Winners of 43rd Georgia Author of the Year Awards announced at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 5‚ 2007) — The head of Kennesaw State University’s professional writing program…

Georgia (Jun 5, 2007) — Winners of 43rd Georgia Author of the Year Awards announced at Kennesaw State

Jeremy Craig

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 5‚ 2007) — The head of Kennesaw State University’s professional writing program and a managing editor of the Atlanta Journal−Constitution are just two of 16 authors who were honored during the 43rd annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards program.

A banquet announcing the winners was held Saturday at Kennesaw State.

Jim Elledge‚ head of KSU’s Master of Arts in Professional Writing program‚ was honored in the poetry category for his work‚ “A History of My Tattoo‚” a non−linear‚ book−length poem following the life of a young man through the turbulence of the Vietnam War and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Hank Klibanoff‚ managing editor for news at the AJC‚ was honored for a Pulitzer Prize−winning work co−written with Gene Roberts‚ “The Race Beat: The Press‚ the Civil Rights Struggle‚ and the Awakening of a Nation‚” examining journalism during the civil rights movement of the mid−20th century. Klibanoff was commended in the Georgia Author of the Year Award’s history subcategory in creative non−fiction.

The awards honor both independently−published authors and those whose books have been published by traditional publishing houses. All Georgia−resident authors who have been published during 2006 are eligible for the awards. There were 102 nominations this year.

The following is a complete list of the winners of the awards for 2006. A full list of nominees is available online at http://georgiawriters.org/43rdnominees.htm::

  • First Novel: Pamela Jackson‚ “On This Side of Heaven”
  • Fiction: Joshilyn Jackson‚ “Between‚ Georgia”
  • Poetry: Jim Elledge‚ “A History of My Tattoo”
  • Anthology: William Walsh‚ editor‚ “Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary Poets from 1951−1977”
  • Children’s Picture Book: Erin Harris‚ “Elephant on My Roof”
  • Children’s Mid−Reader: Carole Marshe‚ “The Secret of the Skullcracker Swamp”
  • Young Adult: Tom Deitz‚ “Windmaster’s Bane”
  • Winner of Children/Young Adult: Tom Deitz‚ “Windmaster’s Bane”


The following is a list of winners of various subcategories under the Creative Non−Fiction classification:

  • History: Hank Klibanoff‚ “The Race Beat: The Press‚ the Civil Rights Struggle‚ and the Awakening of a Nation”
  • Essay: Philip Lee Williams‚ “In the Morning”
  • Memoir: Barbara Brown Taylor‚ “Leaving Church”
  • Biography: Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger‚ “In Amma’s Healing Room”
  • Specialty Book: Perry Dilbeck‚ “The Last Harvest”
  • Inspirational/Religious: Joey Hancock‚ “Success Afield”
  • Self−Help: Peter Bowerman‚ “The Well−Fed Self−Publisher”
  • Overall winner‚ Inspirational/Self−Help: Peter Bowerman‚ “The Well−Fed Self−Publisher”


Memye Curtis Tucker received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday’s ceremonies‚ and Kodac Harrison and Collin Kelley were honored with the Taran Family Memorial Award for “Java Monkey Speaks: A Poetry Anthology‚ Vol. 2.”

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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