Ala. Writers' Forum: Literary News Jan. 2011
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Keynote speaker Sena Jeter Naslund chats with students at the 2010 HSLAA awards ceremony. (photo by Jamie Martin)
The Alabama Writers' Forum (AWF) has extended its deadline to January 24 for the 2011 High School Literary Arts Awards and Scholarship Competition (HSLAA).
The competition 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.
Teachers should mail their students' submissions to HSLAA, The Alabama Writers' Forum, PO 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.
March 1, 2011-Deadline for Art and Cultural Facilities and Fellowship applications. Applications submitted under this deadline are scheduled to be approved at the Council's June Council meeting. Funding covers the period from October 1, 2011-September 30, 2012.
June 1, 2011-Deadline for Operating Support, Program Development, Project, Presenter, Partnership, and Residency applications. Applications submitted under this deadline are scheduled to be approved at the September Council meeting. Funding covers the period from October 1, 2011-September 30, 2012.
September 1, 2011-Deadline for Folk Arts Apprenticeships, Project, Presenter, Partnership, and Residency applications. Applications submitted under this deadline are scheduled to be approved at the December Council meeting. Funding covers the period from January 1, 2012-September 30, 2012.
Applications are accepted electronically. Applicants may create an account and password and work on the application as time allows. Applicants should print a copy for their records and to obtain authorized signatures needed to complete the applications.
ASCA awarded 134 grants totaling $437,270 at its Council meeting in Montgomery on December 3, 2010. This round of grants supports arts in education, folk art, community, literature, performing, and visual arts programs from October 1, 2010-September 30, 2011. Also included in this round of awards are Folklife apprenticeship grants.
Alabama Southern Community College (Alabama Writers Symposium), the Birmingham Public Library (Word Up! Poetry Slam, Bards & Brews), and the University of Montevallo (Montevallo Literary Festival) received grants in literature. Cloverdale Playhouse was awarded a multi-disciplinary grant to stage a reading of a new play by Julia Oliver.
Rick Bragg (photo by Zach Riggins)
Auburn University College of Liberal Arts has announced a public symposium on the press in Alabama. Tony Barnhart, Rick Bragg, and Rheta Grimsley Johnson will headline a roster of presenters who will consider how the press has recorded, reported, and shaped Alabama politics, culture, and opinion.
The two-day public symposium, Becoming Alabama: Who, What, When, Where, and Why, will take place on January 21-22 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Registration for the conference is $25. Registration for meals, which will feature keynote speakers, is separate. Students may register at no cost.
The Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA) has called for submissions for its twenty-third annual "Let's Write" Literary Contest beginning January 15. Prizes include $80, $50, and $20 in the adult categories and $30, $20, and $10 for young writers. Deadline is April 15.
All entries must be original and unpublished. Prose entries must not exceed 2500 words. Poetry is limited to a maximum of thirty-six lines. Multiple entries in all categories are welcome and may be mailed in one envelope. Submission fees are $8 for each adult fiction, nonfiction, or poetry entry; $2.50 for each young writer fiction or nonfiction entry. Young writers must be age fifteen-eighteen at the time of entry.
Lorian Hemingway (photo by Tom Corcoran)
Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, created to enthusiastically support the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction. Prizes include $1,000 for first place and $500 for second and third place. Several honorable mentions are also awarded each year.
Stories in all genres of fiction are welcome. Maximum length is 3,500 words, and writers retain all rights to their work. Winners will be announced at the end of July. Entry fees are $15 for manuscripts received before May 1 and $20 afterward. Final deadline is May 15.
MCDC dancers perform Crises (photo courtesy of Merce Cunningham Dance Company)
The Alabama Dance Council (ADC) will present the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) during the 2011 Alabama Dance Festival, January 27-30 in Birmingham. Co-presented by the ADC and the Alabama Ballet, the MCDC's residency is part of the company's final Legacy Tour and their first and only performance in Alabama. It is the last opportunity to see Merce Cunningham's work performed by the dancers he personally trained. The performance is on January 28 at 8 p.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Concert Hall (BJCC).
The company will perform three masterpieces from Cunningham's prolific, sixty-year career: XOVER (2007), Crises (1960), and BIPED (1999). MCDC has had a profound impact on American art and the avant-garde since its founding in 1953. Guided by Merce Cunningham's radical approach to space, time, and technology, the company has forged a distinctive style, reflecting Cunningham's technique and illuminating the near limitless possibility for human movement.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster (online fees apply) or the BJCC Central Box Office. Admission: $67, $52, $37, $22. To purchase group tickets for 10 or more at a 15% discount, phone 205-602-3599. Group tickets: $57, $45, $32, $19.
Trudier Harris (photo courtesy of ACETA)
Tuskegee University will host the sixty-third annual conference of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) February 18-19. ACETA's theme this year is "Multiple and Intersecting Identities in Southern Literature and Culture." Trudier Harris will be the keynote speaker.
Deadlines remain open for the Mary Evelyn McMillan Award for Undergraduate Writing, the James Woodall Award for an outstanding pedagogical essay, the William J. Calvert Award for an outstanding scholarly or theoretical essay, and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship.
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission works cooperatively with the National Endowment for the Arts to sponsor The U.S./Japan Creative Artists' Program. The program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary and traditional artists from the United States to spend a three-month residency in Japan to pursue their individual artistic goals. The next deadline for this program is February 1, 2011.
This opportunity is for all creative artists. Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers, and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are also eligible.
Selected artists will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses and a housing supplement, as well as an allowance for professional support services; up to $6,000 for round trip transportation for the artist, domestic partner, and/or dependent children and a baggage/storage allowance; and a stipend for pre-departure Japanese language study in the United States.
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce that its visual arts initiative, smARTpower, is now accepting applications. The deadline is February 28, 2011.
smARTpower sends visual artists abroad to collaborate with youth and local artists in the creation of community-based projects in China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela. Focusing on community engagement that encourages dialogue, experimentation, and creativity, this program is designed to stimulate discourse around social issues, including the environment, education, health, girls or women's issues, and freedom of expression. In addition to leaving a tangible legacy of their project in the community, artists will conduct workshops, teach master classes, and perform other outreach activities while abroad.
From Fannie Flagg to fairy tales. From cerebral verse to backyard critters. Explore all these books and more in our January reviews.
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Jim Murphy, UAB Writers Series, Birmingham, Jan 19, 4 pm (photo by Glory McLaughlin)
Jan 14, 6:30 pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Realizing the Dream: Hank Klibanoff, Hotel Capstone, UA Campus, Tuscaloosa
Jan 14, 8 pm, Montevallo Poetry Slam, Eclipse Coffee & Books
Jan 19, 4 pm, UAB Writers Series: Jim Murphy, Birmingham
Jan 20, 6:30 pm, T.K. Thorne book event, Pelham Public Library
Jan 21-22, Becoming Alabama, Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center
Jan 22, 11 am, Ninety-Nines Annual Fundraiser: Julie Williams, YWCA of Central Alabama, Birmingham
Jan 23, 2-5 pm, Phyllis Theroux: The Art of Journaling, Birmingham Public Library
Jan 25, 5-7 pm, Wayne Greenhaw book event, Page & Palette, Fairhope
Jan 26, 1-2:30 pm, Alabama Writers Series: Jennie Helderman, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Gadsden Center
Jan 27, noon, Architreats: Food For Thought: Ethel Hall, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Montgomery
Feb 2, noon, William Cobb book talk, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Feb 3, noon, Peter M. Rutkoff book event, Birmingham Public Library
Feb 4, 8 pm, Montevallo Poetry Slam, Eclipse Coffee & Books
Feb 5, 9 am-4 pm, Breeze Hill Writing Retreat, Northport
Feb 6, 2 pm, Rheta Grimsley Johnson book event, Huntsville-Madison Public Library
Feb 9, 11 am, Cosmos Club Book Event: Mary Ann Neeley, Arlington Antebellum Home & Garden, Birmingham
Feb 11, noon, Lunch and Learn: Wade Hall, Bradshaw Public Library, Valley
Feb 14, 7 pm, BACHE Visiting Writers Series: Ravi Howard, Samford University, Homewood
Feb 15, 11 am, BACHE Visiting Writers Series: Ravi Howard, Birmingham-Southern College
Feb 15, 3:30 pm, BACHE Visiting Writers Series: Ravi Howard, University of Montevallo
Feb 16, 10 am, BACHE Visiting Writers Series: Ravi Howard, Miles College, Birmingham
Feb 16, 4 pm, BACHE Visiting Writers Series: Ravi Howard, UAB, Birmingham
Feb 17, 7 pm, Bankhead Visiting Writers Series: Cecil Giscombe, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Save the Date:
April 15, Montevallo Literary Festival
April 16, 10 am-4 pm, Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery
May 5-7, Alabama Writers Symposium, Monroeville
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