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05.08.2013

The Georgia Review to host readings in NYC

A bit of Athens is heading to the Big Apple this month! UGA’s award-winning Georgia Review will travel north in May to host two readings for alumni and friends in the New York City area. Both events, one in Brooklyn and the other in Manhattan, are free to the public and will be emceed by Review editor Stephen Corey.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, The Georgia Review will present poet and critic Edward Butscher, poet Sharon Dolin and essayist Martha G. Wiseman at Melville House in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Here is some brief biographical information about these three writers:

Edward Butscher is the author of one of the earliest biographies of Sylvia Plath (Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness, 1976, reprinted 2004) and of Conrad Aiken: Poet of the White Horse Vale (1988), and he has written many reviews on a wide variety of books for The Georgia Review.

Sharon Dolin's fifth poetry collection, Whirlwind, was released last year by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently a visiting professor of creative writing at Hofstra University and the director of the Center for Book Arts annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Martha G. Wiseman, who teaches at Skidmore College, has been a dancer and choreographer, a theater student, and an editor. Wiseman has published two essays in The Georgia Review, “In Rehearsal” and “In the Flesh,” both having to do with her growing up in an artistic family circle that included her actor father Joseph Wiseman and her namesake godmother Martha Graham.

On Sunday, May 19, also at 7 p.m., the Review will present fiction writer René Houtrides, essayist and poet Laura McCullough, and poet Jane McKinley at the Juilliard School. Here’s some information about those Review contributors:

René Houtrides, whose first published short story, “Knife, Barn, My Harvey,” appeared in The Georgia Review (Spring 2007) and was followed by “Griffonia” (Winter 2012). She is an actor and a playwright, and currently teaches in the drama division of the Juilliard School.

Laura McCullough is the editor of two forthcoming anthologies, The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn (Syracuse University Press, January 2014) and an as-yet-untitled collection on race and poetry (University of Georgia Press, fall 2014). Her essay on and her interview with Stephen Dunn appeared as part of “Many a Beautiful Strangeness,” a Dunn feature in the Summer 2011 Georgia Review.

Jane McKinley's poetry collection Vanitas (Texas Tech University Press, 2011), won the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize. The title piece from this volume appeared first in The Georgia Review.

The Georgia Reviewwas founded at UGA in 1947 and has been published in Athens ever since. During that time, it has been ranked among the top literary journals in the country. Therefore, I know these special events will be extremely interesting for UGA alumni and friends who live in the New York City area. I encourage our Bulldogs in the Big Apple to take advantage of this opportunity to experience the Review’s goal of “bringing the finest writers to the best readers!”

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04.24.2014

Caplan and Cobb: the new dynamic duo of Atlanta law

Mike Caplan (AB '02, MBA ’05, JD ’06) and James Cobb (BS ’00) recently launched Caplan Cobb LLP, a new law firm focusing on business litigation in the Atlanta area. Mike’s practice focuses on complex business litigation while James’s practice is focused on the resolution of complex business disputes.

Triple Dawg Caplan left quite a legacy graduating magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in addition to his membership in both the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. In 2012, he received the Southern Center for Human Rights' inaugural Gideon's Promise Award for his work in Flournoy v. State, which led to significant reforms to Georgia's indigent-defense system.

Cobb graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University Law School in 2005. While he was at GWU, he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Senior Projects Editor of the George Washington Law Review. Outside of his business practice, James represents individuals and entities in civil-rights, criminal, and education-related matters.

The duo originally met in college as competitors in a national moot court competition and became friends in the following years. SuperLawyers Magazine named both Caplan and Cobb rising stars in Georgia for Business Litigation. Good luck to both Mike and James as they take on the Atlanta business law world!

To learn more about Caplan Cobb LLP, visit their website here.

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04.23.2014

Alumna puts passion for historic preservation into action

Catherine Garner (MHP ’13) has a passion for preserving the historic buildings of Salisbury, NC. After finishing her undergraduate degree in geography and urban planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Garner interned with preservation planners in Winston-Salem. Fulfilled by the work, she chose to pursue the path of historic preservation, eventually earning her master's degree from UGA in preservation planning.

Since then, Garner has landed her dream job as Salisbury’s newest city planner and liaison to the City’s Historic Preservation Commission. In this position, she help develop communities in which people want to live. She is involved in the city’s new "one-stop shop" for development services. The innovative program encourages local business owners to obtain city permits and a business license under the same roof. By streamlining the process, more local businesses will be involved in the city planning process.

Congratulations, Catherine! It’s great to see an alumna making a difference in her community. The work you do will impact Salisbury for generations to come.

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04.22.2014

Longtime UGA supporter hangs his “Gone Fishing” sign

William “Dink” H. NeSmith, Jr. (ABJ ’70) is one of the most passionate Bulldogs you will meet. A 1970 graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, NeSmith is co-owner and publisher of Athens-based Community Newspapers, Inc., which publishes dozens of newspapers in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. As if his professional responsibilities didn’t keep him busy enough, NeSmith, a self-admitted “joiner,” has dedicated as much (if not more) of his free time to higher education.The list of his past university volunteer roles is unparalleled:

  -  chairman of Grady's advisory board and president of its alumni board;

  -  chairman of the board of directors of the Fanning Leadership Institute;

  -  chairman of the Richard B. Russell Foundation;

  -  member of the Athletic Association Board of Directors; and

  -  trustee of the UGA Foundation

In addition, NeSmith is a past president of the UGA Alumni Association and served from 2003 to 2005. He could always be counted on to support his alma mater, and his leadership was surely a factor in UGA’s rise to a top 20 public institution of higher education.

In 2008, Gov. Sonny Perdue asked NeSmith to join the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. Five years later, he was serving as chairman of the 18-person governing board for USG. Only the third Athenian to fill this position, NeSmith recently concluded his term as chairman.

Reflecting on a lifetime of professional and philanthropic endeavors, NeSmith recently penned a short piece about his readiness to enjoy his greatest accomplishment: his family. The alumnus is surrounded by an ever-growing swath of Bulldog Faithful: his wife, Pam (BSHE ’71); three children, Alan (BSA ’04), Emily (AB ’99) and Eric (ABJ ’02); and seven grandsons. Upon the birth of each grandchild, NeSmith proudly gave them each a lifetime membership with the UGA Alumni Association. Although the Alumni Association is no longer dues-based, the NeSmith family boasts an impressive 15 lifetime members!

Read more about NeSmith’s transition to “grandpa time” here. This is one alumnus who has certainly earned the right to hang his “Gone Fishing” sign on the door. Thank you for your continued support, Dink, and your fine leadership in many areas across campus and the state.

Dink NeSmith is a regular contributor to the Athens Banner-Herald; read more of his pieces here.

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