New York Author Joins Columbus State as Writing Fellow

Selena AndersonCOLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians has selected a writer from New York City as its 2009 Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellow.

As the fellowship’s fourth recipient, Selena Anderson will work to complete a collection of short stories while residing this fall in celebrated American writer Carson McCullers’ childhood home in Columbus, Ga. She also will give a presentation on campus on a date to be announced.

“My stories largely feature female protagonists who find themselves in settings that are at once recognizable and unfamiliar — which I suspect Georgia, to some degree, would be for me,” said Anderson, who recently completed a master’s degree in creative writing from Columbia University.

A Pearland, Texas native with bachelor’s degrees in both English and studio art from the University of Texas, Anderson’s previous awards include the Henfield Foundation Transatlantic Review prize that recognizes promising creative writing students and scholarships to the prestigious Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Middlebury, Vt., and the New York State Writers Institute.

Named in honor of Carson McCullers’ parents, the Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers was inspired by McCullers’ experience at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and at the Yaddo Arts Colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

For more information, contact Cathy Fussell, director of CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at 706 565-4021 or e-mail