Writing Our Stories releases two new anthologies
WOS student writers celebrate the release of Open the Door 17, The Long Road Home
“‘Adversity introduces a man to himself,’” said poet and educator Stephen Bray, addressing the assembled students, guests, faculty, and staff in the Chapel on the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Mt. Meigs Campus on October 23, 2014, for the seventeenth annual Writing Our Stories anthology release. “Many people argue that Albert Einstein said that; others say differently. The fact is that it really doesn’t matter who said it. Every man and woman who’s faced some type of adversity in their lives knows this statement to be true.”
A week later, an invited audience gathered in the Chapel of the DYS Vacca Campus to celebrate the release of The Long Road Home, the new anthology of poems and short fiction. Jason McCall, one of two 2015 Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) Fellowship recipients in literature, delivered the keynote address.
Below is a photo gallery from the Mt. Meigs and Vacca events. Click the thumbnail to enlarge the photos & captions. (Photos by Cyndi Grimes-Alabama Department of Youth Services)
Keynote speaker Stephen Bray.
Poet Stephen Bray addresses the Mount Meigs audience. (DSC_0047)
A student reads along.
A Mount Meigs student follows as his classmate reads a poem. (DSC_0081)
Stephen Bray has his book signed.
Keynote speaker Stephen Bray has his copy of Open the Door 17 signed by a student poet. (DSC_0098)
Marlin “Bart” Barton and Steven P. Lafreniere admire the new anthology.
Teaching writer Marlin “Bart” Barton and DYS Executive Director Steven P. Lafreniere flip through a copy of Open the Door 17. (DSC_0108)
OPEN THE DOOR 17
Open the Door 17, edited by Marlin “Bart” Barton. Cover photo by Belle Prosser.
Keynote speaker Jason McCall.
Keynote speaker Jason McCall addresses the Vacca audience. (DSC_0248)
A student writer waits his turn.
A Vacca student writer waits his turn at the lectern. (DSC_0293)
A new student studies.
A new Vacca student studies his manuscript before his turn to read. (DSC_0310)
Jason McCall and Anne Kimzey queue up.
Keynote speaker Jason McCall and ASCA Literature Liaison Anne Kimzey queue up to have their new anthologies signed. (DSC_0330)
The DYS team.
DYS Schools Schools Curriculum Coordinator Tracy Smitherman, Schools Superintendent Rafael Richardson, and Executive Director Steven P. Lafreniere attend a reception after the Vacca reading. (DSC_0156)
THE LONG ROAD HOME
The Long Road Home, edited by Tony Crunk.