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Rick Bragg Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Shares Insight

Monday, August 12th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

What an honor to meet Rick Bragg! He shared some insightful advice, encouragement and support for the new medical edition Steel Standing: Surviving Metal Allergies, available now on Amazon. 

Rick Bragg and Chris at JSURick is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and JSU Alumnae. He was the JSU Summer Graduation commencement speaker on August 2, 2013. While Rick was in the area, I was honored to meet with him at the President’s Reception. He was extremely supportive and encouraging, sharing tremendous insight into the writing industry.

He is a 1992 Harvard University Nieman Fellow, former New York Times correspondent, Bragg has authored five books: All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, The Prince of Frogtown, I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, and The Most They Ever Had.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, Rick has received more than 50 writing awards in twenty years, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the 2009 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, the 2011 James Beard Journalism Award for Food, Culture, and Travel and the 2013 Alabama Artist of the Year.

He currently teaches advanced magazine writing and narrative non-fiction in the journalism department at the University of Alabama.

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 Honored to meet 2002 Pulitzer Prize Author, Diane McWhorter

Friday, March 15th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

2002 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Diane McWhorter visited my alma mater, Jacksonville State University on March 14, 2013, to deliver the annual Ayers Lecture hosted by the JSU Department of Communication.

Diane McWhorter is the author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama-The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, which was published by Simon & Schuster in March 2001. It won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, the Clarence Cason Award, the Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute, and the English-Speaking Union Ambassador Award.

It was named by Time as one of the 10 Best Books of 2001 and was a Washington Monthly Political Book of the Year. In addition to being a New York Times Notable Book for 2001, it was on the “best books of the year” lists of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Publishers’ Weekly, Library Journal, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and others. In 2011, Time named Carry Me Home to its list of the 100 best nonfiction books published since the magazine’s founding, in 1923. Carry Me Home is being re-issued, with a new Afterword, in 2013.

It was a fascinating lecture and a privilege to speak with her personally afterwards. Her research brings a horrific issue to light, which is fascinated depicted as shared through her eyes having witnessed the civil rights actions in 1963 as a young girl. Later she would learn the bigger picture which was felt throughout the world from “Bombingham” Alabama, as she described in the lecture. Knowing her generation witnessed the atrocities, with positive and negative results and actions or lack of actions, moved her to share an insider’s perspective. Exceptional!

Diane currently resides in New York City with her family.

Christa Davis, JSU Alumane, with Diane McWhorter at Jacksonville State University, Alabama

Christa Davis, JSU Alumane, with Diane McWhorter at Jacksonville State University, Alabama

Christa Davis, JSU Alumna and author of Steel Standing, with Dr. Bill Meehan, President of Jacksonville State University, Alabama and was Christa's college advisor many years ago.

Christa Davis, JSU Alumnae and author of Steel Standing, with Dr. Bill Meehan, Jacksonville State University President and Christa’s college advisor years ago.

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