The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Exploring the Writers in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Stephen Corey joined the staff of The Georgia Review in 1983 as assistant editor and subsequently has served as associate editor, acting editor, and, since 2008, editor. His most recent book is Startled at the Big Sound: Essays Personal, Literary, and Cultural (Mercer University Press, 2017); he has also published nine collections of poems, among them There Is No Finished World (White Pine Press) and Synchronized Swimming (Livingston Press); his individual poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in dozens of periodicals; and he has coedited three books in as many genres, including (with Warren Slesinger) Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press). Over the past thirty-five years he has served as poet-in-residence or visiting poet/editor for numerous writing programs, conferences, and other literary gatherings, and he is currently a member of the core faculty for the low-residency MFA program at Reinhardt University. Born in Buffalo and reared in Jamestown, New York, Stephen Corey holds BA and MA degrees from Harpur College (now Binghamton University) and a PhD from the University of Florida.

From Georgia Scenes, Characters, Incidents, &c. in the First Half Century of the Republic (“Author’s Preface” & “The Horse Swap”)

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet (1790–1870) published Georgia’s first important literary work, Georgia Scenes, Characters, Incidents, &c. in the First Half Century of the Republic (1835), a groundbreaking collection which drew the contemporary praise of Edgar Allan Poe for its penetrating understanding of southern character. The book was immensely popular, appearing in eleven separate editions between its publication and 1897. Despite this success, the writing of fiction was only a sideline for Longstreet, who held positions of prominence as a lawyer, judge, state senator, minister, newspaper editor, and college president. After serving in this last role at Emory College, Centenary College, the University of Mississippi, and South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina), he moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 1861. According to Longstreet scholar David Rachels, in December 1862 Federal troops reached Oxford and, using all of Longstreet’s papers as kindling, burned his house. Born in Augusta, Longstreet died eighty years later in Oxford. (Inducted as a charter member in 2000)

All Possible Worlds (on Josie Sigler’s Living Must Bury; Harmony Holiday’s Negro League Baseball; David Clewell’s Taken Somehow by Surprise; Kathleen Graber’s The Eternal City; and Maxine Scates’s Undone)

Kevin Clark’s several books of poems include the forthcoming The Consecrations (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2021). His first collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets, and his second, Self-Portrait with Expletives (2010), won the Pleiades Press prize. His poetry appears in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he’s also published essays in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop. 

It’s All in the Details (on Charles Baxter’s Gryphon: New and Selected Stories; Ann Packer’s Swim Back to Me; Ernest J. Finney’s Sequoia Gardens: California Stories; Phillip Sterling’s In Which Brief Stories Are Told; & Amina Gautier’s At-Risk)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

Siren Song

Daniel Hoffman, a former Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1973–74), will publish his thirteenth book of verse, Next to Last Words, in April 2013, on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday.

Words Fail the Winning Athlete & The News from Poetry

Hunt Hawkins’ poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Georgia Review, and many other journals. His poetry collection, The Domestic Life (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. He is chair of the English department at the University of South Florida.

We’re Small on the Rim

Julie Suk is the author of five volumes of poetry and is co-editor of Bear Crossings, an anthology of North American poets. Her most recent book, Lie Down With Me: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2011 by Autumn House Press, and her work is forthcoming in the Cimarron Review, Great River Review, and Southern Poetry Review.

Easter Afternoon

Kathryn Stripling Byer received the 2013 North Carolina Book Award and the 2013 Southern Independent Booksellers Award for Poetry for her most recent collection, Descent (Louisiana State University Press, 2012). A native of south Georgia, she recently completed five years as North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate. Frequently anthologized, her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications ranging from the Atlantic to Appalachian Heritage.