Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fall 2013 Sandhills Writers Series

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Presentations by award-winning author A. Manette Ansay and poet William Garrett Wright will highlight the Georgia Regents University Fall 2013 Sandhills Writers Series on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Jaguar Student Activities Center’s Coffee House on the Summerville campus.

The series will begin at 1 p.m. with Ansay and Wright reading from their most recent works, followed by an informal colloquium, book-signing, and reception. All events are free and open to the public.

Ansay is the author of six novels, including “Blue Water,” “Good Things I Wish You,” “Vinegar Hill,” an Oprah Book Club selection; and “Midnight Champagne,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the story collection “Read This and Tell Me What It Says” and “Limbo,” a memoir. She is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the Nelson Algren Award, and two Great Lakes Book Awards.

Wright is the author of the poetry collections “Bledsoe,” “Night Field Anecdote,” and “Dark Orchard,” winner of the 2005 Breakthrough Poetry Prize. He is also Series Editor of “The Southern Poetry Anthology,” a multi-volume series focused on contemporary poetry in the American South.

“The Sandhills Writers Series is committed to bringing new and established authors to Georgia Regents University and the Augusta community,” said Tony Kellman, GRU Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Sandhills Writers Series. “The series aims to reinforce what is taught in our writing program and to provide local residents with the opportunity to hear and interact with regional, national and international authors of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.”

The series began in 2011 as a reconfiguration of the Sandhills Writers Conference that was founded in 1975 by the late Dr. Charles Willig. Kellman. The program has attracted main-stream American authors, such as the late Ray Bradbury, Edward Albee, Paule Marshall, Nancy Willard, Billy Collins, the late Doug Marlette and Rick Bragg, in addition to Hispanic, Romanian, African, Asian (notably Maxine Hong Kingston), Caribbean (notably Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott) and Native American writers.

For more information, call (706) 737-1500 or email akellman@gru.edu.

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