RIP Zell Miller

  Former Georgia Governor Zell Miller passed away last Friday at the age of 86. Miller was elected Georgia’s seventy-ninth governor in 1990 and served as lieutenant governor before that for sixteen years—the longest anyone has held that post in Georgia. It’s probably fair to say that no other occupant of the governor’s mansion had as much appreciation…

Judith Ortiz Cofer: A Celebration of Life

Please join the University of Georgia community as we honor the life of Judith Ortiz Cofer, extraordinary writer, poet, teacher, colleague, and friend. Friday, January 27 3:00 p.m. The Chapel, University of Georgia Athens A reception will follow at the Demosthenian Hall. For more information, contact Lisa Bayer, University of Georgia Press, 217-369-3166 or lbayer…

Remembering Judith Ortiz Cofer

We were saddened to learn that Judith Ortiz Cofer, author, educator, member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, and friend of the Press, passed away on December 30th. Over the years we published many books by Cofer and cherished the partnership and friendship. Below UGA Press Director Lisa Bayer offers a remembrance. I was heartbroken to…

Remembering Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

The University of Georgia Press was saddened to learn of the passing of author, poet, culinary anthropologist, NPR host and commentator, writer, and actress Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor on Saturday, September 3 at the age of 79. Below, assistant director for editorial, design, and production, Jon Davies remembers Grosvenor. By Jon Davies One of the strange parts…

Remembering Michael McCurdy

The University of Georgia Press was saddened to learn that illustrator, author, and publisher Michael McCurdy died on May 28. McCurdy’s wood engravings and scratchboard illustrations appeared on several Press books. His masterful cover and interior illustrations for A Childhood, by Harry Crews, poignantly portrayed Crews’s hardscrabble first six years in rural Georgia and Florida.…

FDR’s Last Trip to Warm Springs

by Kaye Lanning Minchew On March 30, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt returned for the 41st time to his Little White House in Warm Springs. He came with friends, family and his dog Fala. He was exhausted when he arrived but staff thought Warm Springs would work its magic and revive the President. Over the…