Poetry in the Air!

The University Press of North Georgia held a poetry reading on April 13th to celebrate national poetry month. We would like to thank everyone who participated and attended the reading. Three poets presented very beautiful and very different types of poetry that the audience enjoyed very much. Local poet, Ben Sierachik wowed the audience with his poems that were both humorous and touching.

We are hoping to host several of these types of poetry reading a year, so keep coming back for more information about future readings and events!

Poetry Reading, April 13th

On April 13, the University Press of North Georgia is hosting a poetry reading for the North Georgia community. Co-sponsored by the NGCSU Library & Technology Center, the reading is scheduled to take place in the Special Collections Room (third floor) of the university’s library from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Local writers are encouraged to participate, and the event is open to the public. All participants will be given 10 to 15 minutes for their presentation, which could include the recitation of up to three poems.

Anyone interested in presenting should contact April Loebick at upng@northgeorgia.edu before April 11.

Self-Publishing Seminar

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
6:30 p.m.
Special Collections Room
NGCSU’s Library Technology Center
Dahlonega, Georgia

If you’ve ever considered self-publishing or would simply like to know more about the self-publishing business, come see Apex Book Manufacturing and BookLogix Publishing Services CEO Ahmad Meradji on Tuesday, March 8 for a self-publishing tutorial.

Hosted by the University Press of North Georgia and Co-Sponsored by the North Georgia College and State University Library Technology Center, the seminar will take place in the Special Collections Room of North NGCSU’s Library Technology Center at 6:30 p.m.

Door Prizes will be given out, as well as one big prize given out to the winner of a contest to be held at the end of the seminar.

Meradji has made a number of appearances to speak about self-publishing, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival. He has been working in digital printing since his time at Xerox, where he helped introduce digital book publishing.

Based out of Alpharetta, Georgia, BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc. has been assisting its clients with self-publishing and print-on-demand services for more than twenty-five years and provides a wide variety of options for those interested in self-publishing, including editorial services and book design. Because of its customer support and low pricing, BookLogix is a competitive figure in the self-publishing industry.

BookLogix offers titles in a number of genres, ranging from romance fiction to political nonfiction.

This event is free and open to the public.  There will be a small reception with refreshments in the Library Lobby following the seminar.

For more information, contact April Loebick at the University Press of North Georgia, upng@northgeorgia.edu .

Covers Needed!

Yes, it’s officially fall and temperatures are dropping slowly, but we’re not looking for that kind of cover.

The Stonepile Writers’ Anthology needs a cover, so we’re having a contest.

The prize is (drumroll) YOU will become the designer of a book cover!

Oh yeah, there’s the $100, too.

Fame and fortune can be yours, and we’d like to help.  We ask that you read the stipulations below and then submit your entry.

We know you’re talented and creative.  Here’s your chance to prove it!

Good luck.

Contest is open to ALL NGCSU students, staff, and faculty.

Submissions will be reviewed by the University Press of North Georgia Faculty Board.

The winning submission will be used as the permanent cover for the anthology, with the artist credited on the Acknowledgements page (and included in all advertising for the book).


Submissions need to stay true to the Stonepile Writers Association mission which is best described by the inception of the group’s name:

When helping decide on the group’s name, Dr. Alice Sampson, Director of the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, wrote: “For several months while in graduate school, I passed Princess Trahlyta’s grave at Stonepile Gap, making my way up the mountain to Woody Gap School…It is also called Stonepile Gap.

“Here one pays respect to her by adding a rock to the Princess’s grave. I see our group as building a place that may be temporary as a pile of rocks, but it is of solid material and composed of individual contributions, plus the name is ‘place-based’.”

According to roadsidegeorgia.com, Stonepile Gap is the burial site of a Cherokee Indian princess. It has become a custom for a passersby to drop a stone on the grave for good luck.

The submitted art-work should be some form of visualization of this concept (an example of such visualization is available at http://stonepilewriters.edublogs.org/).


Art-work can be in any two-dimensional medium in .tiff (preferred) or jpeg with a minimum of 600 dpi, so that the image can be either reduced or blown up to fit a 6X9 cover with clear resolution

Submission Requirements

Please email all submissions as an attached file to upng@northgeorgia.edu. The subject line must read: COVER ART/Stonepile Writers. Please include in the email your contact information.

Contest Deadline

Nov. 15, 2010

The Artist As Activist in Appalachia

Book Readings today at the North Georgia College & State University Library and Technology Center from 1-2 pm. Meet the editors whose idea will bring out the activist in you! Purchase your own copy to read and inspire you.

Find out the story behind Elaine Purkey "One Day More" in The Artist as Activist in Appalachia