Publisher Steve Gierhart was recently appointed (January 2013) to the Board of Directors for the Alabama Writers’ Forum (AWF), a partnership program with the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
He attended his first board meeting at the RSA Tower in downtown Montgomery on Wednesday, January 23, meeting all of the board members and discussing ideas with AWF President Kirk Curnutt and Jeanie Thompson, Executive Director for AWF.
Steve’s appointment is for three (3) years. He hopes his addition will bring stronger ties for the literary arts between residents and programs in North Alabama and Montgomery as well as other parts of the state. One of his initiatives is to plan for and conduct a summit next summer between AWF and Huntsville Literary Association. Planning during that conference would help strengthen similar programs conducted by both organizations as well as discuss new ideas for furtherance of the literary arts and literacy for all Alabamians. Jeannie Thompson will work with Steve to bring the conference to fruition.
In the meantime, The Ardent Writer Press asks all of its viewers to take time to go to AWF’s beautiful website and read about all of the wonderful programs they sponsor for the literary arts. Not only do they manage the very prestigious Harper Lee Award (Harper often attends) for a nationally recognized author, but they also manage the only state-wide high school literary awards contest, as well as programs to bring university professsors/writers to public schools to teach creative writing.
Just Google Alabama Writers’ Forum or go to “www.writersforum.org” or hit this LINK.