Student and Graduate Faculty of the Master of Arts in Professional Writing are moving forward



 Karen Pickell

MAPW alumna launches press

Karen Pickell, 2013 graduate of the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program, has launched Raised Voice Press, a small press which will publish creative nonfiction. This press’ goal is to generate conversation by offering unique perspectives.

Raised Voice Press is seeking creative nonfiction manuscripts between 100 – 250 pages and welcomes work that might be described as literary nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, imaginative nonfiction, literary journalism, lyric essay, personal essay, personal narrative or literary memoir.

“We appreciate authors who illuminate unconventional and unnoticed aspects of existence. We want the unusual and the overlooked, the complex and the hybrid. Our mission is to connect innovative nonfiction authors with eager, receptive readers. We want to help you be heard.”

The press pays a $200 advance plus 10 print copies of the book, as well as royalties. It will partner with authors on developing a custom marketing plan. For details on how to submit to Raised Voice Press, please see the full guidelines at

 Ed Gadrix

MAPW student to perform in Off-Broadway production

Ed Gadrix, student in the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program, will perform in “In Three Days,” a play preparing for a run Off-Broadway at The Black Spectrum Theater in Queens. The play will run from April 6 – 8, 2018.

Written by Atlanta’s Ted Johnson, “In Three Days” tells the story of a man who only has three days to live. This play examines the fictional friendship between two men as they embark on a journey of life, death and forgiveness.

“In Three Days” has been performed over the past two years around Atlanta, Theater on the Square in Marietta and 7 Stages Theater in Little Five Points.

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 Bobbi Kornbilt

MAPW alumna publishes second novel

Master of Arts in Professional Writing graduate Bobbi Kornblit recently published her second novel, “Red Carpet Rivals,” in December through This work of fiction features the controversial topic of sexual misconduct in the workplace and is available in print and e-book.

The action in the story swirls around the glamour and chaos of the most celebrated movie awards ceremony. An estranged superstar couple, a top movie publicist and a female marketing executive jockey for position on Hollywood’s rocky road to success. Secrets unfold about their intriguing relationships, sexual harassment and blind ambition. A funny, savvy and sexy novel, “Red Carpet Rivals” gives the inside scoop about Hollywood awards and movie marketing from the 1980s to the present.

According to journalist and author Mickey Goodman, “‘Red Carpet Rivals’ is to the movies what ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is to fashion.”

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 Laurence Stacy


Stacey presents at Reinhardt University

Laurence Stacey, Master of Arts in Professional Writing alumnus, presented “Panels for Peace: Racial Discourse in Comics and Graphic Novels” at Reinhardt University’s Community Gathering February series.

His presentation examined the images within graphic novels and comics, focusing on how race and social identity are depicted throughout the narratives and the influence those depictions have on promoting equality.

See here for more details.

 Tony Grooms

Dr. Tony Grooms publishes his second novel

Dr. Tony Grooms, director of the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program, published his second novel, “The Vain Conversation,” March 1, 2018. This historical novel is set in post-WWII Georgia and examines the meaning of redemption in the face of racial violence. Read the article here.

Recent and upcoming presentations:

Grooms presented “Morality and Fiction” at the March Forth/March Fourth Day of Learning on Mar. 4.

Grooms will present “Real Lives Matter: Writing Race, Class, and Gender in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry” at the Association of Writers and Programs Conference on Mar. 10.

In addition, Grooms will present “Bombingham, The Vain Conversation and the Audacity to Hope” at the International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Mar. 23. This presentation will discuss the importance of the theme of hope as show in Grooms’ “Bombingham” and “The Vain Conversation.”