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      AWF Newsletter October 2008

       

      Sen. Richard Shelby receives Alabama Humanities Foundation Award

      Sen. Richard Shelby accepts the 2008 Alabama Humanities Award. (photo by Yuri Ayers, Ayers Photography)

      Sen. Richard Shelby accepts the 2008 Alabama Humanities Award. (photo by Yuri Ayers, Ayers Photography)

      Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) received the 2008 Alabama Humanities Award at the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) annual awards luncheon on September 15 at the Wynfrey Hotel Ballroom in Hoover . Introduced by Wayne Greenhaw, one Alabama 's most prolific authors and AHF Board member, Sen. Shelby was presented the award for his many contributions to the humanities in our state.

      According to AHF, Sen. Shelby has tirelessly worked to obtain funding to help support programs that make a difference in the humanities in Alabama . He played an integral role in securing funds for the restoration of Vulcan, the world's largest cast-iron statue, in Birmingham . In 2005, Shelby secured a generous grant from the Small Business Administration for the Encyclopedia of Alabama, helping the site grow its staff and expand its content and capabilities. He also helped provide funding for the continued growth of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

      Sen. Shelby, a proponent of education in Alabama, has supported the construction of new facilities and building projects for the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Auburn University.

       

      Gov. Bob Riley launches the Encyclopedia of Alabama

      Gov. Bob Riley launches EOA. (photo by Yuri Ayers, Ayers Photography)

      Gov. Bob Riley launches EOA. (photo by Yuri Ayers, Ayers Photography)

      Governor Bob Riley launched the Encyclopedia of Alabama also at the Alabama Humanities Fou ndation annual awards luncheon on September 15 at the Wynfrey Hotel Ballroom in Hoover .  The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a comprehensive, online reference that tells the story of Alabama through more than 500 articles, 2,000 photographs, and over four hours of video and audio clips.

      Wayne Flynt, editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Alabama and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Auburn University , introduced Gov. Riley at the luncheon.

      "It won't make any difference to the Encyclopedia of Alabama whether a child lives in Clay County (referring to Gov. Riley's home) or Mt. Brook," Flynt told The Birmingham News. "The enclyclopedia will provide the best current knowledge...all free of charge."

      Gov. Riley lauded the Encyclopedia of Alabama as a technological advancement that will benefit students, teachers, scholars, and casual readers alike.

      THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ALABAMA

       

      Gov. and Mrs. Riley award 2008 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarships

      (l) AHF Executive Secretary Bob Stewart, First Lady Patsy Riley, (r) State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton, and Gov. Bob Riley congratulate Jenice Riley Scholarship recipients. (photo by Yuri Ayers, Ayers Photography)

      (l) AHF Executive Secretary Bob Stewart, First Lady Patsy Riley, (r) State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton, and Gov. Bob Riley congratulate Jenice Riley Scholarship recipients. (photo by Yuri Ayers, Ayers Photography)

      Governor Bob Riley and Alabama First Lady Patsy Riley awarded six elementary school teachers with Jen ice Riley Memorial Scholarships at a patron's reception held prior to the Alabama Humanities Foundation  annual awards luncheon on September 15 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover . The scholarships support professional development and classroom enhancements in history and civics.

      Generously funded by Edgar Welden of Birmingham , the scholarships honor the memory of Jenice Riley, whose dedicated passion for teaching and devotion to community helped ensure a quality education for Alabama students. Ms. Riley is the late daughter of Gov. and Mrs. Riley.

      This years' scholarship recipients are Angie Hardiman, kindergarten teacher at New Market School, New Market; Lisa Hargett, fourth-grade teacher at Hayden Elementary School, Hayden; Lorie Johnson, reading teacher at Richland Elementary School, Auburn; Karissa Lang, fourth-grade teacher at Leon Sheffield Magnet School, Decatur; Marcia Webb, third-fifth grades teacher at Cary Woods Elementary, Auburn; and Evie Whitaker, fifth-grade teacher at Owens Cross Roads School, Owens Cross Roads.

      THE JENICE RILEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP...

       

      Tony Crunk joins Writing Our Stories

      Tony Crunk (photo by Andrew Hensley)

      Tony Crunk (photo by Andrew Hensley)

      Tony Crunk joins the Writing Our Stories (WOS) program this month as a teaching writer at the Adele Goodwyn McNeel School , Department of Youth Services-Vacca Campus in Birmingham .  Crunk will teach two creative writing classes, featuring lessons in poetry, short fiction, and memoir.

      "We are very pleased to have such an award-winning writer and experienced teacher as Tony Crunk join our program," said Marlin Barton, Master Teacher and Assistant Director for Writing Our Stories. "And the fact that he writes and publishes in so many different genres is an added bonus. He'll have much to offer students who are eager to learn."

      Crunk is the author of seven books in various genres.  His most recent include Stories from Real Life (illustrated by Peter Wilm; short fiction), Greencup Books, 2008; Cumberland (poetry), Mercy Seat Press, 2007; and Railroad John and the Red Rock Run (children's book), Peachtree Publishers, 2006. His poems have appeared in various journals, including the Paris Review, the Georgia Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

      His awards include the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, an Individual Artist's Fellowship in Literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Virginia Prize in Poetry.

      Crunk earned his MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from the University of Virginia , an MA in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky , and a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Centre College of Kentucky.  He has served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birm ingham, Murray State University , the University of Montana Missoula , and the University of Virginia .

      Crunk will replace Danny Gamble, who joined WOS at McNeel School in 1999. Gamble will join the full-time staff at AWF.  Here he will continue to edit First Draft, First Draft Reviews Online, writersforum.org, and Literary News.

      McNeel School English teacher Harold Abrams will join Crunk as cooperating teacher.  Abrams replaces Linda A. McQueen, McNeel School Media Specialist, who teamed with Gamble for seven years.

      Writing Our Stories: An Antiviolence Creative Writing Program is a partnership program of the Alabama Department of Youth Services and the Alabama Writers' Forum.

      WRITING OUR STORIES...

       

      Gather Up Our Voices events prove successful

      (l-r) AWF Board members Lynne Berry and Linda Spalla, writer Wayne Greenhaw, and AWF Executive Director Jeanie Thompson at Huntsville event. (photo by Bryan Bacon. Used with the courtesy of the Huntsville Times. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)

      (l-r) AWF Board members Lynne Berry and Linda Spalla, writer Wayne Greenhaw, and AWF Executive Director Jeanie Thompson at Huntsville event. (photo by Bryan Bacon. Used with the courtesy of the Huntsville Times. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)

      The Alabama Writers' Forum co-hosted two successful fund-raising events in September.  Both events featured readings from Gather Up Our Voices: Selected Writings from Recipients of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama 's Distinguished Writer 1998-2007.

      On September 10, more than sixty people attended a wine and cheese reception at Burritt on the Mountain in Huntsville .  AWF Board members Linda Spalla and Lynne Berry hosted the event. Wayne Greenhaw, winner of the 2006 Harper Lee Award, read a selection from his book Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow, written with Donnie Williams and included in Gather Up Our Voices.  He later signed copies of the anthology.

      The Forum and librarian Katie Williams hosted William Cobb on September 18 at the Parnell Memorial Library in Montevallo. Some twenty people attended the event.  Cobb, the 2007 winner of the Harper Lee Award, read excerpts from his short story "Walking Strawberry," included in Gather Up Our Voices.  During a reception, Cobb chatted with the guests and signed copies of the anthology.

      Gather Up Our Voices editor and AWF Executive Director Jeanie Thompson spoke at both events.

      The premier publication for the Alabama State Council on the Arts' "The Year of Alabama Arts," Gather Up Our Voices features poems, stories, and nonfiction from the first ten winners of Alabama 's most prestigious literary award.   The 130-page large format paperback also features twenty-five hand-colored black and white photographs by award-winning Alabama photographer Wayne Sides of Florence .

      The Harper Lee Award, 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.  The Alabama Writers' Forum coordinates the process to select the Harper Lee Award recipient annually from nominations from the field.

      To order copies of Gather Up Our Voices contact the Alabama Writers' Forum toll free at 1-866-901-1117 or e-mail writersforum@....  Proceeds from the book's sales benefit the programs of the Forum.

      Gather Up Our Voices...

       

      Richard Goodman to offer memoir writing workshop in Auburn

      Richard Goodman (photo by Deborah Attoinese)

      Richard Goodman (photo by Deborah Attoinese)

      Writers-experienced or aspiring-can learn about their craft from a master on November 1 when the Alabama Writers'20Forum and Auburn Arts Association co-sponsor award-winning author Richard Goodman for "From Memory to Story: Writing Your Life," an afternoon-long memoir writing workshop at the Jan Dempsey Arts Center in Auburn.

      Goodman, author of The Soul of Creative Writing and French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, has written on a variety of subjects for many national publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Review, Vanity Fair, The Writer's Chronicle, and Saveur.

      He has taught writing in New York for many years, and he was a founding member of the New York Writers Workshop. He presently teaches creative nonfiction at Spalding University's Brief Residency MFA in Writing Program in Louisville , Kentucky .

      Goodman travels widely, conducting workshops on writing around the country. He was in Alabama last spring during the Alabama Book Festival to teach a class.  Response to that class was so great that the Forum decided to bring him back.

      The workshop will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Art Center on Drake Avenue in Auburn .  Early bird registration fee is $40 if paid by Oct. 21. Otherwise, cost for the afternoon-long workshop is $50 per person.  Writers of all levels of experience are welcome to attend.  Deadline for reserving a seat in the class is Oct. 28.

      To reserve space in the workshop, call the Forum toll free at 1-866-901-1117 or email writersforum@....  Make checks or money orders payable to the Alabama Writers' Forum.  Registrations paid by Oct. 28 will be guaranteed space.  Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available on the day of the workshop.

      For more information about the workshop, contact 334-332-2923 or smithcl@....

      RICHARD GOODMAN...

       

      Nominations open for Harper Lee, Eugene Current-Garcia Awards

      The Alabama Writers' Forum invites nominations for the Harper Lee Award for Alabama 's Distinguished Writer of the Year 2009. The award will be made to a living, nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant, lifelong contribution to Alabama letters. The Harper Lee Award recognizes those who primarily write creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, memoir, poetry, or a combination of these.  This is not an award for journalistic, historical, or scientific writing, nor is it an award for service, scholarly research, or teaching. Nominations must be received by November 5, 2008. 

      The Harper Lee Award carries a $5,000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze rendering of the Monroeville Courthouse Clock Tower.  The Harper Lee Award for 2009 will be presented with its sister award, the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama 's Distinguished Scholar of the Year 2009, at the Alabama Writers Symposium at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville , April 30-May 2, 2009.

      For guidelines to nominate candidates for the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama's Distinguished Literary Scholar 2009, contact Dr. Steve Hubbard, executive secretary,

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