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  • ABF announces 4th annual Student Readers Group

    The Outreach/Education sub-committee of the Alabama Book Festival (ABF) planning committee invites high school students and university undergraduates to participate in the fourth annual Student Readers Group. This program for the Festival selects one Alabama-related book per year for participants to read prior to meeting the author and discussing the book at the festival in April at Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town. The Student Readers Group seeks to engage high school and college students in Alabama’s culture, literature, and history by encouraging the reading of books that connect to or discuss the realities of living in the state.

    The subcommittee is pleased to announce Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days by Sheyann Webb-Christburg and Rachel West Nelson as this year’s selection. Published in 1997 by the University of Alabama Press, this memoir of the Selma-to-Montgomery March offers a youthful perspective on the era’s turbulent events. Read more

  • In Memoriam: Julia “Judy” Oliver, July 7, 1929-July 10, 2014

    Founding Alabama Writers’ Forum Board member, long-time fiction reviews editor for First Draft, and reviewer for AWF Book Reviews Online, Julia “Judy” Oliver died on July 10. A concert pianist as well as talented author, she studied piano performance and piano pedagogy at the University of Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree. She also studied at the Julliard School of Music and at Randolph-Macon Women’s College.

    “This week Alabama lost another beloved literary figure,” said Forum Executive Director Jeanie Thompson. “Judy was a founding board member of the Forum from back in the days before we were even incorporated, and she always brought great suggestions to my attention. We are all sorry to have lost Judy.” Read more

  • NEA Selects Amy Stolls as Director of Literature

    The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce that Amy Stolls has been appointed director of literature. Since May 2013, Stolls has served as acting director of literature. She will continue to oversee the NEA's grant awards in literature, which includes grants to organizations for publishing and audience and professional development projects, as well as for fellowships to individual poets, prose writers, and translators. Read more

  • Landmarks Foundation appoints new interim director

    Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Montgomery Advertiser on June 17, 2014 as a Staff report.

    Marion Baab, an active board member of the Landmarks Foundation, has been appointed to serve as interim director of Landmarks. Baab will be taking over the duties of longtime director Bob McLain following his recent retirement. Baab will have a range of duties, including coordinating upcoming special events such as the Alabama Book Festival. Read more

  • Chancellor, McCall named ASCA Literary Arts Fellows

    At its June meeting in Montgomery, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded fifteen fellowship grants, including one arts administration fellowship, and five Arts and Cultural Facilities grants. This year’s Literary Arts Fellowship recipients are Bryn Chancellor of Montevallo and Jason McCall of Tuscaloosa. Read more

  • Help pick the winner of the 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

    The three finalists for the 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction have been announced by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama Law School, co-sponsors of the Harper Lee Prize. They are Ronald H. Balson for Once We Were Brothers, John Grisham for Sycamore Row, and Elizabeth Strout for The Burgess Boys. You can help choose the winner. Read more

  • CMS students become published writers through WOS

    Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Shelby County Reporter on May 19, 2014. Byline: Phoebe Donald Robinson / Community Columnist

    Something very special happened at Columbiana Middle School (CMS) [recently]. Fifty-eight seventh graders became published writers with their new poem anthology, Wildcat Dreams, edited by Tony Crunk. Read more

  • HLA holds 46th annual student awards ceremony

    On May 4 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Huntsville Literary Association (HLA) held its 46th Annual celebration of student winners in its Young Writers’ Contest. YWC is composed of elementary and middle school divisions in Huntsville and Madison County and a high school division. The high school division has expanded to over 130 public and private high schools over all of North Alabama and allows online entries to its partner, The Ardent Writer Press, in short story, poetry, and artwork categories. Read more

  • Alabama’s creative writers to be honored in new Alabama Writers Hall of Fame

    Two statewide literary arts entities announce a joint initiative to launch the state’s first comprehensive Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

    According to Lou Pitschmann, Dean of Libraries at the University of Alabama and director of the Alabama Center for the Book, and Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, the time has come for significant recognition of Alabama’s literary talent in creative writing. Read more

  • AWF Board member Michael Morris honored in Panama City

    Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in The (Panama City) News Herald on May 14, 2014. Byline: Tony Simmons.

    The Alabama Library Association [recently] honored [Michael Morris’] Man in the Blue Moon, a 2013 novel set in Millville, Apalachicola, and Wewahitchka, among other Panhandle venues.

    The 53rd annual author awards recognized books deemed the best of the year by the nonprofit advocacy group made up of school, public, and university librarians.

    [Other winners were Rev. Dr. Carolyn Maul McKinstry for While the World Watched (nonfiction), Laura Golden for Every Day After (juvenile), and Jennifer Echols for Dirty Little Secret (young adult).] Read more

  • BCRI Names former WOS teaching writer Priscilla Hancock Cooper Interim President and CEO

    The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) has named Priscilla Hancock Cooper as Interim President and CEO effective May 20, 2014. Cooper will replace Lawrence J. Pijeaux, who is retiring as BCRI’s President and CEO on May 30, 2014. Cooper served as a teaching writer in the Writing Our Stories (WOS) program at the Department of Youth Services Chalkville Campus from 1998-2012, when the facility was closed due to tornado damage. Read more

  • Bryn Chancellor and Harry Moore win Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

    Poets & Writers announced recently that fiction writer Bryn Chancellor of Montevallo and poet Harry Moore of Decatur are the winners of the 2014 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. The prestigious award, which aims to provide promising writers a network for professional advancement, has helped to launch the careers of Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees), Elaine Beale (Another Life Altogether), Sandra Beasley (Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl), David Mura (Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei), Fae Myenne Ng (Bone), Mona Simpson (My Hollywood), and others. Read more

  • Childress, Flynt honored in Monroeville

    On the dais, they made quite a contrasting pair, Mark Childress flamboyant in his yellow sequined sports jacket, Wayne Flynt distinguished in his black business suit. They do hold in common, though, a keen intellect and a sharp wit. The two men had come to the 17th annual The Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville on April 25 to receive the state’s highest literary and scholarly honors, Childress for the The Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year and Flynt for the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Scholar of the Year. Read more

  • 2014 Alabama Book Festival announces lineup of writers

    Some fifty-five authors will converge in Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town on April 19th for the 9th Annual Alabama Book Festival. During the free, daylong, family-friendly festival authors will read excerpts, answer questions, and be available to sign books. Local independent bookseller Capitol Book & News provides books for the festival at an onsite store in the Grange Hall.

    According to coordinator Gail Waller, the Alabama Book Festival also offers something for aspiring writers this year. “For those wishing to write and publish their own work, festival-goers can sign up in advance for two free, hands-on workshops,” Waller said. Read more

  • On Reading and Writing with Students: A workshop for teachers

    Spend the day in workshop with two outstanding Alabama Book Festival authors on Friday, April 18, 2014, the day before the 9th annual Festival, held in Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town. Alabama teachers in grades 7-12 are invited to join Kelly Norman Ellis and Donald Anderson for an exciting day of writing workshops free of charge. These workshops are designed to introduce teachers to new strategies for integrating creative writing into language arts and English curricula. Teachers have the opportunity to write in both sessions. Read more

  • U.S. Poet Laureate selects two Alabama poets as 2014 Witter Bynner Fellows

    The 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Natasha Trethewey, has selected poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers as the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship and has named poetJake Adam York posthumously as a fellow. This is the 17th year that the fellowship has been awarded.

    Trethewey will introduce a program celebrating the fellows at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed. Read more

  • POL announces new State Champion

    On Presidents’ Day, when most of Alabama’s high school students were home taking a well-deserved break from studies and classes, a group of thirty-one highly dedicated students traveled from all over the state with their teachers and supportive family members to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery to participate in the state finals of Poetry Out Loud (POL). Read more

  • Pres. Obama nominates new NEA chairman

    President Barak Obama has nominated Dr. Jane Chu to lead the National Endowment for the Arts NEA). “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City,” said Pres. Obama. Read more

  • Poetry Out Loud State Finals announced

    On Monday, February 17, 2014, students from high schools from all around the State of Alabama will travel to Montgomery to compete in the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The program begins at 9 a.m. with the Original Poetry Competition and is free and open to the public. Competing students will give moving renditions of poetry from well-known poets and will also perform their original poems. Read more

  • HSLAA 2014 ceremony date set

    The Alabama High School Literary Arts Awards and Scholarship Competition (HSLAA) ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Read more

  • H. Chervis Isom joins Forum’s board of directors

    H. Chervis Isom, senior counsel in Baker Donelson’s Birmingham office, has joined the Alabama Writers’ Forum board of directors. A graduate of the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (1967) and Birmingham-Southern College (1962), Isom formerly served as Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group.

    “I’m impressed with the mission of the Forum to improve the reading and writing skills of the youth in the care of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) through its Writing Our Stories initiative,” said Isom. “I think this is a timely program and that all the students in the public schools of Alabama could benefit from such a program. That program alone proved to me the importance of the mission of AWF.” Read more

  • Alabama and Illinois students collaborate in poetry, photography exhibit

    Creative writing students from the Department of Youth Services Mt. Meigs Campus recently collaborated with undergraduate photography students at The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago (AI-Chicago) to produce a poetry and photography exhibit titled Freedom though Creation.

    Twenty-eight large format photographs set with corresponding poems are on view through January 2014 at the Old Supreme Court Library in the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Read more

  • ASCA announces deadline for Fellowships for Individual Alabama Artists and Arts Administrators

    The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is now accepting applications for fellowships. Individual artists working in literature, crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, theatre, and visual arts are eligible to apply. Recipients may use funds to set aside time to create art, improve their skills, or to do what is most advantageous to enhance their artistic careers. Also, arts administrators are eligible to apply for a fellowship to improve their skills and ability to serve their organization and community. Deadline is March 3, 2014. Read more

  • Mark Childress wins Harper Lee Award for 2014

    Monroeville native Mark Childress has been named the recipient of the 2014 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year. He will receive the award in his hometown during the Awards Luncheon at The Alabama Writers Symposium on April 25, 2014.

    "Mark Childress's career is both an inspiration for writers and a delight for readers,” said Alabama Writers’ Forum President Kirk Curnutt. Read more

  • ASCA awards 99 grants at its December meeting

    The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded ninety-nine grants totaling $342,695 at its Council meeting in Montgomery on December 6, 2012. This round of grants will support arts in literature, education, folk art, community, performing, and visual arts programs January 1– September 30, 2014. Also included in this round of awards are folklife apprenticeship grants.

    Recipients of literature grants include Alabama Southern Community College for the Alabama Writers Symposium, Auburn University Montgomery for Four Mondays of Poetry, the Birmingham Public Library Foundation for Bards & Brews, the Huntsville Literary Association for its Young Writers Contest, and the University of Alabama English Department for the Slash Pine Writers Festival. Read more

  • ASCA releases economic impact study

    Creative Industries in Alabama: Building a Better Alabama Through the Arts, a recent report released by the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and South Arts, a nine-state regional arts agency based in Atlanta, profiles the creative industries in Alabama as an 8.7 billion dollar economy. The report highlights an industry representing over 4,700 businesses and employing 71,000 people, earning over two billion dollars annually. The nonprofit arts and culture community is at the core of the data collected, but the report also includes the for-profit sector as part of the total industry profile. Read more

  • In Memoriam: Helen Norris, June 22, 1916-November 18, 2013

    “We are sad to learn that Alabama has lost another luminary,” AWF Executive Director Jeanie Thompson posted on Facebook after learning of the death of Helen Norris Bell. “I deeply treasure the time I spent with Helen—one of the brightest minds I've encountered in Alabama letters.”

    “Mrs. Bell” to her students, “Helen Norris” to her readers, Norris passed away on November 18 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She was 97. Read more

  • Shelby County Arts Council Receives IMPACT Award for Writing Our Stories

    Donna Russell, executive director of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education (AAAE), presented the 2013 IMPACT Award to the Shelby County Arts Council (SCAC) at its annual meeting on November 12, 2013. The award is given to an organization for outstanding commitment and dedication to children and the arts for innovative and creative programming, curriculum, teaching, and/or presenting.

    Since January 2011, SCAC has worked in collaboration with the Alabama Writers’ Forum and the Shelby County School System to bring Writing Our Stories to 7th graders at Columbiana Middle School (CMS). An award-winning creative writing program for adjudicated youth, Writing Our Stories moved into Alabama public schools with its classes at CMS. Read more

  • Alabama's own Fannie Flagg comes home again with another new book inspired by her home state

    Editor’s Note: This article by Bob Carlton first appeared on al.com on Oct. 31, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. © 2013 al.com.

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Appropriately, the idea for Birmingham native Fannie Flagg's latest book, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, goes back to her family's Irondale Café, the iconic meat-and-three that was the inspiration for Flagg's breakout novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. Read more

  • Free Authors Series Offered by Alabama Center for the Book, University Press

    The Alabama Center for the Book, under the aegis of the University Libraries, and The University of Alabama Press have collaborated in a lunchtime speaker series spotlighting recent works by Alabama writers.

    Each hour-long, free session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from and engage directly with authors whose new books illuminate facets of the University, our state, region, and world. Read more

  • Brian Hawkins introduces “Behind the Gate”

    Ten McNeel School Writing Our Stories student writers read their work or the work of others at the release ceremony for Behind the Gate, an anthology of poems and stories, at the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Vacca Campus Chapel on October 31, 2013. Two of the ten students returned to campus to celebrate with their fellow writers, family members, guests, administrators, faculty, staff, and state dignitaries. Read more

  • Daniel Wallace’s “Big Fish” opens on Broadway

    Algonquin Books released Birmingham native Daniel Wallace’s novel Big Fish in 1998, and it became a runaway success, especially in Alabama, where much of the book is set. Film director Tim Burton read the book, and his film version hit the screen in 2003. Now, some ten years later, Big Fish, the musical, arrives on Broadway. Read more

  • Mt. Meigs celebrates 16 Years of Writing Our Stories

    On October 24, 2013, family members, guests, and Department of Youth Services (DYS) students, administrators, faculty, and staff filled the chapel on the DYS Mt. Meigs Campus to celebrate the release of the sixteenth installment of Open the Door, an anthology series edited by teaching writer Marlin “Bart” Barton and written by his students in the Writing Our Stories (WOS) program. Read more

  • Lee Smith to read from new novel during Fitzgerald Society Conference

    Esteemed Southern novelist Lee Smith will read from her latest novel, Guests on Earth, on Friday, November 8, 2013, at 8 p.m. at Troy University, Montgomery Campus’s Gold Room, 231 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing as well.

    Guests on Earth is the story of Evalina Touissant, orphaned child of a New Orleans exotic dancer, who enters Asheville, North Carolina’s infamous Highland Hospital in 1936. While under the care of celebrated psychologist Dr. Robert S. Carroll, Evalina meets the doomed Zelda Fitzgerald and other patients whose lives contain devastating secrets. The novel details events that lead to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women, including Zelda. Read more

  • Nominations open for 2014 Harper Lee Award

    The Alabama Writers’ Forum invites nominations for the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year 2014. 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 October 21, 2013. Read more

  • High school students statewide invited to compete in Poetry Out Loud

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education (AAAE). Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Beginning now, and continuing through December, schools are invited to participate in classroom and school-wide contests, advancing to a regional competition in late January and finally a state competition on Monday, February 17, 2014, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. The Alabama State Champion will advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., on April 28-30, 2014. Read more

  • Third annual ABF Student Readers Group selects “Weren’t No Good Times”

    The Outreach/Education sub-committee of the Alabama Book Festival (ABF) planning committee invites high school (grades 9 – 12) students and university undergraduates to participate in the third annual Student Readers Group. This program selects one Alabama-related book per year for participants to read prior to meeting the author and discussing the book at the festival on April 19, 2014, at Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town. The Student Readers Group seeks to engage high school and college students in Alabama’s culture, literature, and history by encouraging the reading of books that connect to or discuss the realities of living in the state. Read more

  • Birmingham novelist Sena Jeter Naslund lends Four Spirits title to civil rights memorial for slain children

    On Saturday, September 14,2013, a monument titled Four Spirits was unveiled in Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham as part of Empowerment Week, held in commemoration of the civil rights movement and culminating in recognition of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963. The memorial, positioned diagonally across the street from the church, was created through a commission with Birmingham native Elizabeth McQueen.

    The City of Birmingham is commemorating the events of 1963, the historic year in civil rights history, with its Fifty Years Forward initiative.

    Sena Jeter Naslund’s novel, Four Spirits inspired the monument’s title, according to Chervis Isom, a founding member of the Board of Governors of Four Spirits, Inc., the non-profit organization that raised funds to erect the monument. Read more

  • In Memoriam: Albert Murray, May 12, 1916-August 18, 2013

    Noted writer and Nokomis, Alabama, native, Albert Murray, 97, died Sunday, August 18, 2013, at his home in New York. Recipient of the inaugural Harper Lee Award
    for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year
    in 1998, Murray earned his reputation writing about social justice, particularly in the South. An authority on the blues and jazz, Murray often incorporates the cadence of the music into his writing. Read more

  • Birmingham’s Michael Morris to join AWF board of directors

    Michael Morris of Birmingham has accepted a position on the Forum’s board of directors for fiscal years 2014-2016. The 2014 fiscal year begins October 1, 2013. FY 2014 will also mark the Forum’s 20th Anniversary.

    “Alabama has such a rich literary history, and I see the Alabama Writers' Forum as a way of bridging that legacy with new voices across our state,” said Morris. “It’s an honor to join the board. I look forward to spreading the word about the Forum not only with other writers but also with corporations and elected officials.” Read more

  • Poets & Writers Selects Alabama for 2014 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

    Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, invites Alabamian writers to apply for the 2014 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award.

    Each year, Poets & Writers invites poets and fiction writers from a selected state to apply for the award. This year, those who are residents of Alabama are eligible, provided that they have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying. The judges for 2014 are Victor LaValle for fiction and Evie Shockley for poetry. Read more

  • AHF to honor Horton, Noble, & Books-A-Million

    Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) Annual Awards Luncheon will feature an all-star cast October 7 at noon at Birmingham’s The Club.

    Best-selling author and Harper Lee Award recipient Winston Groom will offer the keynote address. Renowned multi-instrumentalist Bobby Horton will receive the 2013 Alabama Humanities Award. AHF will also award Don Noble with the Wayne Greenhaw Service Award and Books-A-Million with the Charitable Organization Award.

    To purchase tickets phone Paul Lawson at 205-558-3992. Please RSVP by September 30, 2013. Read more

  • Documentary based on Mobile County teachers’ book receives regional Emmy

    A documentary based on a book co-authored by University of South Alabama Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard and Bayou La Batre teachers Sheila Hagler and Peggy Denniston won a regional Emmy for Outstanding Achievement, Television Programming Excellence in the category of Documentary-Cultural from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on June 8. Read more

  • Bullman, Stevens receive ASCA Literature Fellowships

    At its June meeting in Montgomery, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded fifteen fellowship grants. Brooke Bullman of Huntsville and Kyes Stevens of Waverly received the two Literature Fellowships. Read more

  • J. Mark Hart & Pro Start Academy team up to produce Teen Video Book Report

    Birmingham author J. Mark Hart
    recently teamed up with Pro Start Academy to produce a Teen Video Book Report for his new young adult novel, Fielder's Choice. Read more

  • HLA and The Ardent Writer Press release student anthology

    For forty-five years, the Huntsville Literary Association (HLA) has sponsored the Young Writers Contest for elementary, middle, and high school students in Huntsville and Madison County to encourage creative writing and the literary arts. Read more

  • Former BWR Editor Makes 10 Best Millennial Author List

    Flavorwire.com recently chose former Black Warrior Review editor Alissa Nutting as one of the 10 Best Millennial Authors You Probably Haven’t Read (Yet). Read more

  • J.D. Wilson joins UA Press

    The University of Alabama Press, founded in 1945 and the largest publisher in the state, announced recently that it has hired John "J.D." Wilson as sales and marketing director. A professional with twenty-four years' experience in publications and marketing, Wilson will contribute his expertise in traditional areas of publicity, advertising, direct marketing, exhibits, and sales as well as in the rapidly growing areas of database and metadata management and social media. He will work in the Press's Tuscaloosa office. Read more

  • Nine Alabamians honored at Celebration of the Arts Awards

    The Alabama State Council on the Arts held its biannual Celebration of the Arts Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. The event recognizes and honors Alabama artists and individuals for their contribution to the arts in Alabama and beyond. Al Head, executive director of the Council said, "This awards program is an opportunity for the state to recognize special individuals who make the arts happen and bring great credit to our state through their work."

    This year’s recipients included a Pulitzer Prize winning author, an internationally recognized poet, a professor emeritus and cultural historian, a university president and his wife, a dance instructor and artistic director, a playwright, a traditional band, a community arts volunteer and arts patron, and a long-time leader in the state legislature. Their contributions to the arts are diverse and far-reaching. Their impact on the entire state has been profound and sustained for many years. Read more

  • In Memoriam: Mary Ward Brown June 18, 1917-May 14, 2013

    The Alabama Writers’ Forum is saddened to learn that celebrated author Mary Ward Brown, 95, died this morning in Marion, Ala. A native and longtime resident of Hamburg in Perry County, Brown was a graduate of Judson College. She is survived by her son, Kirtley Ward, his wife, Susannah, and their daughters, Helen and Mary Hays.

    "On behalf of the Alabama Writers' Forum I want to express our sorrow over the passing of Mary Ward Brown,” said Kirk Curnutt, Forum board president. “Not only was she an astonishing talent, but her career was comfort to a lot of us knowing that talent blooms later in life." Read more