HLA Annual Banquet with Guest Speaker Jeanie Thompson
Huntsville Country Club
2601 Oakwood Avenue NW
Huntsville, AL 35810
Our guest speaker is Jeanie Thompson. She is an award-winning writer, editor, literary arts educator, and arts advocate in her home state of Alabama. Her poetry collections include The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller, The Seasons Bear Us; White for Harvest: New and Selected Poems, Witness, and How to Enter the River. With Jay Lamar, Jeanie edited The Remembered Gate: Memoirs of Alabama Writers.
Jeanie holds the MFA from the University of Alabama, where she was founding editor of the literary journal Black Warrior Review. She has been awarded Individual Artist fellowships from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. In 2003, the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences awarded Jeanie the Distinguished Alumni Artist of the Year.
Since 1993, Jeanie has directed the Alabama Writers' Forum, a statewide literary arts organization in Montgomery whose literary arts education program, Writing Our Stories, has provided creative writing instruction for at-risk youth since 1997. She consults with other educators on literary arts education opportunities in Alabama, and she is a state arts advocate, helping arts educators and elected officials learn more about opportunities in Alabama. Jeanie teaches in the Spalding Univeform for rsity low-residency MFA Writing Program in Louisville, KY.
Prior to the banquet there will be an HLA Board meeting at 6:00.
Members can pay for their banquet meals online with PayPal.