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Biographical information about the lecturers for the CARSON at 100: THE McCULLERS CENTENNIAL is below. A complete list of events can be found at the NEA BIG READ Event Website.

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Nick Norwood

Poet NICK NORWOOD is a professor of creative writing at Columbus State University and the director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus, Georgia, and Nyack, New York. His poems have appeared widely in a number of national and international literary journals, online sites, and public broadcasts—The Paris Review, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Pleiades, Ekphrasis, Poetry Daily, The New Ohio Review, Five Points, The Oxford American, The Greensboro Review, The South Carolina Review, New South, storySouth, Atlanta Review, This Land, the PBS NewsHour site Art Beat, U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated column American Life in Poetry, on NPR’s Writer’s Almanacwith Garrison Keillor, and many others.

Nick has earned wide recognition for his work, having been awarded an International Merit Award in Poetry from Atlanta Review, both a Tennessee Williams Scholarship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, twice been a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize, once each a semifinalist for the Verse Prize and the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, and a finalist in both the Morton Marr Poetry Contest and the Texas Institute of Letters Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry. His first book, The Soft Blare, selected by Andrew Hudgins for the River City Poetry Series, was issued in 2003. His second book, A Palace for the Heart, winner of second prize in the Mellen Press Poetry Contest 2002, was published by that press in 2004. In 2007, he published a limited edition, fine press book, Wrestle, in collaboration with the artist and master printer Erika Adams. In 2016, he and Erika Adams produced a second book, Text. His third full volume of poems, Gravel and Hawk, won the Hollis Summers Prize in Poetry and was published by Ohio University Press in 2012.

Nick Norwood has also published a number of essays, reviews, book chapters, and critical studies of poetry, and in March 2016 his article on “Tone and the International Style” in the work of the Northern Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney appeared in the international Irish studies journal Estudios Irlandeses, published at the University of Barcelona. Nick has been the sole poet representing the United States at the Euroscience Open Forum’s session “Science Meets Poetry” on four separate occasions—in Munich in 2006, Turin in 2010, Copenhagen in 2014, and Manchester, UK, in 2016. An award-winning teacher, Nick served as the co-director of the EC-Ireland study abroad program from 2013-2015, as site director of CSU’s Spencer House in Oxford, England–where he was also a visiting fellow at Greyfriar’s Hall–in spring of 2008, and has taught in or directed study abroad and study away programs in Oxford, Swäbisch Gmünd, Germany, and New York City.

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Virginia Causey

VIRGINIA CAUSEY received her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Emory University in 1983, specializing in the American South. Her main areas of research and publication are school segregation and desegregation and effective history teaching. Recent publications include “The Long and Winding Road: School Desegregation in Columbus, Georgia, 1963-1997” in the Georgia Historical Quarterly (Fall 2001), “The Constitution: Voting Rights” in Culturally Responsive Teaching (McGraw Hill: 2001), and “Strategies for Increasing Achievement in History” in More Strategies for Educating Everybody’s Children (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: 2001).

After 12 years-of-service to the institution as a full-time faculty member Dr. Causey, Professor of History, retired May 2012. With a brief hiatus, she returned fall semester as a part-time faculty, teaching 100% online US history survey courses via the Internet

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Courtney George

COURTNEY GEORGE is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Columbus State University, where she teaches courses in American literature, Southern studies, and First Year Composition. Dr. George also served as director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians from 2011-2015. She obtained her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, and she has published in the Southern Literary Journal, Television and New Media, the European Journal of American Culture, and Studies in American Culture. Dr. George’s early published work focuses on Southern women writers, while her most recent research focuses on portrayals of Hurricane Katrina in literature, film, television, and music.

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Casey Kayser

CASEY KAYSER is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, where she teaches courses in literature and medical humanities. Her research specialties include narrative medicine; modern and contemporary American literature and drama; southern literature, drama, and culture; folklore; and gender studies. Her work has been published in Midwestern Folklore and she has essays forthcoming in Mississippi Quarterly and the Journal of Medical Humanities. She is the co-editor of Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and is currently working on a book on gender, race, and regional identity in the work of southern women playwrights. She is the outgoing President of the Carson McCullers Society, and will continue to serve on the Executive Committee.

 

  • Chess at the Library

    When: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Join us for our bi-weekly chess club. We provide a social atmosphere for anyone who wants to play chess. Whether you're a grandmaster or just eager to learn for the first time, everyone is welcome.

  • Teen Cosplay Workshop

    When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at CB&T (side B)

    Are you interested in cosplay, but don't know where to start? In this workshop, you will get the chance to socialize with other cosplayers and learn tips and tricks as we create cosplay accessories for upcoming conventions. Some materials will be provided, but you may also bring your own projects to work on.

  • Big Eyes, Small Mouth

    When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Teen Department

    Come along on epic adventures, fight monsters, and meet princesses in this anime-fantasy style roleplaying game. Event open to teens ages 12 to 18.

  • End-of-Summer Splash Bash!

    When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Did you meet your summer reading goal? Come celebrate with us at our outdoor water party! Bring your wet suit, sunscreen, and a towel and be prepared to get soaked. Children and teens of all ages are invited.

  • Anime Club

    When: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Teen Department

    Eat ramen and other delicious snacks while we watch a different series of anime each time. Event open to teens ages 12 to 18.

  • Read & Play Storytime

    When: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library

    Join us in the children's area as we have fun listening to stories, signing songs, and repeating rhymes, all while you and your little one(s) learn. Interactive crafts and playtime immediately follow the program! Adult caregivers and children age 0-5 are invited to attend.

  • Tiny Tales (0-24 months)

    When: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Synovus (side A)

    Tiny Tales is a fun program that introduces babies and toddlers to books and language activities. Parents are encouraged to take on the role as their child’s first teacher. Activities may involve stories, books, rhymes, music, movement, finger plays, puppets and educational toys.

  • Minecraft Monday (Ages 6-12)

    When: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Tired of fighting Creepers and running from Enderman? Want some interactive fun, both online and off? Join us for an immersive Minecraft experience full of fun crafts and free play! No registration required.

  • Chess at the Library

    When: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Join us for our bi-weekly chess club. We provide a social atmosphere for anyone who wants to play chess. Whether you're a grandmaster or just eager to learn for the first time, everyone is welcome.

  • Tiny Tales (Ages 0-24 Months)

    When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Tiny Tales encourages parents to take an active role as their child’s first teacher by introducing book and language activities that can be repeated at home. This fun-filled program for babies and toddlers includes stories, rhymes, music, movement, and much more!

  • Email and Cloud Storage

    When: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Get started with email and saving documents online with Google Drive. Learn how to compose messages, address multiple recipients, add attachments, and much more! *Limited spots available. Registration is strongly encouraged. Please call (706) 683-8805.*

  • American Sign Language: Silent Chat

    When: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Alpha Kappa Alpha Room

    Come practice your American Sign language skills in a friendly, casual environment. Every ASL skill level welcome. the goal is signing only. No voices please! Call 706-243-2782 or email mlt@cvlga.org for more information.

  • Chess at the Library

    When: Monday, July 23, 2018 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Join us for our bi-weekly chess club. We provide a social atmosphere for anyone who wants to play chess. Whether you're a grandmaster or just eager to learn for the first time, everyone is welcome.

  • Adult Crafternoon

    When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Calling all adults! Join us as we make a unique craft! Each month we will have an activity focused on painted rocks, paper lanterns, or CD artwork decorating! All materials will be provided.
    May- CD Artwork Decorating, June- Painted Rocks, July- Paper Lanterns.
    All materials will be provided.

  • MS Excel Basics

    When: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Rothschild Technology Room

    Learn how to use and format spreadsheets, set up basic formulas, and create charts.

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