Pioneer Con slated for October

2018 Save the Date Pioneer Con Jefferson State (1)

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!

New poetry collection from Calhoun CC professor

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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.

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2018 Alabama Writers Symposium honors three writers April 19–20

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.



Monroe County Museum – Monroeville Community House

  • 10:00 am – Wayne Flynt
    Mockingbird Songs

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Dr. David Cowart recognized for distinction in literary scholarship

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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.”

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Schedule for the 2018 ACETA Conference

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!

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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
Registration (Hawkins Hall Lobby)
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Literary Arts Fellowships applications now open

The Alabama State Council on the Arts is taking applications for their Literary Arts Fellowships. The application deadline is March 1. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues!

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The Alabama State Council on the Arts makes cash awards to individual writers in the literary arts based on merit of work, career achievement, career potential and service to the state.  Continue reading

ACETA Conference 2018 Registration Form now available


The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama invites you to the Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy co-sponsored by ACETA and Troy University. This will be ACETA’s 70th Annual Conference and will be held February 23-24 at Troy University in Troy.

The attached conference registration form includes registration and meal costs. Please send in your registration form and payment no later than February 20th. If you wish to preregister and pay at the conference, you may do so by simply emailing your registration form. Right now we can accept only cash or check as payment.

If you will be staying in Troy, our hosts recommend either the Hampton Inn (334-807-5900) or the Courtyard by Marriott (334-566-0540). To receive a reduced rate, you will need to call to reserve your room and mention that you are attending a conference at and hosted by Troy University.  There is a softball tournament being held at Troy that weekend, so reservations will likely be at a premium.

We look forward to seeing you in Troy!

Download the ACETA 2018 Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination Registration Form (PDF)

Deadline for registration by mail is February 16, 2018.

UPDATE: Essay competitions now open!

This past November, ACETA announced the competition for the 2018 William J. Calvert Award for an outstanding scholarly or theoretical essay and for the 2018 James Woodall Award for an outstanding pedagogical essay. 

We are excited to let you know that the competition is now open for college English teachers and graduate students. For undergraduates, competition for the Mary Evelyn McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award is also open.

Winners of these awards will receive $150 each and will be asked to read condensed versions of their essays at the 2018 ACETA conference February 23–24 at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

Please see the attachments for more detailed information on entering the Calvert, Woodall, or McMillan competition. Entries should be submitted, preferably by e-mail, to to Anissa Graham at The due date for submissions has been extended to Monday, January 15, 2018.

Calvert and Woodall Awards: Call for papers

McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award: Call for Entries