2017 Plenary Speaker Announcement: Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin is author of This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith, praised by Janisse Ray as an “honest, gritty, transcendent” work. This Gladdening Light won the 2015 Will D. Campbell Award in Creative Nonfiction and will be published by Mercer University Press this summer. Martin is also author of the poetry chapbooksMarcescenceEverything Turns Away, and A Conference of Birds. His work has appeared in publications across the country— including American Public Media’s On BeingMcSweeney’s, and Thrush Poetry Journal—and in several anthologies, most recently Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry, published by University of South Carolina Press this past year. Martin is a contributing editor at New Southerner and winner of the 2014 George Scarbrough Award for Poetry. He teaches English at Kennesaw State University, creative nonfiction at the Appalachian Young Writer Workshop, and serves on the board of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, where he founded and hosts the SHORE reading series. He founded and edited the literary journal Flycatcher through 2015. He lives in Acworth with his wife and their two young children, and is presently a stay-at-home parent. You can find him online at christopher-martin.net.

Holiday Cookbook Fundraiser: Call for Recipes

New Voices is excited to announce that we will be organizing a holiday cookbook as one of our Fall semester fundraisers. This cookbook will contain recipes from faculty, staff, and students from our represented departments of English, Modern and Classical Languages, and Communication. To help build the contents of this holiday cookbook, we are announcing a call for recipes.

a PDF of the New Voices Holiday Cookbook call for recipes

Download the New Voices Holiday Cookbook: Call for Recipes flyer.

By  November 21st, please submit your recipe and contact information either via our online submission form or in hard copy at the English Department front desk. We are currently accepting all varieties of recipes as submission; so, please send in your favorites!

If you have any questions or if you would like to pre-order a copy of this holiday cookbook, please feel free to contact the New Voices Planning Committee and check back often for more updates on this project.

We look forward to receiving your recipe submissions and making this event a successful fundraiser!


2015 New Voices Conference Theme Announcement

New Voices would like to congratulate Andrea Rogers on the selection of her proposal for the 2015 New Voices Theme submission “The Rule of Threes: Death, Humor, and Repetition.” Please see below for a full description of the theme.

“The Rule of Threes: Death, Humor, and Repetition.”

“At the intersection of death and humor is a central rule: the rule of threes. This rule stipulates that if one person dies, two more will follow. Similarly, the rules of humor suggest that something must occur three times in order to be funny.  This theme seeks to investigate the multiple intersections of humor and death and their relationships to the humanities by asking where humor and death intersect and how the concept of repetition plays a part in these relationships.”

We would like to thank everyone for their submissions for this proposal as well as your participation in the voting for this year’s theme. We received some great submissions for this call and had a great response for the voting. Thank you all for helping to make this upcoming New Voices Conference a great one!

Please check back in the coming months for updates regarding mentoring sessions and calls for papers related to this great theme. Also, be sure to sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest from New Voices.

Kickball Fundraising Event Update

New Voices is excited to announce the details regarding their upcoming Kickball Tournament!

  • Who: members of the GSU community
  • When: Sat., May 3rd, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Panthersville Athletic Complex
  • How: Register with a department contact or during the week of April 21st. Registration is $5/player or $40/team (9-10 players).

We encourage you to make teams inside and outside of your departments of faculty, staff, and other GSU students for this event. We will also have snacks and drinks available for purchase during the games. This event is a fundraising event; therefore, all proceeds will go towards funding expenses related to our 2015 conference.

Individual & team registration will take place the week of April 21 on the 9th floor of Langdale Hall. We will also be happy to accept registrations in advance. For more information about individual department contacts and the event in general, please see the New Voices Kickball Fundraiser flyer.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please feel free to contact the New Voices Planning Committee.

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Call for Conference Theme Proposals

Every year, New Voices centers its conference theme on one or more of Fountainhead’s V-Series Readers*. This year, we would like to invite you to propose your ideas regarding our next conference theme!  

Help shape the 2015 New Voices conference by proposing and describing a conference theme involving death, humor, borders, any combination of two, or all three. This theme will determine our conference logo, fundraising events, mentoring sessions, and more, which makes it is a great chance to add a line to your CV and to receive recognition at the conference for your proposal.

Please submit the following information via the Call for Conference Proposals form. Your submission should include:

  • A 300 word proposal
  • A 2 sentence theme synopsis
  • Your contact information

Theme proposals are due April 21, 2014.Themes will be voted on via survey monkey by April 28, 2014, and the winner will be notified by email.

Please direct all questions regarding this call to the New Voices Planning Committee via e-mail at gsu.newvoices @ gmail.com.

To download the flyer for this call, please select the Call for Conference Theme Proposals (PDF).

V-Series Selected for Conference Themes

Borders, by Isabel Baca

Death, by Rachelle M. Smith

Humor, V-series forthcoming

Updates from the 03.28.2014 New Voices Planning Meeting

This last Friday at the latest New Voices planning meeting, the committee members and attendees discussed the status of some of the current projects in progress.

To begin, the minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved by the attendees and can now be found on our website for review at the following link: New Voices Planning Committee Minutes from 07 Mar. 2014. The minutes from this meeting will also be made available online once they have been approved at the next meeting.

Additionally, New Voices is excited to announce that we will be releasing a call for 2015 Conference Theme Description Proposals soon. Please check back often for more updates regarding this  call. We will also be posting more information about our Spring 2014 fundraising event within the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for the latest information.

Lastly, New Voices is happy to announce that our e-mail address has officially changed. Our new e-mail address is now gsu.newvoices@gmail.com. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with New Voices, please feel free to contact us. And, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive more communications from New Voices.

Spring 2014 Fundraising Meeting (Part 2)

New Voices is happy to announce that our Spring 2014 Fundraising event will be a kickball game! We are currently in the planning stages for this event and would like to hear from you in our preparations. To help gather your feedback, we have created a Google doc for comments, discussion, and suggestions regarding the planning of this event.

To gain access to this document, please follow the link for the Spring 2014 Kickball Planning document. Here, you will be prompted to request access to the document, which one of the New Voices staff will be happy to address. You can also request access by sending us an e-mail. Once you have been granted access, feel free to suggest ideas, add comments, or discuss details regarding the planning of this event. We will hold another formal discussion about this event and the contents within the document at the next meeting.

Please be sure to check back often for more updates regarding New Voices. We look forward to hearing from you!