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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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02.03.2016

Alumnus Spotlight: Peter Conlon (BBA '75)

One of the biggest attractions to the Atlanta music scene is its annual music festival, Music Midtown. From mainstream pop artists to rising rock bands, Music Midtown offers the crowds that gather performances from a wide variety of artists. For Peter Conlon (BBA '75), one of two founders of the festival and president of Peter Conlon Presents, this was the overall goal: to create an event fit for attendees of all music tastes and genres.

Conlon graduated from Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in international business in 1975. During his four years as an undergraduate student, he was a member of University Union where he first began booking rock concerts that featured artists such as Jethro Tull and the Allman Brothers. He attended law school for a short period of time after graduation, but then took a risk and dropped out to work as an intern for the Carter presidential campaign, a risk that ended up paying off through a victory.

Peter continued to work for Jimmy Carter throughout his presidential term. His position required that he help set up benefit concerts for the president. In 1982, Conlon partnered with Alex Cooley to begin his career in the music industry.

Music Midtown at Piedmont Park

After working many years booking concerts, the pair founded Music Midtown in 1994, inspired by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. After having to pull the plug on the event in 2005 due to low sales, the festival was reintroduced in 2011 and now takes up several stages across Piedmont Park, hosts more than 30 different artists, and attracts attendees from all over the nation. Moreover, since the festival’s relaunch, it has generated $50 million for the local economy each year.

Congratulations to Peter and best wishes for the continued success of Music Midtown! 

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02.01.2016

Alumna Spotlight: Devin Clower (BFA ’08)

Anyone family with downtown Athens and its eclectic variety of shops is surely familiar with Frontier. Since opening nearly 20 years ago, the store has connected local artists with community members by providing a venue for them to showcase and sell their work. 

UGA alumna Devin Clower (BFA '08) took ownership of the store three years ago. Her background in interior design helped her with the introduction of custom framing and redesigning the store layout.

The store’s motto, “All for the heart and home,” is reflected in the unique gifts that you can find at the store. Devin has worked hard to fulfill the motto, and through her leadership, the store has grown into a local favorite.

Congratulations on your hard work, Devin!

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01.29.2016

UGA awards the President’s Medal

On January 27, the UGA President’s Medal was awarded to Francis “Abit” Massey (BBA ’49) and the late Jane Seddon Willson. This honor recognizes extraordinary support and contributions to individuals that have made a tremendous impact in the lives of students and staff. Through them, the university is able to continue to push forward to greater heights in the realm of academia.

Francis "Abit" Massey (BBA '49)

Abit served as the president of the UGA Alumni Association’s Board of Directors from 1991-1993. Throughout his career, he served in the roles of head of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and executive director of the Georgia Poultry Federation. Currently, he is serving on the board of the UGA Real Estate Foundation, Georgia Research Foundation, and is an emeritus trustee of the UGA Foundation. Moreover, Abit has received numerous medals throughout his lifetime that include the 1986 UGA Alumni Merit Award and the Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.

During her lifetime, Jane served as a member of on the Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Council, the Franklin College Advisory Board, the UGA Research Foundation, the Honors Program and Advisory Board, the Georgia Museum of Art Board of Advisors, and she served as an emerita trustee of the UGA Research Foundation. In 2004, she endowed the William Harry Willson Distinguished Chair of Business in honor of her husband and later on, she created the Willson International Honors Scholars Program for students in the university’s Honors Program. Jane was honored with a Doctor of Laws degree in 2006, one of the highest accolades granted to any individual that is a part of the Bulldog community, and in 2008, she was inducted into the Crystal Arch Society in recognition of her passion for giving back to the university.


 

The late Jane Willson 

 “We are honored to recognize two great Georgians for helping to improve our state and strengthen the university,” said President Morehead. “Through their influential vision and tremendous generosity, both Abit Massey and the late Jane Willson have had a profound impact on UGA, and their contributions will continue to benefit the university for generations to come.”

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