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AMERICUS (April 18, 2014)—“Sirocco,” Georgia Southwestern State University’s Arts Magazine, is published in April of each year by students. A reading and reception celebrating the release of the 2014 edition, “Liberate the Muse,” was held April 16 in the Marshall Student Center Faculty Dining Room. 

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

The cover artwork, “Lightning,” is an oil painting by Sunni Zemblowski. Her piece was selected after winning the “Sirocco” Cover Prize sponsored by Americus-based business, Global Graphics. The magazine’s literary editors are Alison McCarter from Buena Vista, Ga., and Ellen Kay from Atlanta, Ga. Ashley Bratcher from Cordele, Ga., is the art editor. Lindley McGuire from Buena Vista, Ga.; Meagan Pierce from Doerun, Ga.; Faica Paul from Cambridge, Mass., and Hannah Ruiz from Palmetto, Ga., serve on the editorial staff.

Made possible through the generous support of GSW President Emeritus William Capitan, Ph.D., and the late Dolores Capitan, the Dolores Capitan Writing Award winners were named at the celebration, as well. Academic Division winners were Kassandra Tuten from Leesburg, Ga., who won first place, Andre Ivey from Thomasville, Ga., who won second place, and Diane Tebbel from Atlanta, Ga., who won third place. Lauren Collier won the Editor’s Choice Award sponsored by Little Brother’s Bistro; Amanda Harrah won the “Pat’s Place Poetry Prize” for best poetry submission; and Sunni Zemblowski won the cover art contest sponsored by Global Graphics.

Each year, the magazine is dedicated to someone who has supported the arts or the magazine in some significant way. Genie Bryan, Ph.D., department chair and associate professor of English and Modern Language is this year’s honoree. Bryan served as the faculty advisor from 2011 to 2013 and participates in the Sumter Players and the Southwest Civic Chorus.

“Dr. Bryan promotes intelligent thought and creativity,” states the “Dedication” section of the “Sirocco.” “She encourages her students to challenge conventional interpretations and create their own meanings.”

The “Sirocco” is made possible by funding from the GSW Student Government Association, individual/local business donations and grant money from the Americus-Sumter Co. Arts Council.

To get your free copy of “Sirocco,” call the Department of English and Modern Languages at (229) 931-2183 or email

CAPTION--Sirocco literary editors Ellen Kay (right) and Alison McCarter present a cover to this year's honoree, Dr. Genie Bryan.

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