Faculty and Student Success

Student Awards

The Outstanding Senior in Creative Writing for 2021-2022: Brandon Near

Outstanding Seniors in Literature for 2021-2022: Rosalie Bodkin and Ellen Yeudall

Congratulations to our award winners, and to all our 2021-2022 graduates!

Recent Student Achievements

Many congratulations to the following students, whose poems were selected by judge Yolanda Franklin for this year’s Academy of American Poets’ College Poetry Prizes at Georgia College:

                      Undergraduate winner:

                                                         Regan Jones, for “Saltwater”

                           Graduate winner: 

                           Avery James, for “Transubstantiation in Underground Atlanta”

                                                          Runner-ups and mentions:


                            First runner-up: Braiden Ellis, for “…surpassing the love of women”          

                                    Second runner-up: Eva Sheehan, for “Birthright”

                             Honorable mention: Olivia McClure, for “A Hope for Warmth”


                       Runner-up: Kieran Binney, for “On the Saiga Mass Extinction Event of 2015”

THANK YOU to everyone who submitted this year.…keep an eye out for the annual prize          submission announcement next spring.


                                                       Congratulations Olivia Mcclure!

Olivia received her first acceptance for publication in Atlanta Review! Her poem, "The Truck," is set to appear in its upcoming printed issue.

Recent Faculty Achievements

Congratulations Dr. Chika Unigwe!

Canongate has acquired The Middle Daughter, Chika Unigwe’s reimagining of the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades, centring a woman’s experience of living in a patriarchal society. Canongate will publish the novel in April 2023 simultaneously with Dzanc Books in the US. For the full article visit Bookseller.

Dr. Chika Unigwe's book "On Black Sisters Street" has just been released in Tamil (India).  


Congratulations Dr. Mary Magoulick!

Dr. Magoulick's recently published book, The Goddess Myth, received a positive review and won an honorable mention for the professional prize from the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society at her annual meeting. The press (UPM), who had a book table at the conference, stated that it was the first book sold and the most often picked up book during the conference.

Dr. Magoulick was also interviewed recently about the The Goddess Myth for New Books Network – you can find the podcast here.


Congratulations Peter Selgin!

**Regal House will publish, A Boy's Guide to Outer Space, in the Fall of 2024.   

1963. Hattertown, Connecticut. Leo “Half” Napoli mourns his hat factory worker father while daydreaming of being the first man on the moon, and thereby partaking of "something of the infinite." Meanwhile he and his fellow Back Shop Boys (their fathers all worked in the dangerous, mercury-fume-laden back shops of hat factories) seek to learn the identity of the mysterious Man in Blue, who wanders the town collecting odd items in his rucksack. Elected to spy on him, instead Half and the mysterious man form an odd friendship during the course of which the man teaches Half to swim. Meanwhile Half discovers not only what “Jack Thomas” has been collecting in his rucksack (and why), but the extraordinary circumstances that led to his fugitive existence — an odyssey extending from pre-WWII Bohemia to a German POW Camp in Illinois, and beyond. The story is told by Half as he looks back from his pandemic-confined retirement as a Fuel Technology Specialist for NASA, i.e., “a gas station attendant for the Space Shuttle.
A Boy’s Guide to Outer Space is about the places on earth where the mundane and the miraculous meet, and of a boy’s re-discovery of his sense of wonder.
“A Boy’s Guide to Outer Space is reminiscent of Alain Fournier’s 1913 classic, Le Grand Meaulnes (voted the most popular novel in France): a novel about Paradise Lost, the paradise of childhood, ‘the only true Holy Land.’ This is a novel for readers who love the drama of mysterious worlds and the spell of enchanting words.” — Alta Ifland, author of The Wife Who Wasn’t

**GCSU's Department of Art will be sponsoring a retrospective exhibit of Peter Selgin's art. The exhibit, to be held in the Underwood Gallery from January 12, 2023 - February 23, 2023, will feature 40 works from the 1980s through the present, and will include original paintings, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, illustrations, book cover designs, as well as fine-art prints. A reception (featuring David Johnson on violin) will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 5:00.

Peter Selgin’s paintings have been featured at the Bridgewater-Lustberg Gallery in Soho and the Frank J. Miele Gallery, as well as other galleries in New York City and elsewhere. His one-man show at the Wave Hill Gallery in the Bronx, New York, sold-out. He has work in many private collections and in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. His illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Forbes, Gourmet, Italian Food and Wine, and other publications. Other illustration clients have included Volkswagen, British Airways, Canon Corporation, Merrill-Lynch, Rolling Stone, Banker’s Trust, Virgin Atlantic, Burberry’s of London, IBM, and American Express. For the past four years he has designed book covers for over one-hundred books, including award-winning novels by Jerome Charyn, Michelle Herman, Joseph Nadelson and others. His picture book, S.S. Gigantic Across the Atlantic (Simon & Schuster, 1999), which he wrote and illustrated, was a Scholastic Book Club Main Selection. It won the 2000 Helen Lemme Award for Best Children’s Picture Book.


Congratulations Dr. Sidonia Serafini!

Sidonia Serafini recently received an Award for Excellence in Student Archives-Centered Work in a Public Institution from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council for her participation in the digital symposium, "Digital Clinton: Slavery and Freedom in Middle Georgia and Reflections on Our Mutual Past." With Professor Barbara McCaskill of the University of Georgia, she will present a virtual invited talk, titled “Radical Empathy and the Liberatory Writings of Rev. Peter Thomas Stanford,” at the Centre for Baptist Studies at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, England on November 4.


Congratulations Peter Selgin!

Peter Selgin will be among artist's featured in the exhibition Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art | Opening February 5, 2023 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877, 203-438-4519

For more information: https://thealdrich.org/exhibitions/prima-materia


Congratulations Dr. Alice Friman, Professor emerita!

Read Dr. Alice Friman's poem Weighing In  on Verse Daily.