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      AWF Newsletter August 2008


      ASCA announces 2009 Fellowships and Art and Cultural Facilities Grants

      Jennifer Paddock (Photo by Sidney Thompson)

      Jennifer Paddock (Photo by Sidney Thompson)

      Jennifer Horne of Cottondale has received a Poetry Fellowship and Jennifer Paddock of Fairhope a Literature Fellowship.  The $5000 grants were awarded by the Alabama State Council on the Arts at its June meeting.

      Horne has contributed to Alabama 's literary community for the last twenty years by serving as an editor, reviewer, panelist, and contest judge. To further her career, she plans to use her Fellowship to participate in writing residencies and to attend conferences to stimulate and energize her work. Horne currently serves as Poetry Reviews Editor for First Draft Reviews Online and as an Adjunct Instructor at University of Alabama Honors College.

      Paddock will use her Fellowship to complete her third novel, connecting it with her first novel, A Secret Word. This third novel will also tie in with her second novel, Point Clear, making a trilogy. When doing research on her books for the character of Leigh and the continuing storyline, Paddock learned of her Cherokee lineage. For additional research, she plans to visit the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah , Oklahoma , to bring this storyline forward.

      Fellowships are the most prestigious of grants awarded to individuals by ASCA. Fellowships are given to individuals working in literature, arts administration, crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, theatre, and visual arts. These awards recognize artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity. Recipients may use funds to set aside time to create art, improve their skills, or to do what is mo st advantageous to enhance their artistic careers.

      The Fellowships are awarded in response to applications submitted under a March 1, 2008 deadline and are awarded for the 2009 fiscal year. The next deadline for submission of Fellowship and Arts and Cultural Facilities applications is March 1, 2009.

      ASCA awarded sixteen Fellowship grants totaling $80,000 and nine Art and Cultural Facilities grants totaling $348,000, for a total of $428,000 at its June meeting in Montgomery . Fellowship grants are awarded to individual artists and one arts administrator and are based on merit of work, career achievement, career potential, and service to the state. Art 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 artistic endeavors October 1, 2008-September 30, 2009.



      < FONT face=arial,helvetica,sans-serif color=#000080 size=3>This Goodly Land offers new features

      This Goodly Land : Alabama 's Literary Landscape, the online literary map from the Alabama Center for the Book, has updated its Web site to include many new features. 

      The site's home page now displays a list of events in Alabama literary history associated with the present date. To see what happened on another date, simply select any day-month combination.

      The This Goodly Land blog, another new feature, introduces new and exciting developments on the Web site. It also announces events to promote the site and to call attention to items related to Alabama 's authors and to its literature. Viewers may register to receive updates sent20to their e-mail addresses or to a feedreader such as Google Reader or My Yahoo!.

      The site recently added a video essay featuring Alabama author Peter Huggins discussing the meaning of "place" and reciting his poem "An Airfield in Alabama ." In the future, other writers will consider their relationships with the state. The site also plans to offer podcasting as a way to explore aspects of Alabama literature in greater depth.

      This Goodly Land recently added a fresh new logo, created by Auburn University graphic design student Katie Corven. The curved lines represent both the pages of an open book and the undulations of the Alabama landscape. The green color suggests the lushness of Alabama 's forests and agriculture.

      The site also plans fresh updates in the next few months. In the fall, it will introduce "A Year of Alabama Books," a pair of reading lists-one for adults and older teens, one for younger readers-with books related to months of the year. A bookmark with the lists will be distributed and will also be available on the Web site as a PDF.

      This Goodly Land profiles Alabama authors past and present and links them to specific Alabama counties. Viewers can look for a list of authors from their own counties or find information about individual authors. Since the public launch in January 2007, the number of authors profiled has more than doubled, bringing the total to 134. Fifty-two Alabama counties have links to profiled authors, and research continues for additional names for authors with ties to the remaining fifteen.  The site is also finalizing a third list of authors, and it will add their profiles as they're completed.



      AWF takes Writing Our Stories to Baldwin, Mobile Counties

      Priscilla Hancock Cooper leads the WOS workshop in Spanish Fort (Photo by Lenora Havel)

      Priscilla Hancock Cooper leads the WOS workshop in Spanish Fort (Photo by Lenora Havel)

      Priscilla Hancock Cooper, teaching writer for the Writing Our Stories program, conducted a one-day workshop for teachers and administrators from Baldwin and Mobile County schools in June.  Sponsored by the Baldwin County Public School system and held at the Five Rivers Resource Center in Spanish Fort, the workshop engaged the educators in a series of writing exercises drawn from the Writing Our Stories Curriculum Guide.

      Cooper facilitated the discussion of the challenges and opportunities that teachers face while engaging students to develop their use of creative writing as a vehicle for discovering their voices and building their language arts skills.

      Dr. Lawanna Sharpless, Baldwin County Public Schools English Supervisor, organized the workshop. "Ms. Cooper is a wonderful leader who validates and encourages everyone," said Sharpless. "She conveyed her workshop information with enthusiasm and confidence, and her warm, rich love for writing inspired our teachers."

      Writing Our Stories: An Anti-Violence Creative Writing Program is a partnership project of the Alabama Writers' Forum and the Alabama Department of Youth Services.

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      Excalibur Press to publish new Christmas anthology

      Mobile's Excalibur Press has announced a call for submissions for fiction or non-fiction stories for its new annual anthology Christmas Is a Season: 2008.  Submissions should have a Christmas theme and range between 700 and 5,000 words.  The anthology will be paperback with a four-color cover and will be available in early November. =2 0Deadline is September 20.

      Both fiction and non-fiction submissions should express some aspect of the spirit of Christmas:  the meaning of Christmas; the religious significance of the season; the spirit of giving and receiving; peace; the meaning and importance of family at Christmas; Christmas charity; Christmas from a child's point of view; the hustle-bustle of Christmas; the humor in the season; the sadness in the season; decorating for the holidays; the family feast; the Christmas blues; or any subject related to Christmas and what Christmas means or has meant to you.

      More than the narration of a single incident, each piece should tell a story, a complete narrative with an arc-building to a climactic moment and a falling away from that climactic moment in some form of resolution.  Non-fiction work should take the form of a personal essay.  Longer pieces should be tightly edited and offer considerable payback in terms of the quality and punch of the story or essay.

      Each contributor will receive one copy of the anthology and a price reduction for each copy purchased.

      Christmas Is a Season: 2008 will be edited by Linda Busby Parker, PhD, MFA.  Parker is the author20of the novel Seven Laurels and winner of the James Jones First Novel Award and The Langum Prize for Historical Fiction.

      Submit work to Excalibur Press, 3090 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile , Alabama 36607 .

      For more information, e-mail Excalibur Press at excaliburpress@....


      Central Alabama Writers Group seeks new members

      The Central Alabama Writers Group is looking for new members. Membership is open to anyone interested in writing fiction, articles, or for the Web. At present, membership includes no dues or fees.

      Meetings will be scheduled beginning this fall. The group invit es members past and future to join the mailing list on its Web site to keep informed about upcoming events.

      Proposed activities include readings with Alabama authors, participation in National Novel Writing Month, and peer critiques of articles and manuscripts.

      Central Alabama Writers Group members have included journalists, authors, award winners, and National Novel Writing Month participants.



      NEA announces American Masterpieces-Presenting grants deadline

      < STRONG>The National Endowment for the Arts' initiative, American Masterpieces-Presenting, has announced its application deadline. This program allows presenters the opportunity to do what they do best-design and create their own multidisciplinary program for consideration as an American Masterpiece. The grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.

      Deadline is September 26, although due to Grants.gov, the NEA strongly encourages application by September 19.

      Presenting organizations of all sizes, genres, and aesthetics may apply, including networks of presenters, college or university presenters, local/national/regional presenters, and national service organizations and their networks.

      The Presenting category offers applicants in Learning in the Arts, Challenge America-Fast Track, or Access to Artistic Excellence an additional opportunity to receive project funding.

      For further information, contact NEA Director of Presenting Mario Garcia Durham at 202-682-5469 or durhamm@... or Presenting Specialist Silvio Lim at 202-682-5658 or lims@....

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      AWF offers Gather Up Our Voices August membership incentives

      The Alabama Writers' Forum is offering the anthology Gather Up Our Voices: Selected Writings from Recipients of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer, 1998-2007 at a discount with membership renewals or reinstatement of lapsed memberships=2 0in August. The large-format quality paperback includes works of fiction and poetry from the first ten winners of the Harper Lee Award.

      Lapsed or renewing members can receive Gather Up Our Voices for the discounted price of $15 when they renew their $35 memberships in this special August-only promotion.  Simply click JOIN on the AWF Web site, print and complete the form, and mail it with a check or money order for $50 to the AWF office, P.O. Box 4777 , Montgomery , AL 36103-4777 .  Please note on the form that you also would like to purchase the book for $15.

      Current individual members may order the book for $15 also during the month of August. To order, send a $15 check or money order to the Forum at the address above. No order form is required.

      Editor's Circle, Author's Choice, and Scribe members will receive the book as a premium with their renewed memberships through July 2009.  These premium members may follow the previously mentioned steps to renew their memberships.

      Gather Up Our Voices includes work by Albert Murray, Madison Jones, Helen Norris, Sena Jeter Naslund, Mary Ward Brown, Rodney Jones, Sonia Sa nchez, Andrew Hudgins, Wayne Greenhaw, and William Cobb.  The book also includes hand-colored black and white photography by award-winning Alabama artist Wayne Sides.

      The Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer of the Year, presented annually by Alabama Southern Community College at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville , is made possible through a generous grant from George F. Landegger, Alabama River Pulp Company, Inc.  AWF coordinates the process to select the Harper Lee Award recipient annually from nominations from the field.

      To take advantage of these offers, please respond by August 31. For more information, phone toll free 1-866-901-1117 or e-mail writersforum@....



      August book reviews offer readers the best in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction at writersforum.org

      August reviews offer insight into poetry by Louie Skipper and Jake Adam York, fiction by Michelle Richmond, memoir by Cathy Day, and non-fiction by Joe L. Coker and Janis Bell.

      Each month First Draft Reviews Online features reviews of books by Alabama authors, books about our state, and books by local publishers.  Each review offers a Web link to authors, publishers, and reviewers when available.  The page also features a searchable archive to benefit readers, students, and scholars.

      Simply click Book Reviews.



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