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One of AWC's innovative experiments involves opening up membership to nonprofits, publishers, book stores, community groups, and various associations through our Organization Membership. What does this mean? How will this expand and enlarge the benefits to Alabama literary community?
  • Connect writers to bookstores or libraries seeking readings and events
  • Publicize events at organizations and bookstores
  • Offer new platforms for collaboration
  • Provide a ready-made pool of reviewing talent for publishers or authors with recent books
  • Publicize news books by Alabama publishers
Honestly, when I start thinking about all the potential untapped synergies here, I get a little dizzy. For example, I currently have three new books by Alabama authors that could use a review and some publicity. If you'd like to review one of these books, please contact me and I will mail it along. Then you can read, review, and email the final product to me and it will go up on our website (see this lovely review by Charlotte Pence for example). Helping one another is often a means of building stronger ties to local writers and lending a hand in the creation of literary community. I encourage you to reach out. 

In the meantime, please keep sending your wonderful publications, writings, inspirations, and current activities to me at rainscented@gmail.com. Be sure to send any links to recent journal publications, especially those online publications that we can all enjoy for free. And thank you so much for making Alabama a more writerly place.

Best wishes,
Alina Stefanescu, Newsletter Editor, Publicity Chair, and General Web Jockey

P.S. Next month's email will be full of goodies so please email me and send them along. The more links and images you send, the easier it is for me to devote time to other members and make sure the newsletter catches a little bit of everyone.
A few neat things that happened recently
 
  1. Foster Dickson is serving on the Board of the Fitzgerald Museum and encouraging young persons to enter their annual literary contest. Teachers, tell your students. Parents, tell your children.
  2. Lana K. Austin shared her thoughts and the title poem from her first collection, Blood Harmony, on the AWC blog. 
  3. T.K. Thorne's new novel, House of Rose, is available for pre-order.
  4. Ashley M. Jones was featured on NPR's "Code Switch" in a conversation about Birmingham. Catch it for free online.
  5. Clarence Bonner's experience as a volunteer firefighter in a small rural Alabama town led him to write and share a poem, "Shielded." We are grateful for his service as AWC Historian.
  6. Kwoya Fagin Maples' book release event for MEND will take place on Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Please come and show her your support for this incredible first collection!
  7. Nancy Owen Wilson's memoir, Searching for Nannie B:  Connecting Three Generations of Southern Womencontinues to generate interest among southern writers and local historians
We're currently assembling an online Bookshelf page featuring book publications by AWC authors so please email a link to your book to rainscented@gmail.com. Don't forget to check our web calendar for other events near you. And email to let us know if there is something to add. We can't share cool things if we don't know about them.
 

 
"If nothing else, I’d like my poems to encourage readers to give themselves a break, a moment to smile into a soft breeze and watch the leaves lift instead of frantically chasing what we call the American Dream which feels more and more like a mandate. Living on the Coosa taught me the value of relaxing and watching the egrets finding their roosts in the branches. My loyalty to that place runs deep, deep enough that I’ve been accused of having a trailer park chip on my shoulder. I have no intention of knocking it off. "
- Tina Mozelle Braziel an interview on her prize-winning poetry collection, Known By Salt
New Member of the Month: Ron Yates

Ron Yates has been learning to write for most of his life. He whipped out good essays in high school, but his adolescent energies were mainly devoted to tinkering with old cars, drag racing, drinking beer, and barely staying out of trouble. Although encouraged by his English teacher to pursue higher education, Yates, after graduating in lackluster fashion, spent time languishing in factory jobs. An aching back and a caring girlfriend prompted him to explore other options. His enduring love of reading and nascent knack for writing guided him to a degree in English and a career teaching high school. Years later he earned an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. His fiction collection, Make It Right: A Novella and Eight Stories, is forthcoming in early 2019 from Ardent Writer Press; his novel, Ben Stempton’s Boy, will be published later that year by Unsolicited Press. Yates, who lives near Mt. Cheaha on the shore of beautiful Lake Wedowee, has published stories in a variety of journals including Hemingway Shorts, KYSO Flash, Still: the Journal, The Oddville Press, and Prime Number Magazine. 

Ron is currently trying to schedule readings and local events in Alabama for his forthcoming fiction collection and novel. Connect with Ron on Facebook or visit his website

 
The ASPS Fall Is This Weekend and You Still Have Time to Register


$35      member registration with catered lunch

$45     non-member registration with catered lunch

$25      member registration without catered lunch (bringing your own lunch)

Members and non-members can register for the conference online at the ASPS website. ASPS contest winners and poetry book of the year will be announced. 

Friday night events are free and open to the public. Attendees can bring friends and family to all non-workshop events. For additional information, email the ASPS President at rainscented@gmail.com.

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