2018 New GA Arts Literary Achievement Award Residency

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The New Georgia Arts Collaborative—a coalition of writers, educators, and patrons sponsoring cultural events and community outreach in greater Atlanta—has named Charles Bardes winner of the 2018 New Georgia Arts Literary Achievement Award. The prize honors a writer who exhibits exceptional talent on the printed page, as well as meaningful social commitments on the public stage. Bardes is a practicing physician whose most recent book, Diary of Our Fatal Illness, is an extended prose poem that explores health care and sickness, familial love and loss. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, including AGNI, Ploughshares, and Raritan. As recipient of the award, Bardes will visit the West Georgia area from February 16 to March 2, 2018. He will give free readings in Newnan, Carrollton, Serenbe, and Atlanta, and speak about the vital social role of poets and writers. In addition, he will serve as a resident artist at the Newnan Art Rez and AIR Serenbe, and receive a $10,000 honorarium, funded and administered by the New Georgia Arts Collaborative, in conjunction with the School of the Arts at the University of West Georgia, the Blackwell Trust, the Warren and Ava Sewell Foundation, and AIR Serenbe.