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Ala. Writers' Forum: Literary News June 2012

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      June 2012
      Chantel Acevado, Adam Vines named ASCA Literary Fellows
      Chantel Acevado (photo courtesy of chantelacevado.com)
      Chantel Acevado (photo courtesy of chantelacevado.com)
      At its June meeting in Montgomery, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) announced recipients of its new fellowships. Chantel Acevado and Adam Vines were named Literary Fellows for FY 2013.

      Acevedo of Auburn was awarded a Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 for Literature. Acevedo’s engaging style draws the reader in. Her work is versatile over a spectrum of genres. She has received many awards including the 2006 Latino International Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. In addition to her responsibilities as a professor of Creative Writing at Auburn University, she has shown great leadership and service to the state’s literary community, especially through her work organizing the annual Auburn Writers Conference and co-editing the Southern Humanities Review.

      Vines of Birmingham also was awarded a Literary Fellowship. Vines writes with authority and specificity, yet is also able to display a quality of vulnerability. His poems are accessible, solid, grounded in nature, quiet, and considered. He has had an impressive career with published works, and his magazine publications are numerous.

      Librarian of Congress appoints Natasha Trethewey 19th Poet Laureate
      Natasha Trethewey (photo by Jon Rou)
      Natasha Trethewey (photo by Jon Rou)
      Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced on June 7 the appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the Library’s Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-2013.

      Trethewey is the author of three poetry collections, including Native Guard (2006), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000). Her newest collection of poems,Thrall, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2012. She is the author of a nonfiction book, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010).

      Trethewey once served on the English faculty at Auburn University and received an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellowship in 2000.

      AHA announces new podcast series
      Mary Ann Neeley (photo courtesy of NewSouth Books)
      Mary Ann Neeley (photo courtesy of NewSouth Books)
      The Alabama Historical Association (AHA) has announced the first two programs in its new AHA Podcast Series. These inaugural podcasts include interviews with two popular Alabama writers, Dan Haulman and Mary Ann Neeley.

      Plan your summer reading with Book Reviews Online
      Continue your summer reading with help from Book Reviews Online. June features reviews of poetry by Melissa Dickson, Johnny Summerfield, Sue Brannan Walker, and Carey Scott Wilkerson. Nonfiction reviews feature new books by Gregory Reece and Harvey H. Jackson III. New in fiction is work by B.J. Hollars and Lauren Clark. Photography and visual arts aficionados will find interest in Jerry Siegel’s new book. Or search the archives to find the latest books by your favorite authors.

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      Lena Sledge at the Alabama Writers- Conclave-s annual meeting, July 20-22, Huntsville Marriot. (photo courtesy of the Alabama Writers- Conclave)
      Lena Sledge at the Alabama Writers’ Conclave’s annual meeting, July 20-22, Huntsville Marriot. (photo courtesy of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave)
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      Alabama Arts Radio brings you outstanding interviews with your favorite authors
      Joey Brackner (photo courtesy of Alabama Arts Radio)
      Joey Brackner (photo courtesy of Alabama Arts Radio)
      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 Joey Brackner and 2012 Alabama Poetry Outloud winners Peggy Payne, Doris-Anne Darbouze, & Bonnie Chen.

      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.

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