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Published  June 20, 2012

In case you hadn’t heard, Natasha Trethewey is the next poet laureate, “the first Southerner to hold the post since Robert Penn Warren, the original laureate, and the first African-American since Rita Dove in 1993.” Trethewey attended The OA’s 2010 Southern Food Issue Dinner in Atlanta as a featured guest.

Mary Miller reads her story “Leak,” which originally appeared in OA Issue 59, for The Knox Writers’ House Project.

“Nice Work If You Can Get It,” Andrea Avery’s story from OA Issue 74 (The Education Issue) is quoted and discussed in this article on Mockingbird. Avery was awarded the Olin Chair for Outstanding Faculty in English in 2011 at the private school where she teaches in the piece. More of Avery’s writing on the subject of education can be found in a collection of essays titled Journeys in Learning Across Frontiers, which comes out this July.

Sam Stephenson, author of the cover story for the 2007 Music Issue on Thelonious Monk, spoke at the unveiling of a highway marker honoring Monk’s birthplace in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. 

Jason Ockert’s short-story collection Neighbors of Nothing, in which the story from OA Issue 53 “Jakob Loomis” appears, won the 2010 Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest and will be published in 2013. Another of Ockert’s stories has been nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award.

Frequent OA-contributor William Caverlee’s book Amid The Swirling Ghosts and Other Essays has been selected as the Ouachita Parish Public Library’s “River Read.”

Constance Adler’s latest book, My Bayou: New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover, was published in February 2012 by Michigan State University Press. One of the chapters from My Bayou, titled “Dream State,” originally appeared in OA Issue 62, marking the third-anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

OA-contributor John Biguenet is the recipient of the 2012 Louisiana Writer Award. His work has appeared in OA Issues 50 and 51.

Mark Monroe, a recent graduate of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Central Arkansas and a New Superstar of Southern Art in OA Issue 76, The Visual South, describes his new work in this video: 

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