The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama solicits nominations for the 2018 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. This award is made annually to a living, outstanding literary scholar who is from Alabama or has worked primarily in Alabama or has focused mainly on Alabama writers.
As originally conceived, the award “recognizes and rewards Alabamians who have distinguished themselves as men or women of letters, specifically in scholarly reflection and writing on literary topics.” It also demonstrates “the respect of the scholar’s peers in the academic community and signals to the citizenry at large the lasting importance of the pursuit of knowledge and the contribution of literature to the culture.” The award includes a $5,000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze of the clock tower on the old Monroe County Courthouse.
Jefferson State Community College (Shelby-Hoover Campus) will be hosting Pioneer Con on October 17, 2018 from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. This event combines elements of comic-con and an academic conference and is free is to attend; community members are encouraged to visit as well. There will be panels run by faculty and students as well as guest speakers, including Phoebe North, author of Starglass and Starbreak. Participants can compete in Dungeons and Dragons mini-campaigns and take pictures at a Game of Thrones themed photo booth. More information regarding a call for presentations and the conference program are coming soon!
Dr. Harry Moore, professor emeritus of English at Calhoun Community College and friend of ACETA, recently published his collection of poems, Bearing the Farm Away. Dr. Moore describes the collection as “forty-three poems probing, in various ways, growing up on a rented farm in southern Tallapoosa County after World War II.”
The collection contains seventeen of his poems appearing in chapbooks along with twenty-six new poems. ACETA members may remember Dr. Moore sharing some of his work with us at the 2014 ACETA Conference at Gadsden State Community. Bearing the Farm Away was published by Kelsay Books in April.
Bearing the Farm Away at Amazon.com
Please join us on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Monroeville Community House to honor three Alabamians who have distinguished themselves in Alabama arts and letters.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, recipient of the 2018 Harper Lee Award
Michelle Richmond, recipient of the 2018 Truman Capote Award
Dr. David Cowart, recipient of the 2018 Eugene Current-Garcia Award
The gala dinner ticket can be purchased as a stand-alone event, as well as with the conference package. Tables of 8 are offered at a discounted rate. Please contact Coastal Alabama Community College for details about conference or gala tickets (251) 575-8207.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
Monroe County Museum – Monroeville Community House
- 10:00 am – Wayne Flynt
Dr. David Gowart
Dr. David Cowart, the Louis Fry Scudder Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, has been named the 2018 Current Eugene Garcia Award winner for Distinction in Literary Scholarship by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama. The award was presented at the 2018 Conference for the Sympathetic Imagination, co-sponsored by Troy University and ACETA this past February,
Born, raised, and educated in Alabama, Dr. Cowart is the author of eight books and more than a hundred articles that have been recognized around the globe for their contribution to the study of literature. According to Stephen Burns of the University of Glasgow, “Across the world, audiences look to Cowart’s scholarship for a reliable guide to what is significant about recent literary productions.” Considered one of the most distinguished scholars on contemporary fiction, he is known particularly for his work on Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, and he has been called the “greatest living specialist in American fiction.”
Please find below the schedule for this year’s conference at Troy University. This conference is going to be exciting, and we hope you’ll join us!
2018 ACETA Schedule (subject to change)
Location: Troy University, Troy, Alabama
Date: Friday & Saturday, February 23 – 24, 2018
Friday, February 23
1:30 – 2:45 pm
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