Columbus State University Announces Carson McCullers Literary Award Winners

- The English Department at Columbus State University is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Carson McCullers Literary Awards for Georgia high school and CSU students:


The Brick Road Greear Prize for Poetry

High School:
First Place: "Rotten Fruit," Hayley Maine, Early College Academy of Columbus, Columbus, GA
Honorable Mention: "The Run of Life," Bodie Fox, Armuchee High School, Rome, GA

First Place: "In the Savage City," Jeremy Andrews
Honorable Mention: "Proximity," Alyssa Hudson


The Orlene Jones Poulsen Award for Fiction

High School:
First Place: "Thank You For the Pictures," Elim Lee, Brookstone School, Columbus, GA
Honorable Mention: "6:30 to 7:41," Taryn Castro, Chamblee Charter High School, Atlanta, GA

First Place: "Tolerable Oranges," Alyssa Hudson
Honorable Mention: "Midnight Monster," Shannon Smith


The Paul Hackett Award for Creative Nonfiction

High School:
First Place: "Mother, Did You Know?" Elim Lee, Brookstone School, Columbus, GA
Honorable Mention: "Ode to Joy," Amy Pan, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA

First Place: "Motherland," Alyssa Hudson
Honorable Mention: "Escape These Southern Bones," Jeremy Andrews


The Naartjie Multimedia Award for Expository Writing

High School:
Honorable Mention: “Grace's Path to Enlightenment in The Others,” Sina Niusulu, Hardaway High School, Columbus, GA

First Place: "Mark Doty and Transforming Experience into Art," Christopher Delano
Honorable Mention: “Run, Lola, Run and the Reality of Difference,” Rachel Jordan
Notable: “Mina Loy's "Parturition" and "Feminist Manifesto": A Reflection of Conflicted Identities," Alyssa Hudson
Notable: "The Negro Speaks: An Examination of Black Identity in America Through the Lens of Masculinity in Amiri Baraka's Dutchman," Brandon Hodges
Notable: "Damnation and Salvation Through Love in Christina Rosetti's Poetry," Emery Godwin


Prizes for first place include $150 and publication in Arden, CSU’s award-winning literary journal. Honorable mention win­ners will receive $100. Winners will receive their awards and cash prizes at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at The Rankin Gardens & Atrium. A performance featuring poet Noah Blaustein will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

These awards are named for Carson Mc­Cullers who was born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Georgia on February 19, 1917. Most famous for her novels "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," "Reflections in a Golden Eye," "The Member of the Wedding," "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe," and "Clock Without Hands," McCullers was also a playwright and a short story writer. Her small but significant body of work includes five novels, two plays, twen­ty short stories, over two dozen nonfiction pieces, a book of children’s verses, a small number of poems, and an unfinished auto­biography. She died in 1967 at the age of 50.

For further information about the awards, contact Dr. Carmen Skaggs, chair for the Department of English at 706-569-2583 or