AWF Literary News November 2010
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Keynote speaker Sena Jeter Naslund chats with students at the 2010 HSLAA ceremony. (photo by Jamie Martin)
The Alabama Writers' Forum (AWF) has announced a January 19, 2011 deadline for the 2011 High School Literary Arts Awards and Scholarship Competition (HSLAA). Guidelines and application forms are available on the Forum's Programs page.
The 2011 HSLAA is open to Alabama high school students in grades 9-12. Scholarships are available to high school seniors. Categories include poetry, short fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, portfolios, and literary magazines. The awards ceremony will take place on March 9, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. in the State Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery.
Published writers in the above fields will choose the winning entries. Judges remain anonymous until the awards announcement is made.
Teachers should mail their students' submissions to HSLAA, The Alabama Writers' Forum, P.O. Box 4777, Montgomery, AL 36103-4777. For more information, phone 334-265-7728, toll free at 866-901-1117, or e-mail writersforum@..., subject: HSLAA.
James E. "Jimmy" Mills (photo courtesy of UA CIS)
Three renowned communication and information leaders were inducted into The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences (UA CIS) Hall of Fame on October 21. This year's honored individuals include Sanford Morton "Sandy" Grossman, James E. "Jimmy" Mills, and Charles Joseph "Joe" Scarborough.
Grossman was born in Newark, N. J. After receiving his diploma from Weequahic High School, he came south to The University of Alabama to study broadcasting, graduated in 1957, and worked with Alabama Educational Television in its early years. Serving an apprenticeship as videographer and in many other capacities, Grossman learned his trade. His later career has included directing sports programming at CBS and Fox, including ten Super Bowl broadcasts. Grossman has won eight Emmys for his television direction.
Mills will be best remembered for his historic and heroic stand in defense of the First Amendment. On election day in 1962, at the height of the civil rights struggles being waged at Kelly Ingram Park and in the streets of Birmingham, Mills, then editor of the Birmingham Post-Herald, published an editorial calling for the citizens of Birmingham to reject then-Mayor Arthur Haynes and Public Safety Commissioner Bull Connor by changing Birmingham's form of government to a mayor-council system. Born in Little Rock, Ark., Mills attended Little Rock public schools and Princeton University. He worked on several newspapers, moving to the Birmingham Post in 1931 and retiring as editor of the Post-Herald in 1967. After a life filled with honors and achievements, Mills passed away in 1998 at the age of 98.
Born in Atlanta, Scarborough graduated from Pensacola Catholic High School and then attended The University of Alabama, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1985. He has served as host of the MSNBC talk show Morning Joe; Scarborough Country, also on MSNBC; and The Joe Scarborough Show on WABC Radio. In 1994, Scarborough entered Florida politics and won a seat in the state's First Congressional District. He was re-elected and served as a member of Congress until 2001. Scarborough has published the bestsellers Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day and The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise.
Established by the CIS Board of Visitors, the Communication Hall of Fame was created in 1998 to honor, preserve, and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of civic and communication personalities who have brought lasting fame to the state of Alabama.
Edie Hand (photo courtesy of ediehand.com)
The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will host the 2010 Local Authors Expo, December 3-4 at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham. The event is a once-a-year opportunity to meet the rich tapestry of authors from the metro area's very own neighborhoods.
The event kicks off on December 3 at 4 p.m. in the Arrington Auditorium with featured guests Dale Brakhage and Edie Hand. The authors will offer a special presentation on their new book, The ABC's of Selling with Etiquette. Brakhage designed the original marketing plan for Lortab, served as president of the American Advertising Federation Birmingham, and has recently retired from his position as sales manager for The Birmingham News. Hand is the CEO of Hand 'N Hand Advertising, is actively involved with The Alliance for Women in Media Communications, and works to benefit several children's research hospitals, including the Children's Hospital of Alabama.
On December 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the library's East Building, over one hundred authors from the Birmingham area will sell and autograph copies of their books. The city of Birmingham has a rich writing community, with authors delving into personal memoirs, tales of childhood struggles, uplifting poetry, books for children, stories of romance and mystery, and more.
The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is now accepting submissions for the annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. The award seeks to enhance public awareness of the value and vulnerability of the region's natural heritage by giving special recognition to writers who most effectively tell the stories about the South's environment.
Submissions must relate to the natural environment in at least one of the following states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia. All submissions must have been published during the 2010 calendar year. Deadline is January 10, 2011.
The award has two categories: Book, for non-fiction books (not self-published), and Journalism, for newspaper and magazine writing, and online writing that is published by a recognized institution such as a newspaper, university, or non-profit organization and is journalistic in nature. Judges include award-winning author Lee Smith and Orion magazine assistant editor Hannah Fries.
Prizes of $1,000 are awarded to the winner in each category. Awards will be announced at SELC's special event during the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 19, 2011.
Each year, the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) sponsors four awards, three of them for outstanding essays and one for lifetime achievement in literary scholarship. Competition for the 2011 William J. Calvert Award for an outstanding scholarly or theoretical essay and for the 2011 James Woodall Award for an outstanding pedagogical essay is now open to college English teachers and graduate students. For undergraduates, competition for the Mary Evelyn McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award is also open. Winners of these awards will receive $150 each and will be asked to read condensed versions of their essays at the Saturday, February 19, 2011, session of ACETA's annual conference, meeting at Tuskegee University. Deadline is January 22, 2011.
ACETA's steering committee selects each year the winner of the prestigious Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. A generous benefactor of the arts and humanities, George Landegger and his Alabama River Pulp Company, provides the $5,000 and the Frank Fleming bronze of the old Monroe County Courthouse tower that the recipient will receive in Monroeville at the Alabama Writers' Symposium, May 5-7, 2011.
Calvert, Woodall, and McMillan entries should be submitted to Professor Dawn Miranda-Fraser, ACETA's President, at dawn.fraser@....
Current-Garcia nominations should be mailed to Steve Hubbard, Ph.D. / English Department / Lurleen B. Wallace Community College / 1000 Dannelly Boulevard / P.O. Box 1418 / Andalusia, AL 36420-1224.
For guidelines and more information, contact Steve Hubbard at shubbard@...
Diverse in style, experience, and topic, these gifted writers share a piece of their state--Sweet Home Alabama. --Gather Up Our Voices, selected writings from the first ten Harper Lee Award recipients.
Take a trip to Mars with Pat Duggins, meet the last Gypsy queen with William Cobb, and cook some favorite Southern dishes with Christy Jordan. November reviews also bring you new fiction from Jim Buford, Miles DeMott, and Ramey Chandler; poetry from Sue Scalf and Emily Schulten; young adult fiction from Martin Wilson; and much more.
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 link to authors, publishers, and reviewers when available. The page also features a searchable archive to benefit readers, students, and scholars.
The Fall 2010 issue of First Draft is in production. This issue features Don Noble's take on the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, Sean Hill's look at electronic broadsides, Kerry Madden's retrospect of PMS, and Tony Crunk's musings on Writing Our Stories after two years as a teaching writer in the program.
In the meantime, point your family and friends to eleven years and twenty-nine issues of First Draft online. They will enjoy reading interviews with Harper Lee Award Winners, essays by some of the country's most notable writers, and reviews of books that have become literary treasures.
First Draft mails to AWF members in good standing. Make certain to renew your membership when the time comes so you won't miss a single issue.
PMS: poemmemoirstory Publication Party, Brannon's: A Public House, Birmingham, Dec 4, 2 pm
Nov 23, 6-8 pm, Tom Franklin book event, Page & Palette, Fairhope
Nov 30, 6-7:30 pm, Bob Whetstone reading, Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo
Dec 1, noon, Birmingham Bound: Tim Hollis, Birmingham Public Library
Dec 1, 7 pm, First Wednesday Forum: Julie Williams, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery
Dec 1, 6 pm, Annual Mersmann Poetry Awards, UAB Spencer Honors House, Birmingham
Dec 2, 6-8 pm, Sena Jeter Naslund book event, Page & Palette, Fairhope
Dec 4, 2 pm, PMS: poemmemoirstory Publication Party, Brannon's: A Public House, Birmingham
Dec 4, 11 am-3 pm, Local Authors Expo, Birmingham Public Library
Dec 16, noon, Architreats: Food For Thought: Greg Waselkov, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Montgomery
Dec 16, 7 pm, Rachael Ray book event, Books-a-Million Brookwood Village, Homewood
The Scrolling Calendar on the AWF homepage features upcoming in-state readings, conferences, book signings, and more. To publicize your upcoming event, simply click "Submit your event" then complete and submit the form.
The Announcements page features nationwide publication opportunities, contests, conferences, retreats, and other items of interest to the literary community. To list your announcement, simply click the "Announcements" tab and then "Submit your announcement."
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 Steve Miller, Rick Bragg, and 2010 Poetry Out Loud state champion and national finalist Youssef Biaz.
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.
Did you know that proceeds from the sale of the Alabama Support the Arts license plate help fund the Alabama Writers' Forum? They do. Next time your car tag needs renewal, purchase one of these colorful plates to help support the Forum and other Alabama arts education projects.
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