Activist to Join CSU as Writing Fellow

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians has selected an activist on issues related to environmental protection and human rights to serve as its 2008 Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellow.

Kelly Hayes-RaittAs the fellowship’s third recipient, Kelly Hayes-Raitt, left, will reside this fall in McCullers’ childhood home on Stark Avenue in Columbus while she writes “Keeping the Faith: An American Woman’s Journey through the Axis of Evil,” a compilation of first-person essays about individuals affected by U.S. foreign policies in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and the Philippines.

A veteran of many trips to the Middle East, Hayes-Raitt recently returned from having spent the summer in Syria.

In addition to writing, Hayes-Raitt is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based political consultant and activist, whose goals include protecting the environment, furthering human and civil rights and expanding educational opportunities. She has appeared on more than 500 radio and television programs including PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CBS This Morning, CNN Financial News and CNN Moneyline.

For more information, call McCullers Center Director Cathy Fussell at 706-565-4021, e-mail: or go to