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46th Georgia Author of the Year Awards

Almost 200 people attended the 46th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards ceremony held at Kennesaw State University Center on Saturday night, June 19, 2010. Steve Goss, the host of Morning Edition for Public Broadcasting (WABE 90.1 in Atlanta), was the host of this year’s ceremony.

Awards in a variety of categories honoring Georgia authors were announced and presented at the annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards. The winners included a 12-year old from Alpharetta, Georgia.

Lifetime Achievement Award

A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Robert W. Hill, Professor Emeritus of Kennesaw State University’s English Department, which he chaired from 1985 to 1996. Professor Hill has published numerous reviews and articles (Hopkins Quarterly, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Southern Quarterly, South Atlantic Review), and his poems have appeared in such journals as Arlington Quarterly, Ascent, Cold Mountain Review, Minnesota Review, Poem, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Southern Review, Red Clay Reader, and 32 Poems]. He is editor and occasional publisher ofBilly Goat], a series whose chapbooks include his own Human Factors and Other Poems, Amy G. Whitney’s Natural Deceptions, and Don Russ’s Adam’s Nap].

Award Winners:

James L. Hunt, Creative nonfiction—Biography, Relationship Banker: Eugene W. Stetson, Wall Street, and American Business 1916-1959. Dr. James L. Hunt is Associate Professor of Law at Mercer University, where he has held a joint appointment in the Stetson School of Business and Eco nomics and the Walter F. George School of Law since 1998.

Anita Renfroe, Creative nonfiction—Essay, “Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormona Apocalypse.”<.cite> Anita Renfroe’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Women’s Day and The Washington Post.

Philip Lee Williams, Fiction, The Campfire Boys. Philip Lee Williams is the author of thirteen books and a chapbook. He is an assistant dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia and lives with his family in nearby Oconee County.

Amanda C. Gable, First Novel, The Confederate General Rides North. Amanda C. Gable’s short stories have appeared in The North American Review, The Crescent Review, Kalliope, Sinister Wisdom, and Other Voices.

Polly Cooper and Ellen Taber, co-authors, Creative nonfiction—History, Tybee Days: 100 Years on Georgia’s Playground Island. Polly Cooper began writing at 16 when she and her best friend Laura penned a social column for the Savannah Morning News, entitled “A View Askew.” Ellen Taber is an Assistant Professor of English at Kennesaw State University; she has been writing since she was 12 when she began reporting on 4H meetings for her local newspaper.

Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Creative nonfiction—Inspirational, The Cloud of Unknowing with the Book of Privy. Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher is Professor of English and Scholar-in-Residence at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. Dr. Butcher serves as a commentator for National Public Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Winton Porter, Creative nonfiction—Memoir, Just Passin’ Thru. Winton Porter worked for twenty years managing stores for Recreational Equipment Inc (REI) in Chicago, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. He now owns the most renowned stores on the Appalachian Trail, Mountain Crossings.

V. S. Chin, Children’s Mid-Reader, Dragon Girl: An Interactive, Fork-of-Life Adventure V.S. Chin is a native Atlantan. The idea for an interactive novel came to her unexpectedly while watching a news story about videogame violence and the negative impact of such games on children.

Nicole Izmaylov, Children’s Picture Book, Ronnie and BB. Nicole Izmaylov is a Georgia Reflections Contest Award Winner. She attends seventh grade at Webb Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Gregory Fraser, Poetry, Answering the Ruins. Gregory Fraser is the author of two poetry collections: Strange Pietà and Answering the Ruins. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Arts Council, Fraser serves as associate professor of English and creative writing at the University of West Georgia.

David B. Dusenbery, Creative nonfiction—Specialty Book, Living at Microscale: The Unexpected Physics of Being Small. David B. Dusenbery is Professor of Biology, Emeritus at Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from The University of Chicago. His previous books include Sensory Ecology: How Organisms Acquire and Respond to Information and Life at Small Scale: The Behavior of Microbes.

Jennifer Jabaley, Young Adult, Lipstick Anthology. Jennifer Jabaley began writing in 2006 and tries to manage optometry, writing and motherhood. She lives in Blue Ridge, GA.

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