Academic journal article Flannery O'Connor Review

From the Editor

Academic journal article Flannery O'Connor Review

From the Editor

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First and foremost, I want to thank Craig Amason for all his many years of good work promoting Flannery O'Connor's legacy at Andalusia Farm. Later this year he will join his wife, Amy Amason, at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, where they have accepted new jobs. Craig Amason's many accomplishments at Andalusia include a recent "Excellence in Restoration" award from The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for restoring the house in which Jack and Louise Hill lived during Flannery O'Connor's years on the farm. Check the Andalusia Farm website for updates on the search for a new Executive Director.

About this issue: Our cover art comes from a poster designed by D. Michael Nifong for the 2011 Startling Figures conference at Georgia College, and we include several pieces from that conference, such as a revised version of a keynote speech by Sarah Gordon and a revised version of the interview I conducted with E. L. Doctorow. Robert Donahoo's article is based on a talk he presented as the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Memorial Lecture. We are also pleased to introduce the Sarah Gordon Award-winning article from the 2012 competition. The winner this year is Michael Odom, a graduate student in English at the University of South Carolina. I thank the judges-Tim Caron, Thomas Haddox and Virginia Wray-for reading all the entries carefully. Our annual deadline for entries is 1 August.

Fall festival: Milledgeville will host more than fifty writers at the Georgia Literary Festival this fall, including, as keynoters, poet Sean Hill and poet/fiction writer Judson Mitcham. The main day of the celebration is Saturday, 9 Nov. 2013, but there will be additional events on the 8th and 10th, such as a poetry reading by Sarah Gordon at Andalusia Farm on Sunday. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take a trolley car tour of O'Connor sites in Milledgeville. The festival website is georgiacenterforthebook. org/Georgia-Literary-Festival/index.php.

Future conference: Hank Edmondson of Georgia College has received grants from Georgia College, the Flannery O'Connor Charitable Trust, Nipissing University, and Loyola University Chicago in support of an international O'Connor conference. …

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