UGA’s Lillian Smith Book Awards Recognize Writings on Reparations, Voter Suppression

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 05/06/2021

Books that explore how historic government policies on voting rights and reparations have marginalized Black communities are the 2021 recipients of the Lillian Smith Book Awards, administered by the University of Georgia Libraries to honor books dedicated to social justice issues.

Poets, Playwright, Politician Named to Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Submitted by Camie on Wed, 03/31/2021

Four writers whose words have inspired people around the world will be celebrated as the newest members of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame this fall.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, playwright and performance artist Pearl Cleage, and National Book Award Bronze Medal recipient Clarence Major have earned the 2021 distinction, administered by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia to honor the state’s literary legacy.

In addition, the November ceremony will include a special posthumous recognition in honor of the late civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who was elected into the hall in 2019 for various works, including his speeches, his autobiography, and his trilogy of graphic novels.

His memoir “Run: Book One” — a sequel to the best-selling “March” trilogy — will be published Aug. 3. Lewis completed the story before his death last July at 80.

The Georgia Review to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Submitted by Camie on Fri, 02/05/2021

The Georgia Review has been approved for a $ 10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support a special issue titled SoPoCo, for “Southern Post-Colonial,” celebrating the voices, history, and cultures of diasporic communities that have established themselves in the American Southeast since the late twentieth century. The Georgia Review’s project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from The Georgia Review,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “The Georgia Review is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.”

Pandora Yearbooks Documenting Pivotal Years in the University of Georgia’s History Now Available Freely Online

Submitted by Camie on Wed, 01/20/2021

The Pandora, the University of Georgia’s yearbook, has been published nearly every year since 1886, serving as a rich source of institutional and social history that has traced the growth and development of the country’s first state-chartered university. Through a partnership between the Hargrett Library, University Archives, and the Digital Library of Georgia, yearbooks that document campus life, students and faculty, clubs, and other events from 1965 to 1974 have been digitized, allowing free online access to Pandoras that document the years following desegregation and the first social movements for black students, women’s liberation, gay liberation, and campus free speech as they manifested themselves on the UGA campus. These editions are now available at https://dlg.usg.edu/collection/dlg_pandora.

Winter 2020 Issue of The Georgia Review Now Available

Submitted by Camie on Tue, 12/08/2020

The latest issue of The Georgia Review, Winter 2020, is now available for purchase, with new work from Terrance Hayes, Arthur Sze, Jenny Boully, Samuel R. Delany, Maud Casey, and many other compelling voices.

The issue features the 2020 winner of the Review’s Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, selected by judge Ilya Kaminsky, as well as three finalists. It also showcases a selection of translated poems by Taiwanese author Sun Tzu-ping, and a long poem by the late Molly Brodak, annotated by her widower, Blake Butler. Moreover, there is an art portfolio of UGA Alumna Meghann Riepenhoff’s modern cyanotypes of the natural world, which includes an interview with the artist by Georgia Review editor Douglas Carlson.

See full table of contents at thegeorgiareview.com.

Georgia Historical Society Bestows Honor on Donald S. Summerlin of UGA for Best Article in the Georgia Historical Quarterly

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 11/19/2020

The Georgia Historical Society has announced that Mr. Donald S. Summerlin, the Digital Projects Librarian and Archivist at the Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia Libraries, has been named the recipient of the 2020 John C. Inscoe Award for his article, “‘We Represented the Best of Georgia in Chicago’: The Georgia Loyalist Delegate Challenge at the 1968 Democratic Convention.”

“We are pleased to recognize Donald Summerlin as the recipient of this year’s Inscoe Award for the best article in the Georgia Historical Quarterly for the year 2019,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “His meticulous research sheds light on the controversial 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and Georgia’s role in it, during one of the most turbulent years in American history.”