Ty Cobb and the Book That Wasn’t

Terry Kay (b. 1938) of Hart County, Georgia, is the author of twelve novels, including the celebrated coming-of-age tale The Year the Lights Came On (1976), which drew on his memories of the small town of Royston in the 1940s. Kay enjoyed a long career in journalism and public relations, interviewing some of the world’s most famous entertainers in his work as a film and theater critic; his novels The Year the Lights Came On and Shadow Song (1994) grew out of magazine pieces he’ d written. His 1990 novel To Dance with the White Dog, inspired by his parents’ long marriage, was internationally successful and was adapted for television for the Hallmark Hall of Fame series—as were The Year the Lights Came On and After Eli (1981). Kay has also published a children’s book, To Whom the Angel Spoke: A Story of the Christmas (1991), and a collection of columns and essays, Special Kay: The Wisdom of Terry Kay (2000). One of Georgia’s best-known living writers, Kay has received numerous honors, including the Georgia Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for outstanding contribution to the literary heritage of Georgia. He resides in Athens with Tommie, his wife of fifty-three years. (Inducted in 2006)

Catkins; A Perfect New Moon; & Piecemeal

Coleman Barks, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, has since 1977 collaborated with various scholars of the Persian language (most notably, John Moyne) to bring over into American free verse the poetry of the thirteenth-century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi. This work has resulted in twenty-one volumes, including the bestselling Essential Rumi in 1995. He has also published eight volumes of his own poetry, including Hummingbird Sleep: Poems 2009–2011 (2012) and Winter Sky: Poems 1968–2008 (2008), both from the University of Georgia Press. 

Imagine with Me Now the Final Room

John Stone (1936–2008) was a four-time Georgia Writer of the Year, a 1992 recipient of the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities, and an honored emeritus professor of cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Beginning in 1969, he attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Vermont, where he served as resident physician for three summers. His first book of poetry, The Smell of Matches (1972), was followed by In All This Rain (1980), Renaming the Streets (1985), Where Water Begins (1998), and Music from Apartment 8 (2004). Stone was also an acclaimed essayist—his collection In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine (1990) earned Stone his fourth Georgia Writer of the Year Award, and his first for nonfiction. He died in Atlanta in 2008. (Inducted in 2007)

You’ll Like My Mother’s Grave

Harry Crews (1935–2012), born in Bacon County, was the author of nearly twenty novels, from The Gospel Singer (1968) to An American Family: The Baby with the Curious Markings (2006). His published nonfiction includes the first volume of his autobiography, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place (1978), and three essay collections. His papers are collected in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia; he was the subject of a special feature, including previously unpublished work and letters culled from that collection, in our Winter 2007 issue. Crews lived for decades in Gainesville, Florida, where he taught at the University of Florida. (Inducted in 2002)


Raymond Andrews (1934–1991) was born in, and grew up near, the town of Madison. After serving four years in the United States Air Force and then attending Michigan State University, he lived in New York City from 1958 to 1984. Andrews won the James Baldwin Prize for his debut novel, Appalachee Red (1978)—the first volume of his Muskhogean County trilogy that also includes Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee (1980) and Baby Sweet’s (1983). His other books include a memoir, The Last Radio Baby (1990), and a two-novella volume, Jessie and Jesus and Cousin Claire (1991). Andrews returned to Georgia from New York in 1984, living just outside of Athens until he took his own life in 1991. The Fall 2010 issue of The Georgia Review includes a major feature on his work. (Inducted in 2009)

The New Realism

Robert Burch (1925–2007) published nineteen works for children, including Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee (1963), Skinny (1964), D. J.’s Worst Enemy (1965), Queenie Peavy (1966), and Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain (1980), which was adapted for television as an NBC movie, The Incredible Ida Early, in 1987. He won numerous awards from librarians, teachers, and his fellow writers, and received the Georgia Governor’s Award for excellence in literature. Born in Inman, Burch served in World War II in the South Pacific, New Guinea, and Australia. Following the war he majored in horticulture at the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He was a longtime resident of Fayetteville, where he died in 2007. (Inducted in 2009)

O’Connor Plus Bishop Plus Closely Plus Distance (on Flannery O’Connor and Elizabeth Bishop)

Marianne Boruch’s ten poetry collections include the recent title The Anti-Grief (Copper Canyon Press, 2019). She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia last year at the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Studies Institute, observing the astonishing wildlife to write a book-length sequence, a neo-ancient/medieval bestiary, which is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. The poems in this issue are a part of that collection.

On Craftsmanship (essay) & 1991 State of Human Rights Address

Jimmy Carter (b. 1924), former governor of Georgia and thirty-ninth president of the United States, is the author of numerous books, ranging from memoir to policy analysis to poetry. With The Hornet’s Nest (2003), a work of historical fiction, he became the first U.S. president to publish a novel. His collection of essays, Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis (2005), was a national bestseller and was honored by the Georgia Writers Association; his nonfiction book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid (2006) generated international attention and some controversy. His latest books include A Remarkable Mother (2008), a memoir of Lillian Carter; We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: a Plan That Will Work (2009); White House Diary (2010); and Through the Year with Jimmy Carter: 366 Daily Meditations from the 39th President (Zondervan, 2011) with Steve Halliday. After leaving office in 1981, he founded the Carter Center in Atlanta and has remained active in international politics and human rights advocacy. In 2002 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (Inducted in 2006)

James Dickey and Georgia

Ward Briggs is Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics emeritus and Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities emeritus at the University of South Carolina.

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