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Celebrate National Poetry Month

April 2016 Marks the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month

“If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.” – Thomas Hardy

Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. Since its induction, National Poetry Month has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of literature nationwide, supported by avid poetry enthusiasts, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets alike.

The Academy of American Poets first established National Poetry Month in 1996. Since its conception, the Academy of American Poets has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials as well as educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations. National Poetry Month has become a trademark of the Academy of American Poets.

 “Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” – Aristotle

So grab your favorite collection of poems and quote a line to your spouse or wrestle the kids down and read a poem aloud to them. Let’s revel in the joy of poetry this April.

Here are some suggestions—each title below received The Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry awarded by Mercer University Press.

Going Farther into the Woods than the Woods Go
By: Seaborn Jones
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“The shadow of the sun crosses the desert.
The oasis is covered with land mines.
The mirages are on fire.
A veil of smoke covers the moon.”

 

The House Began to Pitch
By: Kelly Whiddon

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Swift Hour
By: Megan Sexton

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“Glory to the half rest, to the breath between
the third and fourth beats,
the dwindling arrow of the decrescendo,
to the sunrise over Malibu, and its sleeping starlets,
the empty horizon,
the city’s great thought still looming,
to parked cars, the cold engine seconds before ignition
dreaming of the road
unwound and endless,….”

 

The Color of All Things: 99 Love Poems
By: Philip Lee Williams

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Carnival Life
By: Lesley Dauer

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“A charlatan,
her confidence
man – they run
the games
of chance.
She gaffs;
he scams.
They delude,
bamboozle,
make each
other dupes.
Humbug!
This is subterfuge,
their tortured
ballyhoo…”

 

P.S. check out the other amazing poetry in stock MUP Poetry

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Announcement of Winners — 2015 Mercer University Press Book Awards

Mercer University Press is pleased to announce with a resounding round of applause the winners of the 26th Annual Mercer University Press Book Awards. Each 2015 winner receives a $500 advance and book contract for publication during the Spring/Summer 2017 season.

Ashley Mace Havird was named winner of The Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction for her manuscript entitled Lightningstruck.

 
Past recipients of this award include: Mary Anna Bryan, Marly Youmans, Raymond L. Atkins, Stephen Roth, and Dale Cramer.

 
The judge’s comments—“Lightningstruck is a compelling, wonderfully textured (rich sense of place and people) story of eleven-year-old Etta’s twelfth year in rural South Carolina.”

 
Katy Giebenhain was named winner of The Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry for her collection of poems entitled The Patron Saint of T1D.

 
Past recipients of this award include: Lesley Dauer, Seaborn Jones, Kelly Whiddon, Megan Sexton, and Philip Lee Williams.

 
The judge’s comments—”Really fantastic poems, start to finish. Spectacular images, accessible but complex and well-organized—beautiful through and through.”

 
Christopher Martin was named winner of The Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction for his collection of essays entitled This Gladdening Light: Reflections on Fatherhood and Faith.

 
Past recipients of this award include: William E. Merritt, Kathy A. Bradley and Joseph Bathanti.

 
The judge’s comments—”Martin writes honestly with sincere insight that is both confessional and inspiring. His insight into the ‘ordinary’ events of life will resonate with any reader.”

 

The Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction is given to the best manuscript that speaks to the human condition in a Southern context. This category includes both novels and short stories.

 
The Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry is given to the best manuscript that exemplifies the poetic language and vision of the author.

 
The Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction is given to the best manuscript that speaks to the human condition in a Southern context. This category includes memoir, natural history, essays, and other genres of nonfiction.

 
Mercer University Press, established in 1979, has published more than 1400 books in the genres of Southern Studies, History, Civil War History, African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Biography & Memoir, Fiction, Poetry, Religion, Biblical Studies, and Philosophy. Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, Mercer University Press focuses on topics related to the culture of the South. The reputation of the Press significantly enhances the academic environment of Mercer University and carries the name of Mercer and Macon, Georgia throughout the world.

Announcement of Winners — 2014 Mercer University Press Book Awards

Mercer University Press is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Annual Book Awards. Each 2014 award comes with a $500 advance and a book contract for publication in Spring 2016.

Mary Anna Bryan has been awarded the 2014 Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction for her submission entitled Cardinal Hill.

Past recipients of this award include Marly Youmans, Raymond L. AtkinsStephen Roth, and Dale Cramer.

Judge’s comment: “The writer of this novel displays a talent for description, dialogue, and interesting plot twists. Margaret [the main character] is no saint, but her stubborn determination to uncover the truth of her family history turns Cardinal Hill into an interesting detective story. Margaret is smart and imaginative, with a wry sense of humor that holds our interest. Cardinal Hill is a novel that speaks authentically to a specific time and place in the South.”

Lesley Dauer has been awarded the 2014 Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry for her submission entitled Carnival Life.

Past recipients of this award include Seaborn Jones, Kelly Whiddon, Megan Sexton, and Philip Lee Williams.

Judge’s comment: This is a beautifully written collection of poems.”

William E. Merritt has been awarded the 2014 Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction for his submission entitled Crackers: A Memoir.

Past recipients of this award include Kathy A. Bradley and Joseph Bathanti.

 Judge’s comment: “One of the elements that strikes me as being quintessentially Southern is the author’s ability to describe the most poignant, even heartbreaking, moments with wry humor, that singular trait that has enabled the South and Southerners to endure.”

 The Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction is given to the best manuscript that speaks to the human condition in a Southern context. This category includes both novels and short stories.

The Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry is given to the best manuscript that exemplifies the poetic language and vision of the author.

The Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction is given to the best manuscript that speaks to the human condition in a Southern context. This category includes memoir, natural history, essays, and other genres of nonfiction.

Mercer University Press, established in 1979, has published more than 1400 books in the genres of Southern Studies, History, Civil War History, African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Biography & Memoir, Fiction, Poetry, Religion, Biblical Studies, and Philosophy. Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, Mercer University Press focuses on topics related to the culture of the South. The reputation of the Press significantly enhances the academic environment of Mercer University and carries the name of Mercer and Macon, Georgia throughout the world.

Karen Spears Zacharias wins the Weatherford Award for her debut novel Mother of Rain

Mother.of.Rain.300   Karen Spears Zacharias was presented the Weatherford Award for Fiction for her debut novel, Mother of Rain on Friday evening, March 28, 2014, at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

Jason Howard, editor of the literary journal Appalachian Heritage conferred the award to Zacharias and read the following comment from the judges regarding her work:

 Mother of Rain is a gem, with beautifully drawn Appalachian characters, a strong sense of time and place, and a deeply important and universal theme: the interconnection of our actions and guilt (the patchwork quilt image). Like Blake, Zacharias deals with the complexity of the “fearful symmetry,” adding a profundity to her tale that gives it a superb richness.”

Past recipients of this award include Barbara Kingsolver, Lee Smith, Amy Greene, Charles Frazier, Ron Rash, and Homer Hickam, Jr.

“I am so very grateful to win this award from the Appalachian Studies Center,” said Zacharias. “The Weatherford Award is a lovely tribute to the place and the people and the language that has shaped me as a writer and as a thinker.”

Joseph Bathanti to Read at Central Piedmont Community College

Joseph Bathanti Reading/Discussion & Signing
Tuesday, April 8th at 7 p.m.
Tate Center, Central Piedmont Community College
If you are in the Charlotte, NC area, please plan to attend, and congratulate Joseph.
Joseph Bathanti will be this year’s recipient of the Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts.
http://sensoria.cpcc.edu/event/291/

 

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Book Award celebrates Ferrol Sams for a Lifetime of Achievement

Georgia Writers Association

48th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Banquet and Ceremony


Winners and Finalists Announced Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the KSU Center
Book Award celebrates Ferrol Sams at the 48th Georgia Author of the Year for a Lifetime of Achievement

Kennesaw, Georgia. May 8, 2012

Ferrol Sams will be honored at the 48th Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) on June 16, 2012 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The book award celebrates 105 nominated authors. The top author in each category will be named at the ceremony.

The Georgia Writer’s Association (GWA) will present the 48thAnnual Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) on June 16th, 2012 at a banquet and awards ceremony to honor Georgia-resident authors who were published in 2011. The Georgia Author of the Year Book Awards recognizes Georgia’s outstanding writers and celebrates the state’s rich literary heritage. The GAYA has the distinction of being the oldest literary award in the Southeastern United States. Over one hundred authors were nominated this year in twelve categories  of the book awards including 6 fiction categories:children’s books, young adult, fiction, first novel, short stories, and poetry and 6 non-fiction categories: biography, essay, history, inspirational, memoir and specialty. The competition is not limited to only mainstream published works. Eligible books can also be independently published or self-published.The list of the nominated books, which exceeded the previous year’s nominations by over 20 books, is available at www.authoroftheyear.org.

A book award winner will be announced for each category and some categories will have a runner-up book award or finalist. Along with announcing the GAYA winners, the Georgia Writers Association will also present the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to Georgia author Ferrol Sams.

Ferrol Sams, who sees himself primarily as a “country doctor,” was recognized in 2001 for fifty years of service to the people of Fayette County. In addition to being a doctor, he served in the USA Army Medical Corp between 1943-1947, and taught Creative Writing at Emory University. He and his wife, also a doctor, settled in Fayetteville to open a private practice together in 1951. They have 4 children together. Two of the Sams’ children have followed in their parents footsteps and are also doctors working at their family owned practice. Dr. Sams retired from his medical practice in 2006.

Ferrol Sams has published 8 books: 3 novels chronicling the life of Porter Osborne, a multi-generational novel, 2 short story anthologies and 2 non-fiction books. Amazon has a long list of books by Ferrol Sams. The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame honored Ferrol Sams in 2007 by inducting him into their membership. His first novel,  Run with the Horsemen became a fan favorite. Two stories from The Widow’s Mite and Other Stories, his first short story anthology, were adapted as one-act plays in 1993 at the A.R.T. Station Theater in Stone Mountain. His third Porter Osborne novel, When All the World Was Young, won the Townsend Prize for Fiction in 1991 and was performed by the American Public Radio’s Radio Reader in 1992. The A.R.T. Station dramatized one of the short stories from Epiphany for the 1996 Olympics Arts Festival. Dr.Sams’ work has been the subject of two community reading programs. In 2006, Run with the Horsemen was the inaugural text in Atlanta’s One Book, One Community program. In 2007, Down Town was selected by the Gwinnett County Public Library for their Gwinnett Reads program. The Christmas Gift is still a seasonal favorite among Ferrol’s fans.

The Emcees for the awards ceremony will be former GWA director Dr. Ralph Wilson and former GWA board member Jenny Sadre-Orafai. Dr. Wilson wrote A Black Bridge, a book of poetry, for which he won the GAYA in the 2002 Poetry Category. Jenny Sadre-Orafai wrote the chapbook Weeds Over Flowers and is the Senior Poetry Editor at JMWW.

The Georgia Writer’s Association and Kennesaw State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences sponsor the banquet and awards ceremony. Please join us on June 16th for an evening dedicated to celebrating Georgia’s rich literary heritage.Tickets are required to attend the banquet at 6 pm and can be obtained at www.georgiawriters.org or www.authoroftheyear.org. Order banquet tickets online.

Publishers, agents, editors and booksellers are encouraged to sponsor tables at the event to assist the Georgia Writer’s Association in furthering its goals and allow all of the nominees to attend.The awards ceremony following the banquet is free and open to the public at 7pm.

For more information about this book awards event, The Georgia Author of the Year, contact Georgia Writers Association administrator,  Lisa M. Russell.

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ADDYs Awarded to Mercer University Press Books

At their annual event last night celebrating advertising professionals in the middle Georgia area, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Central Georgia presented ADDY Awards@ to two books published by Mercer University Press and designed by the graphic design firm Burt & Burt.

The Throne of Psyche: Poems by Marly Youmans was awarded a GOLD ADDY® for Book Cover Design in recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and was judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition.  Mary–Frances Burt commented that “it is an honor to work for Mercer University Press and author Marly Youmans!”

The Divine Comics: A Vaudeville Show in Three Acts by Philip Lee Williams also received a GOLD ADDY@ for Illustration.  In addition, the book won a Judge’s Choice ADDY.

The ADDY® Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 50,000 entries every year in local ADDY® competitions. The mission of the ADDY®  competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising.

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Central Georgia is a nonprofit trade association serving the Middle Georgia advertising and communications industry with members from Macon, Warner Robins and the surrounding area. AAF Central Georgia  is a member of The American Advertising Federation.

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