Three ASFA-CW students — Myra Grizzard, Egg McClure, and Kenzie Price — competed in the Region III Poetry Out Loud competition in Tuscaloosa today. In what Tuscaloosa County Arts Council Education Director Sharron Rudowski described as the strongest field of competitors ever to participate in the Region III competition, Egg and Myra advanced to the state competition to be held in Montgomery next February. Egg won first place in the anthology (recitation) category and third place in the original poetry category, while Myra was chosen as one of five competitors to advance in the original category. Congrats to all the competitors on representing their schools — and poetry — so admirably!
We’re always excited to share what we do and why we do it, so Open House is always a fun event for us. Here are a few links to check out if you’re interested in ASFA-CW:
- “How to Do What You Love” by Paul Graham
- The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson
Nuts + Bolts (Poetry + Fiction)
- Poetry 180 | Academy of American Poets | Poetry Foundation
- Jhumpa Lahiri: Interview | Short Story (“The Boundary” via The New Yorker)
Selected Resources for Young Writers
- New Pages Young Writers Guide
- YoungArts Foundation| Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- Summer Programs: Ada Long | Iowa | Sewanee | Kelly Writers House | Adroit…
It’s a rite of fall around here: seniors in Creative Writing, Dance, and Visual Arts collaborate to create multi-dimensional, interdisciplinary pieces that stretch their notions of the creative process. Thanks to these brave, creative people who pushed the envelope in some super-cool ways! We’re never more a “community of explorers” than we are during this project.
We’re pleased to welcome poet and performer Jahman Hill to ASFA-CW for a “mini-residency” in October. On Oct 14, he’ll perform his acclaimed one-man show, “Black Enough,” for our students in the ASFA Lecture Hall. Then on the two following Mondays (Oct 21 + Oct 28), he’ll conduct master classes for our students in writing poetry for performance. We can’t wait to see what the students create under the tutelage of an artist and educator as multi-talented as Jahman!
You’re invited to join us on September 22 at 2 p.m., as we gather at the DJD Theater in downtown Birmingham to recognize the Alabama Writers’ Forum‘s extraordinary contribution to the advancement of the literary arts in Alabama. 2019 Harper Lee Award winning author Daniel Wallace is our featured guest. Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite!