Columbus State University's Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians has an official website at

where you'll find the mission statement, fellowship application materials, detailed information about McCullers' life and work, and information about how you can donate to the McCullers Center. This blog, though, is intended to give you a more casual report of day-to-day goings-on at CSU's Carson McCullers Center.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

McCullers Center Welcomes Courtney George!

Columbus State University has announced the selection of Dr. Courtney George as Interim Director of the Carson McCullers Center, to replace Cathy Fussell, who is retiring. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Dr. George completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and her doctoral studies at Louisiana State University where her areas of focus included Southern literature and culture, women's and gender studies, American music history and culture, and race and class in American culture. Dr. George has published a number of articles on these subjects.

You can read more about Dr. George on the McCullers Center website.

In the meantime -- Welcome, Courtney!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

News from a Fellow

Selena Anderson, the McCullers Center's 2009 Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellow, has a story in the very latest issue of Glimmer Train literary magazine. Order your copy here.

Photos from McCullers Course End-of-Semester Covered Dish

I always declare the last day of class in the McCullers course "McCullers Covered Dish Day," and I instruct students to bring dishes referenced in McCullers. I pitch in, too, of course. This year we produced a particularly delectable feast, complete with hoppin' john, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, homemade biscuits, and much more -- even a cake which did not fail. Here are some photos:

I even made a very funny-lookin' Baked Alaska:

Photos from ARDEN Release Party, April 29, 2011

McCullers in Chicago --

Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre has announced that they will stage not one but two McCullers-inspired plays next season. Read all about it here.

Monday, May 2, 2011