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There is so much to celebrate and admire in the Alabama literary community this year. Stay tuned for exciting emails about the first Magic City Poetry Festival as well as registration information for the Annual AWC Conference. In the meantime, please keep sending your wonderful publications, writings, inspirations, and current activities to me at And thank you so much for making Alabama a more writerly place.

Best wishes,
Alina Stefanescu, Newsletter Editor
Poet Ashley M. Jones is guest editing the poetry section of Southern Women's Review. The deadline for submissions is March 30. Poets can submit up to five unpublished pieces by email to  

Author Allen Gee will be reading in Birmingham on January 21st as part of the UAB Writer's Series. Free and open to the public. 

Check our web calendar for events near you. 
The Final Issue of Steel Toe Review

Edited by Birmingham native David Hornbuckle (whose novel, The Fireball Brothers, is slated for publication by Livingston Press in spring 2019), Steel Toe Review is a literary journal of contemporary arts and Southern literature. The current issue features writing by several AWC members. Unfortunately, it will be closing its doors this month.

We wish David and STR staff the best in their new ventures.
New Poetry Book from Irene Latham

Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship is available to order online. Educators and parents can make use of the free discussion guide.

How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don't know each other . . . and they're not sure they want to.

Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.
Local Historical Fiction by Faith Kaiser

Fans of local historical fiction will love Faith Kaiser's Secrets of the Devil Vine.

Raised in coastal Alabama, Faith returned and resettled in Alabama with her husband and eldest daughter. She has two grown daughters and a beloved grandson. Faith enjoys painting and pottery when she is not writing. You can find both hardcover and softcover (currently on sale for $10.95) online through publisher, Livingston Press. 
ASPS Winter Workshop: February 17, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The Alabama State Poetry Society's Winter Meeting will be held at the beautiful Story Tree Farm Retreats in Huntsville. Dr. Beth Gylys, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Georgia State University will be presenting a workshop on sestinas and villanelles. Dr. Gylys has published five collections of poetry, most recently Sky Blue Enough to Drink (Grayson Books, 2016), and has won the Quentin R. Howard Award, the Gerald Cable Book Award, and the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. Learn more online at Facebook.

$25 to attend with $10 lunch fee. Email to RSVP. Payment will be taken at the event, but please let us know if you plan to attend! Come ready to write. 
Ink in Thirds accepting free submissions

Editor Grace Black is currently seeking submissions to Ink In Thirds, a "magazine of poised prose, precarious poetry, and photography to pilot our own realms again."

In return for accepting free submissions of photography, prose and poetry, Ink In Thirds will be submitting nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and The Best Small Fictions.

Learn more about past contributors and take the time to submit your own pieces.  
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