented high school poets in specific areas of the state. Region 1: Lauderdale, Colbert, and Lawrence; Region 2: Birmingham City Schools; Region 3: Hale, Perry, Greene, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, and Marengo. Deadlines: February 28, 2016.

    COMPLETE GUIDELINES…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2016/01/07/asfa-offers-writing-contests-creative-writing-camps-for-students

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    South Arts seeks grant panelists

    South Arts is searching for leaders in the presenting field from its nine-state region to serve as panelists for grant programs. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts supports multiple funding programs through the South Arts Fund. Touring grants support performing arts and literary arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest touring artists from outside of the presenter's state. Eligible projects (theater, music, opera, musical theater, dance and literature) include publicly accessible performances or readings and educational activities that provide opportunities for diverse audiences to participate in the arts.

    Submitted panelist nominations are held for consideration for two years. Regional Touring Grants Panelists should submit nominations by March 15, and Literary Arts Grants Panelists should submit nominations by June 15. To submit a nomination, please complete the online form. Please contact Nikki Estes at (404) 874-7244 ext 16 with questions or for details.

    SOUTH ARTS…

    http://www.southarts.org/

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    2016 Mid-Winter Writers Conference to meet February 27

    The 2016 Mid-Winter Writers Conference will meet on February 27, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Seddon Baptist Church in Pell City. Early registration is $60. $25 for students.
    This year’s conference will include two keynotes, a panel discussion, highly qualified presenters, and eighteen workshops to choose from Regardless of your genre, there’s bound to be something there for you.

    2016 MID-WINTER WRITERS CONFERENCE…

    http://www.mwwconference.com/

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    The BBCF and the ASCA to present workshop to aid community festival planners

    On Saturday, January 30th, from 8:30am – 3:30 pm at Wallace Community College in the Hank Sanders Technology Building in Selma, Alabama, the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) with the support of the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) will present the Stronger Festivals in Alabama’s Black Belt Workshop to aid community festival planners across the Alabama Black Belt region.

    Panel discussions will address the wide array of essential issues that professionals and volunteers who plan and execute community arts and cultural festivals of any type can benefit from.

    COMPLETE SCHEDULE…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2016/01/25/bbcf-and-asca-to-present-workshop-to-aid-community-festival-planners

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    From Judge Janice Law

    http://judgejanicelaw.com/

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    Associates News

    Emma Bolden’s piece, “Describe the Situation in Specific Detail,” is the winner of So To Speak’s Nonfiction Contest.

    http://emmabolden.com/

    Joe Connaughton, author of Tales of the 319th (Ardent Writer Press, 2015), received the Legion of Honor from the French Consulate on January 29.

    http://www.ardentwriterpress.com/ardent-writer-authors/joseph-connaughtonjosephconnaughton/

    Joy Ross Davis has been chosen to be Program Presenter at the International Women's Writers Guild (IWWG) at its summer conference July 16-20 in Allentown, PA. The program is titled “A Personal Narrative: Rising Out of the Ashes.” Her new novel, The Firelight Angels, was released in paperback on January 18.

    http://joyrossdavis.com/

    Joel Fry recently had his poem “The New Night” published in POEM.

    http://hlahsv.org/POEM

    Juliana Gray has had a poem selected for Best American Poetry 2016.

    http://www.julianagray.com/

    Joshilyn Jackson’s novel, The Opposite of Everyone (William Morrow & Company, 2016), has been selected as an Okra Pick for Winter 2016.

    http://www.joshilynjackson.com/jj/

    Hank Lazer, 2015 Harper Lee Award recipient, delivered a keynote address—"Ethical Criticism and the Challenges Posed by Innovative Poetry"—on November 29, 2015 for the 4th Convention of the Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics (CAAP), held in Jinan, China (in Shandong province). In addition to the keynote address, Lazer gave a talk in Wuhan at Central China Normal University and a talk at Shandong Normal Univeristy—focusing on the newly emerging field of documentary poetry. A major reason for the trip was the publication (in Chinese, after three years of work by a team of translators) of Selected Poems and Essays of Hank Lazer.

    http://www.english.ua.edu/user/79

    Michael Martone will receive the 2016 Mark Twain Award from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature in June.

    http://www.english.ua.edu/user/84

    Amanda Porter has signed with Fifth Ink Publishing to publish her new poetry collection, Pieces of My Heart.

    https://www.facebook.com/amandaporterme/

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    See what’s new in Alabama literature

    This month’s Reviews Online features TJ Beitelman’s poetry collection, Americana—reviewed by Jim Murphy—and Rex Burwell’s novel, Capone, the Cobbs, and Me—reviewed by Ed Reynolds. AWF Reviews Online features books by Alabama writers and publishers or books about our state.

    BOOK REVIEWS ONLINE…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/book_reviews.html

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    Hear interviews with Alabama’s literati on Alabama Arts Radio

    Each week on the Alabama Arts Radio Series, staff members of the Alabama State Council on the Arts visit with writers, musicians, visual artists, and other individuals who contribute to our state’s rich artistic traditions. Recent literary interviews include Marian Furman, Jason McCall, and Bryn Chancellor.

    Listen Sundays 5-5:30 p.m. on WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery-Troy), WRWA 88.7 (Dothan), and WTJB 91.7 (Columbus-Phenix City). Those farther south may listen Saturdays, 2:30-3 p.m., on WHIL 91.3 (Mobile-Biloxi-Pensacola). Broadcasts are also streamed live and archived on the Web.

    LISTEN HERE…

    http://www.arts.state.al.us/radioseries.aspx

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    Support the Arts supports the Forum

    Proceeds from the sale of the Alabama Support the Arts license plate help fund arts education programs. The next time your car tag needs renewal, purchase one of these colorful plates to help support the Forum and other arts education projects.

    SUPPORT THE ARTS…

    http://www.arts.state.al.us/licensetag.aspx

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    For late-breaking news, follow us on Twitter @ writersforum and friend us on Facebook @ Alabama Writers’ Forum Friends.

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    The Alabama Writers’ Forum

    The Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, promotes writers and writing in Alabama, with an emphasis on arts education programs for young writers.

    http://www.writersforum.org/

    http://www.arts.state.al.us/

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  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015

    Noted biologist Edward O. Wilson chosen as 2016 Harper Lee Award recipient

    Noted biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson has been selected to receive the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2016. The award is made to a living, nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant, lifelong contribution to Alabama letters. Wilson will receive the honor during the Awards Dinner at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Alabama, on March 31, 2016.

    “Although—perhaps because—I'm primarily a scientist, I'm doubly honored to receive the Harper Lee Award, in recognition of the literary side of my life,” said Wilson. “Actually, triply honored to have it come from the state and region I love and have tried to honor in works of both fiction and nonfiction.”

    Photo of E.O. Wilson by Beth Maynor

    EDWARD O. WILSON…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2015/12/03/noted-biologist-edward-o-wilson-chosen-as-2016-harper-lee-award-recipient

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    Important changes made to the 2016 High School Literary Arts Awards

    The Forum is making a change to this year’s High School Literary Arts Awards (HSLAA) as we move toward online submission for all categories. Since we need a year to complete this process, we are downsizing to two submission categories for 2016, still offering the Senior Portfolio awards—with 7 offered this year—and the literary magazines competition. As a result, we will extend the deadline to January 31, 2016.

    LEARN MORE…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2015/12/02/important-changes-made-to-the-2016-high-school-literary-arts-awards

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    Christopher Thomas advises WOS writers to read and to mentor

    “How do we pull this thing off called ‘life’?” asked Christopher Thomas, a self-described entrepreneur, addressing the assembled students, guests, faculty, and staff in the Chapel on the Department of Youth Services Mt. Meigs Campus for the eighteenth annual Writing Our Stories (WOS) anthology release on October 22. “Successful people read.” Thomas said that he has begun a regimen of reading two to three books a day.

    WOS AT MT. MEIGS…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2015/10/23/christopher-thomas-advises-wos-writers-to-read-and-to-mentor

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    WOS helps students discover their inner-artist

    An audience of students, faculty, staff, and guests assembled in the Chapel of the Alabama Department of Youth Services (DYS) Vacca Campus on October 27 to celebrate the release of Too Far from Home, the new Writing Our Stories (WOS) anthology of poems and short fiction, edited by teaching writer Tony Crunk.

    Addressing the audience, DYS Executive Director Steven Lafrenier said, “It’s important that we are here today. It’s important to celebrate these young writers. Being an artist does not come easy. It takes hard work. Yes, there’s inspiration, but there’s a whole lot of perspiration.”

    WOS AT VACCA…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2015/10/28/wos-helps-students-discover-their-inner-artist

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    Birmingham Public Library celebrates Alabama’s Poet Laureate Andrew Glaze

    The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) presents an exhibit of photographs and memorabilia of Andrew Glaze, Alabama’s Poet Laureate. The exhibit runs through December 31 at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place. Glaze was also honored with two readings from his recent work, Overheard in a Drugstore in November: BPL’s Bards & Brews Open Mic on November 6 at the Central Library (honorary readings during half-time) and The Nitty Gritty Magic City poetry group on November 8 at Desert Island Supply Co. And on November 22, poet Theodore Haddin profiled Glaze with a review of Overheard in a Drugstore in the Anniston Star.

    READ MORE….

    http://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2015/10/days-of-glaze-exhibit-readings-of.html?m=1

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    Birmingham Museum of Art to present Art Papers Live

    The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is partnering once again with Art Papers to present Art Papers Live on January 9, 2016, 11 a.m.-noon. The event, What the Body Can Say, will feature a conversation between Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey and Bethany Collins, the inaugural artist in BMA’s lobby projects. The event will be moderated by Ivy Wilson, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Northwestern University.
    WHAT THE BODY CAN SAY…
    http://www.artsbma.org/event/art-papers-live-2/

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    The Lillian E. Smith Foundation announces deadline for its Writer-in-Service Award

    The Lillian E. Smith Foundation is accepting applications for its Writer-in-Service Award, which includes a two-week residency, a $500 honorarium, and a $300 travel allowance. The Award is open to U.S. residents working to advance writing and the arts through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc. Recent Alabama recipients include Scotty Kirkland, Wendy Reed, Kyes Stevens, and Foster Dickson. The postmark deadline is January 15, 2016.

    Photo of Lillian E. Smith by contributed

    WRITER-IN-SERVICE AWARD…

    http://www.piedmont.edu/writer-in-service-award

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    New from Judge Janice Law

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    Birmingham Public Library offers free poetry workshop

    Poets Tina Mozelle Braziel and Alicia Clavell conduct a poetry workshop for adults ages 18 and up at the main branch of the Birmingham Public Library. The workshop meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. in the library’s conference room. No registration is necessary. All levels of experience are welcome in this supportive literary environment. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call 205-226-3607 or e mail hm@bham.lib.al.us.

    BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY…

    http://www.bplonline.org/

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    Svetlana Alexievich receives the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015

    The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 is awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." According to the Nobel committee, “by means of her extraordinary method – a carefully composed collage of human voices – Alexievich deepens our comprehension of an entire era. The consequences of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl 1986 is the topic of Černobyl'skaja molitva (1997); Voices from Chernobyl – Chronicle of the Future (1999). Cinkovye mal'čiki (1990; Zinky Boys – Soviet voices from a forgotten war (1992) is a portrayal of the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan 1979–89, and her work Vremja second chènd (2013); ‘Second-hand Time: The Demise of the Red (Wo)man’) is the latest in ‘Voices of Utopia.’ Another early book that also belongs in this lifelong project is Poslednie svideteli (1985; ‘Last witnesses’).”

    SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH…

    http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2015/bio-bibl.html

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    Writer, educator Wade Hall dies

    Writer, educator, and literary philanthropist Wade Hall died on September 26. He was 81. A native of Union Springs, Alabama, Hall moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1962 after serving a two-year stint in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. In Louisville, he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He has also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He holds degrees from Troy State University (BS), the University of Alabama (MA), and the University of Illinois (P.D). In 2006, he retired to Union Springs with his longtime partner, Gregg Swem. Hall is the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher’s Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge. Other writings include hundreds of articles, poems, essays and reviews published in historical and scholarly journals as well as popular magazines and newspapers.

    WADE HALL…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2015/09/28/writer-educator-wade-hall-dies

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    Daco S. Auffenorde’s short story, “The Pisces Affair,” was awarded gold medals for Best Thriller and Best Science Fiction in the 2015 e-Book Awards.

    http://www.authordaco.com/index.htm

    Emily Sheera Cutler’s play, Secret, was produced as part of the University of Southern California's fall student-written play festival, November 12-14. A multiple winner in past Alabama High School Literary Arts Awards, Cutler presently studies Social Work at USC.

    http://www.samuelfrench.com/author/100697/emily-cutler

    Paul Hemphill was recently inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

    http://georgiawritershalloffame.org/honorees/biography.php?authorID=53

    Ravi Howard has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work-Fiction for his novel, Driving the King.

    http://www.ravihowardauthor.com/

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/naacp-image-award-nominees-full-846814

    Judge Janice Law was the featured speaker on October 8 at the annual luncheon honoring spouses of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, held at Congressional Country Club, Washington, D.C. She spoke about her recent book, American Evita: Lurleen Wallace, and of the American Women Writers National Museum, which she founded in D.C.

    http://judgejanicelaw.com/

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    Deck the Halls with Alabama literature

    This month’s Reviews Online features work by Ace Atkins, Carolyn Haines, Kirk Curnutt, Gin Phillips, and many, many more. Read the reviews and decide which ones you want to see in your stocking. AWF Reviews Online features books by Alabama writers and publishers or books about our state.

    BOOK REVIEWS ONLINE…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/book_reviews.html

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    Hear interviews with Alabama’s literati on Alabama Arts Radio

    Each week on the Alabama Arts Radio Series, staff members of the Alabama State Council on the Arts visit with writers, musicians, visual artists, and other individuals who contribute to our state’s rich artistic traditions. Recent literary interviews include Jason McCall, Bryn Chancellor, and William Cobb.

    Listen Sundays 5-5:30 p.m. on WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery-Troy), WRWA 88.7 (Dothan), and WTJB 91.7 (Columbus-Phenix City). Those farther south may listen Saturdays, 2:30-3 p.m., on WHIL 91.3 (Mobile-Biloxi-Pensacola). Broadcasts are also streamed live and archived on the Web.

    LISTEN HERE…

    http://www.arts.state.al.us/radioseries.aspx

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    Support the Arts supports the Forum

    Proceeds from the sale of the Alabama Support the Arts license plate help fund arts education programs. The next time your car tag needs renewal, purchase one of these colorful plates to help support the Forum and other arts education projects.

    SUPPORT THE ARTS…

    http://www.arts.state.al.us/licensetag.aspx

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    Friend the Forum on Facebook and follow on Twitter

    For late-breaking news, follow us on Twitter @ writersforum and friend us on Facebook @ Alabama Writers’ Forum Friends.

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    The Alabama Writers’ Forum

    The Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, promotes writers and writing in Alabama, with an emphasis on arts education programs for young writers.

    http://www.writersforum.org/

    http://www.arts.state.al.us/

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    The Alabama Writers’ Forum
    P.O. Box 4777
    Montgomery, AL 36103-4777
    334-265-7728
    Toll Free: 866-901-1117
    Fax: 334-262-2150
    writersforum@bellsouth.net
    www.writersforum.org
    © 2015 The Alabama Writers’ Forum, Inc.

  • September 2015

    September 2015

    A note from Jeanie Thompson

    Hello writers, whether you are young or old, beginner or sage, please listen up! Between now and September 30 we need your help to continue the services and literary arts programs of the Alabama Writers’ Forum. As of this writing, we are still $15,650 short of our FY 15 goal. Will you please go to the Razoo.com site NOW and make an extra donation, renew your membership, or join for the first time? Will you forward the link to your writer friends who might never have joined the Forum but have benefited from some of its services?

    The reality is this: AWF is a not-for-profit service organization that promotes writers and writing, and through the linkages we create, the Alabama literary community is better connected than ever before. Give what you can and it WILL make a difference.
    ALABAMA WRITERS’ FORUM—RAZOO…

    https://www.razoo.com/story/Alabama-Writers-Forum

    Photo: Teaching writer Tony Crunk works with a Writing Our Stories student at Montevallo Middle School (Terry Bruno-fotowerks)

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    Ashley M. Jones receives Rona Jaffe Award

    Alabama poet Ashley M. Jones recently received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Celebrating its 21st year, the Rona Jaffe Awards have helped many women build successful writing careers by offering encouragement and financial support at a critical time. The Awards are $30,000 each and were presented to the six recipients on September 17, 2015, in New York City.

    READ MORE…

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2015/09/02/ashley-m-jones-to-receive-a-2015-rona-jaffe-foundation-writers-award

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    RMTC stages Big Fish in Birmingham

    Big Fish, the stage adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel, is being produced by the Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC) in Birmingham through October 4. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Tickets prices begin at $30 for ages 13 and up and $20 for those 12 and under.

    The Alabama-based story centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife, Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. The play is rated PG.

    RMTC…

    http://www.redmountaintheatre.org/about-us/venues/#cabaret-venue

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    Rocket City Lit Fest brings bestselling authors to Huntsville

    The Rocket City Lit Fest (RCLF), coming to the Von Braun Center South Hall on October 10-11, is North Alabama’s only large-scale literary festival, and its organizers are promising fun for the whole family. This entirely indoor festival has a dual mission: to celebrate storytelling in all forms in a festive atmosphere with bestselling and popular authors and to help make reading accessible to all with programs targeting the removal of barriers to reading such as poverty, learning disabilities, and language. Featured authors Homer Hickam and Jenny Lawson are both New York Times bestselling authors.

    RCLF will offer over 100 authors/publishers/artists, inflatables, a children’s stage featuring story times and puppet shows, face painting, over 40 panels and workshops, 1-on-1 student writing sessions with published authors (pre-registration required), the Alabama Student Writing Competition, a costume contest, and raffles. Early Registration Passes are $8 per day for adults with family packages available for both single day and full weekend rates.

    RCLF…

    http://www.rocketcitylitfest.com/

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    Auburn Writers Conference scheduled for October 16-17

    Whether generating a new piece of fiction from an old story you scrapped or tuning your poetic ear to abandoned aphorisms and slang, every writer knows the pleasure of creating something new from something old. Writing is nothing if not the sustainable and sustaining work of our lives. And that writing is fed by the cultural and ecological connections we all work to preserve in our communities and across our landscapes. At the 6th annual gathering of writers and readers, the Auburn Writers Conference will celebrate Literary Harvests: Creativity and Sustainability. With poets Jennifer Chang and Martha Serpas, nonfiction writers David Gessner and Janisse Ray, fiction writer Michael Martone, and many other award-winning authors, the conference will rediscover that enduring intersection of words and the dirt they grow from.

    AUBURN WRITERS CONFERENCE…

    http://www.cla.auburn.edu/awc/

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    First Annual East Alabama Book Festival to be held on October 18

    The Gnu's Room will host the First Annual East Alabama Book Festival on Sunday, October 18, 2015, from 1-6 p.m. in Town Creek Park in Auburn. The Festival will feature authors, publishers, local original music, and more. Co-hosts for the event are the Southern Humanities Review and The Republic of East Alabama Artists + Makers.

    The Festival is issuing an invitation to authors who wish to have booth space to promote their work and take part in a short reading, publishers, literary arts related non-profits, and others. Booth space is somewhat limited and is first come−first served. Reading slots will be available in a like manner. The deadline for participation is October 1, 2015. The Festival must have registration forms and donations of $20 by that date to hold spots. Non-profit booth space requires no donation, but the book fest will need a registration form to save spots.

    EAST ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL…

    http://www.thegnusroom.com/#!east-alabama-book-festival/c100x

    Link:

    Gnu’s Room

    http://www.thegnusroom.com/

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    Curtis Clark to retire from UA Press

    Curtis Clark, director of the University of Alabama Press, is retiring at the end September. A native of Illinois, he has been the director at UA Press for the past four years. Clark has been in university-press publishing for just over thirty years, beginning at Southern Illinois University Press, where he started as an intern and eventually became editorial director and then marketing director before moving to UA Press in 1996. During his first six years at Alabama, he was assistant director and editor-in-chief. After serving as director of the University of South Carolina Press for nine years, Clark returned as director of UA Press in 2011. A published poet in an earlier incarnation, he has been on a number of panels at writers conferences and at academic and publishing meetings.

    He has been a member of AWF during both Alabama stints and has been a steadfast supporter of it and other literary and cultural endeavors in the state.

    UA PRESS…

    http://www.uapress.ua.edu/

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    http://www.ardentwriterpress.com/tales-319th-joseph-w-connaughton-published/

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    Associates News

    TJ Beitelman has accepted the position of Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA). He takes over from Stuart Flynn, who was promoted to Director of Student Support Services.

    ASFA…
    http://www.asfa.k12.al.us/index.jsp

    TJ Beitelman

    http://tjbeitelman.com/profile/

    Lewayne Childrey’s memoir, Peeling Back the Layers: A Story of Trauma, Grace, and Triumph, received the Award of Merit for Best Autobiography/Memoir of the Year from The Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

    http://www.lawaynechildrey.com/

    Jerri Hardesty recently was interviewed by and read her poetry on WBHM, Birmingham’s public radio station.

    http://www.angelfire.com/ab3/bamaslam/ndu/ndufront.html

    Journey McAndrews’ chapbook manuscript, Rusted Legacy, was selected as part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs mentorship program, Writer to Writer.

    https://www.awpwriter.org/community_calendar/mentorship_program_overview

    William J. “Bill” Plott received the Robert Peterson Recognition Award for his book, The Negro Southern League: A Baseball History, 1920-1951, from the Society for American Baseball Research during its 18th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.

    http://sabr.org/malloy

    http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2015/06/07/the-negro-southern-league-a-baseball-history-1920-1951

    Gregory L. Reece was recently named Associate Editor for comics at PopMatters.com where he writes about comic books, sometimes from a distinctly Southern perspective. He was also named to the editorial board of the new Journal of Science and Popular Culture to be published in 2017.

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