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  • Natasha Trethewey, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, received the Hall-Waters Prize on April 23 following the Alabama Book Festival, where she read in the South Tent before a rapt crowd of poetry fans. The Hall-Waters Prize was established by the late Wade Hall at Troy University to honor his parents Wade H. Hall Sr. and Sarah Waters Hall. It is given annually to a Southern writer by Troy University, Wade Hall's alma mater. Each recipient receives $5,000. READ MORE…

  • Students from two South Shelby County Schools celebrated the release of a pair of poetry books with contributions from nearly 150 student writers. Pantheon of Dreams, edited by Elizabeth Birdsong, includes work by Columbiana Middle School students. Birdsong is the seventh grade English teacher at CMS. Students from Montevallo Middle School produced New Life, edited by teaching writer Tony Crunk, who taught for five years at CMS before turning the reins over to Birdsong. This is his second year at MMS. Evelyn Moore, seventh grade English teacher, serves as cooperating teacher. The books are a product of the Writing Our Stories program. READ MORE…

  • High school students are invited to enrol in the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, a three-week workshop that offers a rare opportunity for high school students to learn from published authors. Every day, students will work closely with nationally acclaimed novelists, essayists, and poets, all of whom have extensive teaching experience. The 2016 workshop will take place on June 6-24, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. READ MORE…