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There is so much to celebrate and admire from Alabama writers this holiday season. From the commissioning of Jennifer Horne, our new poet laureate, to new books and readings all over the state. 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

Correction: In the October newsletter, I mentioned Mary S. Palmer had received a grant from Faulker State University. Actually, Mary S. Palmer received a grant from Faulker University, a Church of Christ school, to write New Literary Journey: Tourism Writing, currently being considered by UA Press. We wish Mary the best of luck in her publication endeavors with this new project!

The incredible female voices collected in Belles Lettres 2 have been traveling across the state for readings and signings this month.

AWC Board Member Ashley M. Jones shares her insights on writing and teaching poetry, as well as living in Magic City.  

Ramey Channell talks about witches and early darkness on Coffee Chat.

Joe Taylor's novel-in-verse, Pineapple, makes it rowdy and exciting debut.

Poet Jessica Temple joins the board of Alabama State Poetry Society as Secretary.

Writer and journalist Karim Shamsi-Basha joins the AWC Board.

Check our web calendar for events near you. 
Winners of 2017 Robinson Jeffers Poetry Prize
A big thank-you to Barry Marks for updating us on the festival this year. And a hearty congratulations to the following AWC members (and non-members) for their poetic success in the 2017 Robinson Jeffers Poetry Prize. 
1st Prize:
"Oh Yes We Dance" by Bill Drescher

1st Runner Up:
"On the Outskirts of Rome" by Chervis Isom

Runner Up:
"Coincidence" by Georgette Perry

Runner Up:
"paradise" by Lori Lasseter Hamilton
Commissioning of State Poet Laureate

On November 1, 2017, Governor Kay Ivey commissioned new Alabama State Poet Laureate Jennifer Horne. We are thrilled to see her begin a new term with such energy and enthusiasm. The Tuscaloosa News carried a great front page article featuring the event. Learn more about past laureates, including Samuel Minturn Peck, Helen Blackshear, Andrew Blaze, Sue Brannon Walker, and help us celebrate this one!
Deadline for NOLA  Poetry Festival Event & Table Proposals

The NOLA is accepting event and table proposals for the 2018 festival until December 1, 2017. You can learn more about how to apply online.

Submissions are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis using the easy online Event Form or Table Proposal Form. The Small Press Fair is a great resource for indie publishers and authors.
Towards the end of this month, free submissions are opening at the following incredible publications:

Electric Literature + Longshot Island  + Bodega Magazine + Duende Literary Journal + CherryTree + Storychord + Newfound + Rivulet + Above Ground Press (poetry chapbooks) + Spork Press (poetry/fiction collections) + Long Day Press + 3 AM magazine + Bayou 
Reservoir Literary Journal is currently seeking a creative nonfiction editor. This is a great opportunity to broaden your reading and editing network. 

They are also currently open to submissions or fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Learn more by reading Sarah Brody's "A Different Kind of Normal" published in the most recent issue.

Poets & Writers magazine has an excellent free podcast on Soundcloud. Boil a cup of tea and listen when you have the chance. The last includes conversations with David Sedaris, Clint Smith, and Victoria Chang. 
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