AMERICUS (April 27, 2012)--A reading and reception celebrating the release of the 2012 edition of "Sirocco" was held this month in the James Earl Carter Library.

2012 edition of 'Sirocco' released
GSW arts magazine dedicated to retired professor Shirley Litwhiler

AMERICUS (April 27, 2012)—“Sirocco,” Georgia Southwestern State University’s “literary and visual art magazine,” is published in April of each year by students. A reading and reception celebrating the release of the 2012 edition, “Open the Doors of Perception,” was held April 9 in the James Earl Carter Library.

The magazine features work from students, faculty, staff and alumni and is chosen by a student editorial staff. This year’s magazine covered literature, visual and theater arts.

The cover artwork, “Portal,” was by Sunni Zemblowski, a senior art major from Americus. Her piece was selected after winning the “Sirocco” Cover Prize sponsored by Americus-based business, Global Graphics. The magazine literary editor was Elizabeth McDermott, a senior from Conyers. Zemblowski served as the art editor.

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 Breanna Klewitz, a senior from Leesburg, who won first place for “Let’s Talk About Sex: Instincts, Impulses, and D.H. Lawrence;” McDermott won second place for “Mothers and Monsters: Revisions in the 1831 Edition of ‘Frankenstein;’” and Jasmine Sims from Camilla won third place for “Communicative Abilities of Animals: A Language Study of Apes, Birds, and Dogs.” Ellen Cotter, Ph.D., professor of psychology, won the Editor’s Choice Award for “The Corpse Actor;” Ryan Roney of Lawrenceville won second place in the Creative Division for “Galoshes;” and Lane Marchant of Americus won the Pat’s Place Poetry Prize for “Untitled.”

Each year the magazine is dedicated to someone who has supported the arts or the magazine in some significant way. Shirley F. Litwhiler, Ph.D., professor emerita of English, was this year’s honoree. Litwhiler served on the GSW faculty from 1968 until 1999.

“Among her many roles and contributions to the arts at GSW, Dr. Litwhiler served as faculty advisor for ‘Sirocco’ for two years,” the 2012 “Sirocco” reads under the section marked “Dedication.” “Her inspiration began in her classes and extended to the literary magazine as well as to a host of other creative outlets such that the effects are incalculable.”

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.



Caption—“Sirocco” faculty advisor Eugenia Bryan, associate professor of English, presents Shirley Litwhiler (right), professor emerita of English, with a framed version of the 2012 edition of “Sirocco.” This edition was dedicated to Litwhiler.

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