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August 2012

August 2012

Andrew Glaze selected as next Poet Laureate of Alabama

Andrew Glaze was selected as the eleventh Poet Laureate of Alabama during the Alabama Writers’ Conclave’s annual meeting in Huntsville, July 20-22. Glaze will be officially appointed by Governor Robert Bentley during a ceremony in November. His four-year term will begin in 2013.

Glaze is the author of eight books of poetry, and he has published two collections of selected works. Glaze initially won critical acclaim with the publication of his first book, Damned Ugly Children: Poems (Trident Press, 1966). According to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, “Glaze has received Poetry magazine's Eunice Tietjens Award, and the American Library Association included his book Damned Ugly Children in its Notable Books List for 1966. Library Journal chose I Am the Jefferson County Courthouse as one of the best small press titles of 1981. He has won a National Hackney Award, and his selected poems, Someone Will Go On Owing, received the Best Book of the Year Award from the Southeastern Booksellers' Association in 1998. He was also the first recipient of the ABA Online Award the same year.”

Photo of Andrew Glaze by Robert P. Glaze.



Noted author Madison Jones dies

Award-winning author and longtime Auburn resident Madison Jones died on July 10. The recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year in 1999, Jones received many honors during his long career, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the T.S. Elliot Prize for Fiction, and the Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. Among his novels, An Exile was made into the movie, I Walk the Line in 1970.



Save the date for the 2012 Auburn Writers Conference

On October 12-13, 2012, the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts’ Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and Department of English, in partnership with the College of Education’s Truman Pierce Institute, will host the third annual Auburn Writers Conference.

“The Winding Road: Travel, Identity and the Search for Voice” invites writers and readers who hear the beckoning call of discovery and of new cultures, as well as those who believe that perhaps the greatest voyage is an exploration of the places we call home. The Auburn Writers Conference offers instruction, practice, perspective, and community for both established and emerging writers.

This year’s conference will feature Judith Ortiz Cofer (The Latin Deli, Call Me Maria), Nick Taylor (Sins of the Father), R.A. Nelson (Days of Little Texas, Teach Me), and Myra McEntire (Hourglass), among others.



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Alabama Arts Radio brings you outstanding interviews with your favorite authors

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 Patricia White, Joey Brackner, and 2012 Alabama Poetry Outloud winners Peggy Payne, Doris-Anne Darbouze, & Bonnie Chen.

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.



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