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Announcing

Georgia Southern University’s

Department of Writing and Linguistics

2014 Roy F. Powell Awards

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Writing Competition

 

$100 prize in each category

Publication in Miscellany

Recognition at Honors Day

 

 

The Rules:

1. The competition is open to all Georgia Southern University students.

 

2. You may enter any or all categories by submitting

    a.   three poems, and/or

    b.   one short story no longer than 1300 words, and/or

    c .  one creative nonfiction piece no longer than 1300 words

 

3. All entries must be original and unpublished.

 

4. All entries must be typewritten. Poetry should be single spaced; fiction and creative nonfiction must be double spaced.

 

5. Submit entries as an email attachment  (doc., docx., or pdf) to:enelson@georgiasouthern.edu

In the body of your email include your name, email address, phone number, and the category (or categories) of your submission—poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction

For poetry, submit the three poems as a single file    

If you enter in more than one category, attach each category as a separate file

 

6. All entries must be received by 4:00 pm, Friday, February 21, 2014.  Winners will be notified by March 10, 2014.  If you have not been contacted by this date, you can assume your entry is not a finalist.  We regret we cannot contact you personally.

 

 

For more information: contact Writing and Linguistics office at 478-0739 or enelson@georgiasouthern.edu

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Third Annual Statesboro: The Write Place

On the evening of Thursday, November 14, at 7 pm in the Emma Kelly Theater, members of the community will once again have the opportunity to experience the diversity and richness of the literary arts in Statesboro.  Collaborating with the Averitt Center, the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Statesboro Magazine, and Friends of the Library, the Department of Writing and Linguistics continues its commitment to promote regional writers through the third annual Statesboro: The Write Place literary festival.

At the main event of the festival, six writers will read from their works.  Among the authors are faculty from Writing and Linguistics: Zach Bush (poetry), Sarah Domet (fiction), and Christina Olson (poetry).  The readers also include Jordan Fennell, a graduate of GSU who is working on his first novel, and Maya Van Wagenen, a local fifteen year old whose first book is coming out in 2014: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek.  Maya’s talent was recognized last year when she was a winner in the high school creative writing contest that Write Place sponsors.

The headliner for the evening is Tony Arata, an award-winning songwriter and graduate of Georgia Southern.  Arata’s song “The Dance,” performed by Garth Brooks, won the 1990 Song of the Year Award from the Country Music Association.  His songs have also been performed by Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Clay Walker, and Randy Travis among others.

During the week the festival will include events at the Statesboro Regional Library, where children’s authors will read from their works and the Friends of the Library will host Writers Workshops.  All events are free and open to the public.

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Wilson and Clark Together Again!

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce writers Kevin Wilson and Brock Clarke. These authors will be visiting Statesboro, October 9th and 10th, 2013. Wilson is the author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and of the nationally acclaimed The Family Fang, soon to be filmed by actor/director Nicole Kidman. Clarke has published five novels and collections, including An Arsonists Guide to Writers Homes in New England, a national best seller. 


On October 9th at 7 pm an informal reading by Wilson and Clark will be held at the Statesboro Library with a reception following the event. On October 10th, a formal reading will be held at Georgia Southern University in the College of Information Technology Building room 2004 at 7 pm. We encourage all Georgia Southern students, faculty and Statesboro residents to join us. These events are both free and open to the public.
 
These events are sponsored by CLEC, The Peter Christopher Fund, Statesboro Write Place and The Friends of the Library, the Statesboro Holiday Inn and the Department of Writing & Linguistics.  
 
For more information, contact the Department of Writing and Linguistics at 912-478-0739.

Friday, August 23, 2012

University junior Taylor Tyson to receive fifth Harbuck Scholarship

August 23, 2013

Taylor Tyson photoWritLing_IconGeorgia Southern University junior Taylor Tyson, of Loganville, Ga., will receive the 2013 Brittany “Ally” Harbuck Scholarship during a reading and reception Thursday, September 12.  Award-winning writer Janisse Ray served as this year’s scholarship judge and will present the award at 7 p.m. on campus in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology, Room 1005. In conjunction with the event, Ray will present a reading of her work on Friday, September 13, at 7 p.m. in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.

Tyson’s winning submission consisted of three pieces: the short story “Sincerely,” the flash-fiction “Reentry, or How to Ensure a Shooting Star,” and the poem “Skeletel/Industrial.” The story and flash-fiction were written in Professor Laura Valeri’s fiction writing class, and the poem was written in Professor Emma Bolden’s creative writing class.

“Taylor Tyson’s work does magnificently what good literature is supposed to do, which is land us someplace we’ve never been and turn us loose as changed people,” Ray said. “I was transformed reading him. Tyson’s prose – raw, gripping, edgy, even experimental – navigates a borderland, with its intricately developed, larger-than-life characters living double lives, shapeshifting between beauty and betrayal. Tyson, with his facile prose and gritty style, proves himself a trustworthy guide as he leads us into and out of dangerous territory. His voice is flawless.”

Tyson will read from his entries during the ceremony, and members of the Harbuck family will participate in the award presentation. The ceremony will also include readings by Harbuck Scholarship finalists James Morton and Jennifer Curington and award nominees Ben Conner, James Devlin, Cady Ennis, Sarah Farris, Beth Martin, Heather Nysewander, Brittany Powell, Yavaria Ryan, Laura Smith, and Amanda White. The event will culminate with a reception.

Tyson is the fifth recipient of the scholarship endowed by David and Debi Harbuck of Savannah to honor their daughter, who died in a traffic accident in April 2005. The Harbuck Scholarship supports sophomore, junior and senior writing majors with at least a 3.0 GPA in their writing courses. To be considered for the scholarship, students must be nominated by faculty in the Department of Writing and Linguistics and must submit 10 to 15 pages of fiction, nonfiction or poetry to the Harbuck Scholarship Committee. The committee narrows the list of applicants to three finalists for judging by an outside author.

Ray – a writer, naturalist and activist – has authored four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She serves on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine in 2007. Ray won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry in 2011, a Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction in 1999, an American Book Award in 2000, the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Award for Outstanding Writing in 2000 and a Southern Book Critics’ Circle Award in 2000. Her Ecology of a Cracker Childhood was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen a Book All Georgians Should Read.

For more information, contact the Department of Writing and Linguistics at 912-478-0739.

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. CLASS, the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity, and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world.

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Wednesday August 21, 2013

The Creative Writing area of the Department of Writing & Linguistics wants to congratulate George Brannen for a publication of his flash prose in Flashes in The Dark

Brannen Memoir

George Brannen

George Brannen

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Tuesday July 22, 2013:

The Creative Writing Area of the Department of Writing & Linguistics is proud of alumni Chris Combs who just published a poem with Prairie Wolf Press Review.  Chris Combs graduated Georgia Southern in 2013.  He was winner of the Harbuck Scholarship in 2012 and a nominee of the award in 2011.  Congratulations, Chris.

We hope our readers will follow Chris Comb’s bright career by reading his poem here.

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The Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce that we will be honoring our graduating seniors this Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7 pm in the IT building room 1005. Each senior will have the opportunity to share a piece of their work written in their time here at Georgia Southern University. Please join us to celebrate the talent of Hannah Frank, Samantha Shore, Campbell Sisson, Josh Gully, Chris Kessler, Jennifer Coate, Anna Hathaway, Efad Huq, Evin Hughes, Aleta Rigdon, George Brannen, Jackson Sharpe, and Jenna Cooke with Master of Ceremonies Heather Nysewander as their time on our campus comes to an end. Anyone is welcome. Reception will follow ceremony.

April 30, 2013

We want to congratulate Writing & Linguistics senior  Gerrard “Shon” Davis for his first publication: “Reasons To Pick Up The Phone” published today on Eunoria Review.

Congratulations Gerrard.  And many more to come, certainly!

Evin Hughes

The Georgia Southern University Department of Writing and Linguistics and the Georgia Poetry Circuit are pleased to present a poetry reading by poet Jacqueline Osherow on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm, in IT Bldg. 1005.

josherowJacqueline Osherow’s poems have been awarded the Witter Bynner Prize and the 2010 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award. She has won other awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Osherow’s poetry is both conversational and learned, and concerned with the intricacies of faith and the weight of history. Her poems often have their root in the holy poems she heard as a child at temple.

Osherow’s work has been anthologized in Twentieth Century American Poetry (2003), The Wadsworth Anthology of Poetry (2005), Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology (2000), and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (2001), and twice in Best American Poetry.

The most recent of her six collections of poetry are Whitethorn (2012) and The Hoopoe’s Crown (2005). Osherow is Distinguished Professor of English and directs the creative writing program at the University of Utah.

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Writing and Linguistics Department: 478-0739.

 

Spring Sonnet, with my sister’s favorite bit of Deborah

by Jacqueline Osherow

The way I see it, every season comes through
With a blessing—winter: dazzle; summer: evening;
Autumn: cold; and this particular spring
It’s got to be you, monotonous cuckoo
Or whatever you are, blasting that major third
Like a downbeat for the music of the spheres.
And who’s to say it isn’t, that the stars
And planets aren’t guided by a bird?
Your voice certainly seems to carry far
Enough, its two persistent notes so pure
They must keep the air’s orchestra in tune.
Who cares if they’re the same again and again?
I’ll stop waiting for that new, exquisite song.
I’ve got two notes; even I will sing.

–from The Hoopoe’s Crown (BOA Editions, 2005)

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The Southern Praxis is an alternative student run campus newsletter and they want your work!

Check out the website and facebook page for more information!

 https://www.facebook.com/praxismonthly

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Pegasus Wants to Publish Your Work!

 

Seeking

Art  |  Creative Nonfiction  |  Fiction  |  Poetry  |  Photography

for the Spring 2013 issue


Deadline:  February 29, 2013

 

Visit http://www.abac.edu/pegasus

for submission guidelines and requirements

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Announcing

Georgia Southern University’s

Department of Writing and Linguistics

2012 Roy F. Powell Awards

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Writing Competition

 

$100 prize in each category

Publication in Miscellany

Recognition at Honors Day

 

The Rules:

1. The competition is open to all Georgia Southern University students.

2. You may enter any or all categories by submitting

a.  three poems and/or

b.  one short story no longer than four to five pages and/or

c.  one creative nonfiction piece no longer than four to five pages

Include your name, address, phone number, e-mail on the cover page of your entry.

3. All entries must be original and unpublished.

4. All entries must be typewritten. Poetry should be single spaced; fiction and creative nonfiction must be double spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 paper.  Since manuscripts will not be returned, please do not enclose an SASE.  Keep the original copy of your manuscript, and submit a good quality photocopy.

5. Send or deliver entry (indicate on the envelope whether poetry or fiction or nonfiction) to:

The Roy F. Powell Awards Writing Competition, Department of Writing and Linguistics,

1118 Newton Hall, P.O. Box 8026.

6. All entries must be received in the Writing & Linguistics main office by 4:00 pm, Monday, February 18, 2013Winners will be notified by March 4, 2012.  If you have not been contacted by this date, you can assume your entry is not a finalist.  We regret we cannot contact you personally.

For more information: contact Writing and Linguistics office at 478-0739 or enelson@georgiasouthern.edu

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The Department of Writing and Linguistics and the Georgia Poetry Circuit are pleased to present a poetry reading by Paul Hostovsky on Thursday, January 31st, at 7:00 pm in IT 1005. Paul Hostovsky’s personable poems are characterized by a wonderful sense of humor, thoughtful observation of both the beauty and the absurdity of daily experience, and deep compassion for all that makes us human and vulnerable.
Paul Hostovsky’s poems have won a Pushcart Prize, the Muriel Craft Bailey Award, and chapbook contests from Grayson Books, Riverstone Press, Frank Cat Press, and Split Oak Press. He has been featured multiple times on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Best of the Net. His four full-length collections of poetry include Bending the Notes (2008), Dear Truth (2009), A Little in Love a Lot (2011), and Hurt Into Beauty (2012). He lives in Boston where he has worked for twenty-five years as a sign language interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
For more about Paul and his poetry, visit his website: www.paulhostovsky.com The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Writing and Linguistics Department: 478-0739.

Not the End of the World

by Paul Hostovsky

“Unhand her, vagabond,” was my one line
in the school play. I had the part of the cop,
a minor role compared to Beth Levine’s,
the heroine, or Billy Wiesenkopf’s,
the vagabond. Still, I took my part seriously.
So although he forgot to take her hand, right on cue
I yelled, “Unhand her, vagabond,” and it struck me
and everyone else, that my line made no sense. Then I knew:
this is the kind of mistake that will end the world.
A question of bad timing will hang in the air
like an empty trapeze swinging above the smoke
of that final disaster. Someone will utter a word
too late to take back, reach for a hand that’s not there,
and “It’s not the end of the world” will not be spoken.

from Bending the Notes (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2008)

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The second annual Statesboro: The Write Place festival begins Thursday, November 1st, 7:00 pm at the Emma Kelly Theatre with a reading and book-signing by New York Times best-selling author Janisse Ray and five Georgia Southern creative writers: David Dudley, Emma Bolden, Laura Valeri, Stephanie Tames, and Jared Sexton.

On Friday, November 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Campus there will be an open-mic coffeehouse reading—everyone is warmly invited to come and participate by reading your original poetry or prose or writing by a favorite author.

On Saturday morning, Janisse Ray will lead a memoir-writing program at 8:30 a.m. at the Statesboro Public Library. Sarah Domet, author of 90 Days to Your Novel will lead a step-by-step workshop at 10 a.m. at The Statesboro Inn. Mary Ann Anderson, award-winning travel writer, will facilitate a session on working as a professional at 11:30 at the Statesboro Inn. The workshops are free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau at 912-489-1869 or emailing editor@statesboromagazine.com.

Statesboro: The Write Place is a joint event of the Georgia Southern University Department of Writing and Linguistics, Statesboro Magazine, the Averitt Center for the Arts and the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Contributing sponsors include the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, Books-A-Million, the Statesboro Holiday Inn, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Friends of the Library, the Statesboro Comfort Inn and The Lilly Group.

More information about Statesboro: The Write Place and this week’s writers and events can be found on Facebook.

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Last spring we had the pleasure of Sandra Beasley visiting Georgia Southern University for a q&a, informal talk and selected reading.  Here is an audio excerpt from her visit.  Click on the mp3 link. (Please allow a few seconds for the link to upload).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7iv8nt31wgg7rqo/Sandra%20Beasley%20Q%26A%20and%20Selected%20Readings.m4a

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