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Reinhardt faculty honored at 53rd annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards

By Erika Neldner

author awardsReinhardt University faculty and guest faculty of its Etowah Valley Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing were among those honored at the 53rd annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards.  The awards ceremony was held June 3 in Kennesaw.

Ray Atkins was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Rome resident is an instructor of English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and has been a part of the Etowah Valley MFA in Creative Writing since its inception. Atkins also was honored as a finalist in the Essay category for “South of the Etowah: The View From the Wrong Side of the River.”

Anne Corbitt was a finalist for the First Novel category for her book, “Rules for Lying,” and Ann Hite earned an honorable mention nod in the Literary Fiction category for “Sleeping Above Chaos.”

“The 53rd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards confirms what the Reinhardt University program already knows — we have some of the finest writers teaching in our program,” said Bill Walsh, of the Etowah Valley MFA in Creative Writing. “We are so pleased to be associated with such talented writers as Ray Atkins, Anne Corbitt and Ann Hite, whose work commands respect. Not only are they fantastic writers, they are incredible teachers, too. The students love working with them, and we are proud to have them on the faculty of the MFA program. Between these three writers, they brought home two Finalists Awards, an Honorable Mention and a Lifetime Achievement Award. That’s high cotton, as they say.”

Reinhardt University’s Etowah Valley MFA in Creative Writing’s second year will kick off next month in the Dobbs Science Building on Reinhardt’s campus with Richard Blanco, the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in U.S. History. For more information on the summer readings that are free and open to the public, visit

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