HLA's award-winning poet Harry Moore gave the keynote address at the 2015 Young Writers Contest Awards Ceremony. Several people have asked that we publish Harry's remarks, and these can be found by clicking on the above link.

The Young Writers Contest calendar for 2016 is now available. Click on the above link for more information.

Sunday Salons

Sunday Salon Speakers for 2014-15

HLA members and guests gather to enjoy readings and discussions by selected authors and poets.

The meetings will be held on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at various locations as shown for each salon below.

For more information about any of these programs, call 256-971-1929.

Hertha Heller Forum

Jan 25, 2015 2:00 pm

Hertha Heller Forum featuring the 23rd Poets’ Choice by members of the HLA Poetry Writing Workshop.

Co-sponsored by HLA and Friends of the Library Board. 

Jane Grote Roberts Auditorium
Huntsville/Madison County Library.

Refreshments will be served.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Open to public.

Information: 256-533-4213 or 256-489-6095


Marian Moore Lewis and James Miller Robinson

Mar 22, 2015 3:00 pm

Marian Moore Lewis is a naturalist, photographer and writer. A lifelong nature advocate, she was instrumental in establishing the Armand Bayou Nature Center near Houston, Texas before moving to Huntsville. She has received awards for fiction, non-fiction and children’s writing, and published over 100 research papers in scientific journals. Now retired from a career as a space biology research scientist, and with camera in hand, Marian applies a scientific approach to her life-long interests in nature photography and writing. Her photographs have been included with the Sanctuary Artists Group in The Art of Nature exhibits across North Alabama and have appeared in juried group exhibitions at the Huntsville Museum as well as in Life on the Water magazine and on the cover of the online journal Alalitcom (www.alalit.com). Marian’s new book Southern Sanctuary: A Naturalist’s Walk through the Seasons (published by the University of Alabama Press), documents with descriptive writing and photographs, the flora and fauna of the Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary.

Until this past May, James Miller Robinson taught Spanish at Huntsville High School and, for twenty-five of those years, also at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama- -Tuscaloosa where he studied poetry writing with Tom Rabbitt and Everette Maddox. He did further graduate studies in Latin American Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and in Secondary Education at Alabama A&M University. His poems or short prose pieces have appeared in Rattle, Rio Grande Review, Xavier Review, The Pinch, Southern Humanities Review, George Washington Review, Mochila Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Texas Review, The Evening Street Review, as well as in several issues of POEM (when Dr. Robert Welker was editor), and in the anthologies, Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry (Negative Capability Press), Maple Leaf Rag IV and V (Portals Press), and Francis and Claire in Poetry (Saint Anthony Press). This past fall, Bonnie Roberts’ Mule on a Ferris Wheel Press released his chapbook, The Caterpillars at Saint Bernard, which includes mostly poems that have passed through the grinding mill of the HLA monthly poetry workshop where Jimmy has participated since the late ‘80’s

Members and guests only.

The Salon will be at the home of

Debbie and Larry West
147 Darlington Road
Huntsville AL 35801

For information: 256-971-1929

Frye Gaillard

Apr 12, 2015 3:00 pm

Frye Gaillard writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and author of over twenty books on a wide variety of subjects.

His most recent books are The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir and Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters.

A reviewer wrote of The Books That Mattered, “In a series of carefully crafted, often deeply personal essays, Gaillard blends memoir, history and critical analysis to explore the works of Harper Lee, Anne Frank, James Baldwin, Robert Penn Warren, John Steinbeck, and many others. As this heartfelt reminiscence makes clear, the books that chose Frye Gaillard shaped him like an extended family.

Journey to the Wilderness is composed of letters written during the Civil War by members of Gaillard’s family, including his great-great grandfather and his two sons both of whom were Confederate officers, and Gaillard’s reflections and commentaries on the letters and family and Southern history.

Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music was published long ago and was reissued in 2004 with additional material. One of the themes of the book is the growing divide between country and folk music.

The Salon will be at the home of
Judy, Jim, and Carey Link
2414 Preston Ridge Drive
Huntsville AL 35801

For information: 256-971-1929

Members & guests only.

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