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July 2013

July 2013

Bullman, Stevens receive ASCA Literature Fellowships

At its June meeting in Montgomery, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded fifteen fellowship grants, including one arts administration fellowship totaling $75,000 and two Arts and Cultural Facilities grants totaling $40,000, for a grand total of $115,000. Brooke Bullman of Huntsville and Kyes Stevens of Waverly received the two Literature Fellowships.

Bullman received her BA in English from Auburn University, where she served as editor of the Auburn Circle literary magazine. She is enrolled in the low-residency MFA writing program at Spalding University while employed as a marketing writer in Huntsville.

Stevens is a poet with a strong work ethic and a mature style characterized by sophistication, earthiness, and a strong sense of social engagement. She received her MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and has published in multiple literary genres.
(Photo of Brooke Bullman by Kerry Brooks)



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. The contest includes an expanded Senior Short Story Division, the Dorothy Diemer Hendry Award for Literary Achievement (DDH). The work of the DDH Award winners have recently been published in an anthology, Expressions 2013: Student Voices from North Alabama, by a partnership of HLA, The Ardent Writer Press. Student bios and photos accompany their stories, an eclectic assortment of fantasy, science fiction, drama, comedy, and suspense.

Expressions 2013


Your purchase of Expressions 2013 helps fund HLA's Young Writers' Contest



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.

In the Path of the Storms was directed by Mike Letcher. Gaillard said the film “tells the story of the endangered, but treasured way of life in Bayou La Batre, Coden, and the other fishing villages on the Alabama Coast.”



AWC elects new officers

The Alabama Writers’ Conclave (AWC) met for its annual gathering of workshops, awards presentations, fellowship, and business meetings, July 12-14 at the University of South Alabama Baldwin County Campus in Fairhope.

New AWC officers include Terri French (Huntsville) / Recording Secretary; Richard Modlin (Owens Cross Roads) / Outgoing President; Linda Busby Parker (Mobile) / ’13 Nonfiction faculty member; Hank Henley (Helena) /Second Vice-president and Membership Chair; Sue Brannan Walker (Mobile) / President; P.T. Paul (Spanish Fort) / First Vice-president and Program Chair; Marian Lewis (Owens Cross Roads) / Alalitcom Editor; Nina Donath (Huntsville) / Historian.

Other officers include T.K. Thorne (Springville) / Treasurer and Marie Peerson (Birmingham) / Recording Secretary



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

Birmingham author J. Mark Hart recently teamed with Pro Start Academy to develop a Teen Video Book Report for his new young adult novel, Fielder's Choice. Hart gave Altamont School students copies of his book and spoke with them in preparation for the short video.

Set in 1969 Birmingham, Fielder's Choice is narrated by a teen athlete with a conscience. Brad Williams struggles with what he sees as unfair treatment of a new shortstop on his baseball team, though he needs to play that position himself to win a college scholarship.



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Associates’ News

Kirk and Jerri Hardesty both had work accepted to the new pirates anthology from Dark Oak Press, A Tall Ship, a Star, and a Plunder. Kirk submitted a short story, Jerri three poems.

Jo S. Kittinger’s picture book, The House on Dirty-third Street, received a 2013 Christopher Award. This title was also a finalist for an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. Her Helping a Hero, a picture book that deals with the difficulties of service men returning home with PTSD, was released this month by the American Bar Association Publishers.

Harper Lee Award recipient Sonia Sanchez has been collaborating with Mural Arts in Philadelphia, Penn., on the project, Peace Is a Haiku Song.

Gita Smith received the Best Short Story on the Web Award for 2013 from Spinetingler Magazine for her short story, “The Tractor Thief's Jacket.” (GITA)

Carey Scott Wilkerson’s new play, Seven Dreams of Falling, premiered in June in Los Angeles at the Elephant Stages’ Elephant Studio, Hollywood.


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Hear interviews with Alabama’s literati on Alabama Arts Radio

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 Chantel Acevedo, Alan and Karen Jabbour, and Adam Vines.

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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