Monday, June 21, 2010

UWG Professor Wins Poetry Award

Dr. Greg Fraser, a UWG associate professor of English and creative writing, recently received the 46th Georgia Author of the Year Award for Poetry. The award honored Fraser’s book, Answering the Ruins.

The award, sponsored by the Georgia Writers Association, was one of many honoring a variety of Georgia authors for categories ranging from poetry to prose.

The association held a ceremony at the Kennesaw State University Center that was attended by almost 200 people. Steve Goss, the host of Morning Edition for Public Broadcasting (WABE 90.1 in Atlanta), hosted this year’s ceremony.

The author award was not the first time Fraser has been honored.

Fraser’s first book of poetry Strange Pietà (2003) won the Walt McDonald Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award.

Fraser is a recipient of a grant from National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Arts Council.

Fraser has also written a book with fellow UWG professor Dr. Chad Davidson, Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What if Little Red Riding Hood carried an axe, and wasn’t afraid to use it?

Sisters Red
By Jackson Pearce

“This well-written, high-action adventure grabs readers and never lets go.” - School Library Journal, starred review

Young adult author Jackson Pearce gives readers a thrilling modern-day twist on the classic Grimm Brothers’ tale with her new novel Sisters Red. Scarlett and Rosie March have spent most of their lives hunting the Fenris, the race of werewolves that transform from handsome men into relentless killers. Ever since a Fenris killed their grandmother and took Scarlett’s eye in a brutal attack years ago, the sisters have honed their skills in fighting back. Donning blood-red cloaks and wielding sharp blades and hatchets, they lure out and kill the Fenris to protect other young girls from a grisly fate.

When the Fenris begin mysteriously growing their ranks and a rash of murders shakes Atlanta, the sisters move to the city in search of answers. While there, Rosie finds herself drawn to Silas, the sisters’ childhood friend who has returned to help them hunt. But as he and Rosie grow closer, their bond threatens to drive the sisters apart, potentially destroying all they’ve worked for.

An empowering story filled with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless, Sisters Red is not to be missed.

Jackson Pearce is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is now a full-time writer. At twenty-six years old, Sisters Red is already her second published novel. Jackson currently lives in Atlanta and you can visit her online at

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Author Papa Moon Book Signing Event

WHEN: 6-19-10
TIME: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Books-A-Million, The Avenue at Peachtree City, Peachtree City, GA 30269
WHAT: Papa Moon, a resident of Newnan, GA, will be available to sign copies of his Children's book, My Window.

It's difficult to watch the world pass you by on a day when you can't go out to play. If you've ever had to watch your friends play without you, you will be able to identify with the little girl in My Window when you find out why she can't go out to play on this particular day.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Porter Fleming Literary Competition

Submission Deadline: July 31

The 2010 Porter Fleming Literary Competition, now in its seventeenth year, recognizes the outstanding work of writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays who reside in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina. All are invited to enter. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2010. Entry forms and guidelines can be found on

“The Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County are honored to have sponsored the literary competition since its founding by Augusta author and artist Berry Fleming,” said Cobbs Nixon, a Trustee of the Academy of Richmond County. “Our hope is that this competition will foster more great writers within our city, state, and region.”

“We are, of course, very pleased to be associated in this important endeavor with our friends at the Porter Fleming Foundation,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art. “The region’s literature is an unusually rich component of the culture of the South. It offers us another means of achieving understanding of the region and its people, just as the visual arts, music, and dance do.”

The writing competition is held in memory of Porter Fleming, a prominent citizen of Augusta, Georgia. In 1963, Porter Fleming’s son, Berry Fleming, who had himself achieved renown as a writer, artist, and philanthropist, established a charitable foundation in honor of his father. To this day, the Porter Fleming Foundation contributes to the educational, literary, artistic, scientific, historical, musical, and cultural enrichment of the lives of the residents of the City of Augusta and the geographical area immediately adjacent to it in Georgia and South Carolina. The literary competition is administered by the Morris Museum of Art, the first museum in the country devoted to the art and artists of the American South, with the financial support of the Porter Fleming Foundation.

Porter Fleming Literary Competition winners receive cash awards. The awards will be presented during a special literary ceremony which will be held on Saturday, September 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Morris Museum of Art auditorium. The event takes place during the Westobou Festival, an annual celebration of the Arts in Augusta, Georgia.

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of nearly five thousand works of art spans more than two hundred years, from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit or call 706-724-7501.