Wednesday, December 7, 2011

QEP 2011, Highlights

The 2011 conferences for the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) proved very successful, featuring much excellent work by Piedmont students. View the following film to see highlights:

Each year, the conference gains momentum. The 2011 PC-Athens program, for example, featured both a Keynote speaker from Morgan and Stanley and two New Media presentations. Click on the video below to watch "Discovering Difference: Research as a Means to Break through Stereotypes" for ENGL1102, Prof. John Staples.

Many Piedmont students and faculty seized the opportunity to collaborate and share as part of our community. With this year as a precedent, 2012 promises great things!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Independent Bookstore Neighbor to PC-Athens

Life @ PC-Athens just got even better! Avid Books has opened one block down from campus, in the beautiful historic building @ 493 Prince, Ave.

Stroll down to browse the books, grab a coffee, or hear one of the many fine readings offered as part of the Avid Poetry Series!

The next reading is Dec. 1 @ 7 p.m., featuring poets Bruce Covey and Gina Myers.

BRUCE COVEY: Poet and editor Bruce Covey is the author of several collections of poetry, including Glass Is Really a Liquid (2010).

GINA MYERS: Myers is the author of A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009) and several chapbooks, including False Spring (forthcoming from Spooky Girlfriend Press).

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Writer's talk and book-signing, PC-Demorest

Cameron McWhirter of Decatur, whose new book Red Summer describes the life of black Americans after World War I, will speak at Piedmont College Thursday, Nov. 17.

The talk, followed by a book-signing session, is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the screening room of the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications at the campus in Demorest.

Red Summer is a historical narrative that describes the life of black Americans after 1918, a period marked by waves of anti-black riots and lynchings.

McWhirter is currently a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and has worked for several other news organizations including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Detroit News. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history, summa cum laude, from Hamilton College. He was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for research in Eritrea and the Sudan and a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where he created Red Summer.

Visit for more information about McWhirter and Red Summer.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Poetry readings, Athens

Wednesday, November 02 (07:00 PM)

Novelist and poet Kirsten Kaschock will read from her newly released novel Sleight (Coffee House Press) at 7PM, November 2nd @ AVID BOOKSHOP (Beside PC-Athens, 493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601)

Kirsten Kaschock has earned degrees from Yale University, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and the University of Georgia. The author of two collections of poetry, Unfathoms and A Beautiful Name for a Girl, she resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is currently a doctoral fellow in dance at Temple University.

Jenn Blair will open for Kaschock. Jenn Blair's Six Directions (Anaphora Press) follows a group of American and English visitors to Israel. Last year her novel The True and Full Account of Charlotte Monroe was a finalist for the Doris Bakwin Prize (Carolina Wren Press). She has published in Copper Nickel, New South, Southloop Review, Cold Mountain Review, Montreal Review, and Tulane Review among others. She is from Yakima, WA.

Friday, November 04 (07:30 PM)

Renowned Beat-era feminist poet & performance artist Anne Waldman will read at Athica in Athens, GA. She will read from works that are a result of collaborations with visual artists such as Red Grooms, Elizabeth Murray, Kiki Smith, Pat Steir & Richard Tuttle.

Celebrated GRANARY BOOKS produced editions with Carolee Schneeman, Susan Rothenberg & Donna Dennis.

Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (2004, 7 min.) and Screen Screen Text (8 min.) -- two short videos made in collaboration with spouse Ed Bowe -- will also be screened.

Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment is a stinging film on the U.S. imprisonment at Guantanamo Prison, with music by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Poetry reading, Athens

Poet Seaborn Jones will read this Saturday from his award-winning poetry and sign his books during a reception, with doors opening at 6:30pm ($10) at the Healing Arts Centre. All are welcome.

Seaborn Jones is the author of five books, including X-Ray Movies (MAS) which received the Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. He has been published in the New York Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, River Styx, Chattahoochee Review, and elsewhere.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

English Department Innovation

Drs. Stephen Whited and Joy Bracewell are using a cutting-edge gaming technique in their English classes. Check out this video to see what's new in interdisciplinary education!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Piedmont College is helping to sponsor the upcoming Georgia Literary Festival in Sautee Nacoochee October 15.

Click here for details!

The festival committee is looking for volunteers to work two hour shifts (or more) to help with parking and other things during festival.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email David Price at

Thursday, September 29, 2011

2011 Coffee House Open Mic

Thursday, September 22nd, PC-Athens hosted the second annual Coffee House Open Mic, featuring artists and writers associated with Piedmont College. Close to fifty people were in attendance, and the night was a big success! Watch the film for highlights:

Friday, September 16, 2011

Call for readers

Calling all Piedmont writers!

WHO: Writers affiliated with Piedmont College
WHAT: Open mic
WHEN: 4-6 pm, Thursday, Sept. 22nd
WHERE: Student Center, PC-Athens
WHY: To get the news that stays news

Come share your work!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Poetry and fiction reading in Athens

This Wednesday, September 14th, the University of Georgia graduate program in creative writing will host the VOX series. Authors Erica Meitner and Matthew Henriksen will read from their works at 7:30 p.m. upstairs at The Globe, 199 North Lumpkin Street in downtown Athens.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Emory's Reading Series

Friends of creative writing, mark your calendars! Emory has posted the schedule for its 2011-2012 reading series. This fall, a short drive gives us access to award-winning writers like fiction writer RICHARD BAUSCH, fiction writer and poet NATASHA TRETHEWEY.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Decatur Book Festival 2011

The largest independent book festival in the country is happening again only an hour from Demorest! The Decatur Book Festival will take pace September 2-4 and will feature readings by writers like Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Washington Post reporter David Finkel, New York Times Best Seller Patty Callahan Henry, and National Poetry Series winner Patricia Smith. Events include author readings, a day of activities for elementary-aged children, and writing workshops. For full details, visit the festival's website: Decatur Book Festival 2011.

Monday, August 22, 2011

NANO Prize accepting submissions for flash prose

The 3rd annual NANO Prize is accepting submissions until August 31st! The NANO Prize awards $500 to a work of flash fiction, micro essay, or prose of 300 words or fewer. A $15 entrance fee rewards you with a chance at the prize and a one year subscription to NANO Fiction. Winners will be announced in October.

For full details, visit NANO Fiction.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Athens GA reading

Presented by the UGA Creative Writing Program, featuring the works of new students including Bradley Bazzle, Elizabeth Cunningham, Johnny Damm, Will Dunlap, Lindsey Harding, and Matthew Nye.

SHOWTIMES: 7:30p - MON 8/22


Thursday, August 11, 2011

These Books Are Made for Reading

Mark your calendar! The 13th Georgia Literary Festival will be held in Sautee-Nacoochee, GA--just 20 miles from Demorest.

This year's events are still being finalized. Last year, twenty-five authors from all over Georgia gave readings of their works, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, bestselling author Ferrol Sams, Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms, and award-winning writers like Tina Ansa, Philip Lee Williams, Damon Lee Fowler, Pamela Bauer Mueller, and many more.

According to the Georgia Center for the Book, "this will be the first time the festival, a “moveable feast” that is held in a different city each year and which celebrates writers in those areas of Georgia, has moved to the northeastern corner of the state."

Come out and represent!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Winner of the Butterfly Effect Challenge

"Part of the Demorest Butterfly Effect Celebration was a Creativity Challenge for Piedmont students...Eight students entered poems, short stories, songs, and artwork exemplifying the butterfly effect. While all of the entries showed great insight, one stood out among the rest. Congratulations to Sonya Leckman for her poem titled Butterfly!" -- From Piedmont's QEP (Quality Enhancement Program, a 5-year program focused specifically on inspiring critical thinking and student learning)

By: Sonya Leckman

Butterfly, Butterfly;
How sweetly you flap your wings
Do you know about the hurricane down south?
You flew that way the other day.
And now a baby cries as the wind stings his eyes.

Butterfly, Butterfly;
Where do you wander as day breaks?
Do you see that other butterfly
Cursed to crawl upon the ground
Because someone opened his cocoon
Before his wings were properly formed?

Butterfly, Butterfly;
Why don’t you warn them?
Those people who rush
Past the perfect moment
And find themselves headfirst in the future,
Much to their surprise.

Butterfly, Butterfly;
What blessing will you bring us?
An early spring, a happy Christmas?
I think I’ll help you
To spread joy around the world.
Each smile I share reaches out
To another soul that delights.

Butterfly, Butterfly;
Which way do you fly?
To greet the animals napping in the sun.
Goodbye sweet butterfly.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Pegasus, the literary journal at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, invites submissions of poetry, short fiction (flash fiction welcome), creative nonfiction, artwork and photography for the upcoming spring 2011 issue. The submission deadline is January 31, 2011.

Pegasus is an award-winning regional journal, focused only on Georgia writers who are of high school age or who are currently enrolled as undergraduates in Georgia colleges and universities. All other writers should query the editor, Jeff Newberry (replace (at) with @), before sending any submissions. Past issues have included invited features by Mark Leidner, Janisee Ray, Patrick Phillips, Amy Blackmarr, and Janice Daugharty.

Pegasus accepts electronic submissions only. Please see for full submission guidelines. Submissions not following stated guidelines will be ignored.