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  • On June 3, the Department of Youth Services (DYS) dedicated the new treatment facility for girls in honor of former DYS Executive Director J. Walter Wood Jr. Wood was the longest serving state juvenile corrections executive in the United States when he retired on June 30, 2014. During his tenure as executive director of DYS, Wood implemented a number of juvenile justice reforms and improved treatment options for young offenders.

    The Forum partners with DYS for the Writing Our Stories program. READ MORE…

  • Books-A-Million will commemorate the 23rd anniversary of Mark Childress’ award-winning novel, Crazy in Alabama, with a special event on Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. A Celebration of Crazy in Alabama will take place at the beautifully-restored Lyric Theatre, located at 1800 3rd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham. The event will feature a group discussion with Childress and a panel of his favorite Southern writers. Guests will enjoy a witty, insightful, and historically relevant commentary on literary themes from the book, book signings, a cash bar, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. READ MORE…

  • At its June meeting in Montgomery, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded sixteen fellowship grants including one arts administration fellowship totaling $80,000, and seven Arts and Cultural Facilities grants totaling, $177,500, for a grand total of $257,500. Fellowship grants are awarded to individual artists and are based on merit of work, career achievement, professional development, and service to the state. Arts and cultural facilities grants are awarded for planning, design or construction of an arts space. All projects must involve top professionals with demonstrated expertise in urban and/or community planning, architecture, landscape design, or historic preservation. This round of grants will support activity taking place between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017.

    Jacqueline Allen Trimble of Montgomery and Ash Parson of Auburn received Literary Arts Fellowships. READ MORE…


Louie Skpper’s As Sunrise Becomes the World “has done for me what great books do: it has changed the way I consider my life.”—Edward Haworth Hoeppner, from his preface