AMERICUS —“Sirocco,” Georgia Southwestern State University’s “magazine of the arts,” is published in April of each year by students. A reading and reception celebrating the release of the 2013 edition, “Kindling the Flames,” was held April 10 in the Marshall Student Center Faculty Dining Room.
The magazine features work from students, faculty, staff and alumni and is chosen by a student editorial staff. This year’s magazine covered literature, music, and visual and theater arts.
The cover artwork, “Into the Realm of Fae,” was a photograph by Kristin Pair from Savannah. Her piece was selected after winning the “Sirocco” Cover Prize sponsored by Americus-based business, Global Graphics. The magazine literary editor was Elizabeth McDermott from Conyers. Ashley Bratcher from Cordele and Sunni Zemblowski from Americus served as the art editors. Zemblowski was the GSW outstanding scholar in 2012 and in the fall will begin her MFA studies at Long Island University, C.W. Post campus.
Made possible through the generous support of Dr. and Mrs. William Capitan, the Dolores Capitan Writing Award winners were named at the celebration, as well. Academic Division winners were Johnathan Simmons from Bonaire who won first place, Kassandra Tuten from Albany who won second place, and Erin Anderson from Parrott who won third place. Jody Spence won the Editor’s Choice Award sponsored by Clinic Drug Store; Burt Carter, Ph.D, professor of geology, won the “Pat’s Place Poetry Prize” for best poetry submission; and Pair won the cover art contest sponsored by Global Graphics.
Each year the magazine is dedicated to someone who has supported the arts or the magazine in some significant way. Keaton Wynn, assistant professor of Fine Arts, was this year’s honoree. Wynn teaches art history and ceramics, and he often leads seminars on art philosophy and craft theory. Wynn earned a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Kent State University and a Master of Arts in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The “Sirocco” is made possible by funding from the GSW Student Government Association, individual/local business donations and grant money from the Americus/Sumter Arts Council.
To get your copy of “Sirocco,” call the Department of English and Modern Languages at (229) 931-2183.