Though the fall of 2013 has been busy, mostly with teaching, but also with getting to work on this Whitehurst/Montgomery book project. For third fall semester in a row I taught freshman composition at Auburn University at Montgomery, in addition to my regular work teaching creative writing and 12th grade English— you imagine the paper-grading load! And the spring of 2014 will pick up dramatically.
On February 7, Kirk Curnutt and I will be leading a professional development for teachers, which will be centered on the Alabama Book Festival‘s Student Readers Group selection, Weren’t No Good Times, edited by Randall Williams. The all-day teacher workshop will be held at Troy-Montgomery. The Student Readers Group is a program designed to engage high school and college students in reading books by Alabama authors, on Alabama subjects, or both. For more information about the workshop, please e-mail me. (see my About and Contact page)
Later in the month, on February 27, I will be a guest lecturer in Auburn University at Montgomery’s School of Liberal Arts lecture series, talking about Montgomery’s historic Bernard Whitehurst case. The lectures are held on AUM’s campus; more details about the times and campus location are forthcoming.
Of course, in the spring, the ninth annual Alabama Book Festival will be on April 19, 2014. I’ve been coordinating the Student Readers Group as usual, but this year I’ve also taken on nonfiction book selection. We’ve already got some good folks lined up in a variety of subject areas. To see author commitments as they come in, by visiting the 2014 Authors page in the festival website.
Finally, I just want to point out a new project — if you want to call it that — that I’ve started on Tumblr, called simply “A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the day.” Every day, I’m going through my bookshelves and pulling a quick quote to share about writing, editing or teaching . . . in case that wasn’t obvious from the title. You can read them by following my Tumblr blog, which has the same title as this one: Pack Mule for the New School.
See y’all in the new year.