Annotations logoAnnotations is a new podcast from the University of Georgia Press. Featuring author interviews, audio of events, student podcasts, and more, Annotations serves as a jumping-off point for readers to immerse themselves in our books, connect to the people and the work we do at the Press, and bridge the gap between the academy and the rest of the reading world.


Episode 6: Michael Martone at the Decatur Book Festival

Martone_Brooding.jpgThe latest in our episodes featuring events from the Decatur Book Festival, today we’re airing Michael Martone and Beth Ann Fennelly’s panel on the essay. Martone is the author of Brooding: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges, and a Duet, a collection of twenty-five personal essays that speak from different platforms. Martone covers a range of topics in the book: everyday objects such as keys and hats, plus concepts of time and place; the memoir; writing; the essay itself; and his friendship with the writers David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, and Kurt Vonnegut.

Fennelly’s latest book is Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs

During the discussion, Martone reads an excerpt from his book, a rough draft of a piece that was revised and published on Nerve.com. If you’d like to read the revised copy of “Thermostat,” you can see it here.

Athenians can catch Martone at Avid Bookshop on October 26th, 2018 at 6:00pm for a reading and signing. Sabrina Orah Mark, author of the just-released collection Wild Milk, will introduce. Details on Avid’s website here or our Facebook page here.

Episode 5: Robert Cohen at the Decatur Book Festival

Cohen_Howard Zinn's Southern DiaryWe are back with a new episode of Annotations!

Earlier this month at the Decatur Book Festival, Robert Cohen, author of Howard Zinn’s Southern Diary: Sit-Ins, Civil Rights, and Black Women’s Student Activism, sat down with Susan Youngblood Ashmore, author of Carry It On: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, 1964-1972They discussed Zinn’s time as a professor of history at Spelman College from 1956 to 1963, his approach to teaching, and his support for his students as they fought together for equal rights—both on campus and off.

Mentioned in the podcast is the historical document, “An Appeal for Human Rights,” which was written by six college students—Willie Mays, James Feler, Marion D. Bennett, Don Clarke, Mary Ann Smith, and Roslyn Pope—in 1950. You can read it here.

Quick note about the sound quality: this recording was made in a large, cavernous room with lots of hard surfaces and not in a studio environment. Still, it’s a good discussion and well worth the listen.

Enjoy, and you can look forward to hearing more discussions from the DBF in the coming weeks.

Episode 4: Thieves I’ve Known and Tom Kealey

On today’s installment of Annotations, Dr. Barbara McCaskill’s English 4810 class discusses the 2013 winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, Thieves I’ve Known, and interviews author Tom Kealey.

kealey_theivesknownIn these wondrously strange and revealing stories, Kealey chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the young and marginalized as they discover many ways of growing up.

Their names are Merrill, Omar, Shelby, Laika, Winston, and Toomey, but most people don’t see them. They are boxers in training and the children of fishermen. They are altar boys in a poverty-stricken parish. They are assistant groundskeepers and assistant camel-keepers. They travel with the circus, care for disabled siblings, steal police cars, and retrieve the stolen boots of a priest. Ranging in abode from Puget Sound, Washington, to Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, they are abandoned yet courageous and plucky children and teenagers living on the edges of society.

Thieves I’ve Known is a collection of powerful, moving stories about the lives of a redemptive and peculiar cast of young characters who become easy to know and difficult to forget.

This podcast was produced by Kate Rascoe, Krysten Hardee, Laura Essex, Madison Greer, and Caitlin Sims.

Enjoy and make sure you stay tuned for our next installment.

Episode 3: Inspired Georgia

On today’s installment of Annotations, we have another group of Dr. Barbra McCaskill’s English 4810 class discussing Inspired Georgia, edited by Judson Mitcham, Michael David Murphy, and Karen L. Paty.


Inspired Georgia is a collection of Georgia’s contemporary poets and photographers that engages the history and culture of the state. While complementary, the poems and photographs in Inspired Georgia are not in dialogue with each other—they echo, resonate, and reflect the places they inhabit. They pay homage to the ecology, terrain, and culture of Georgia, which in turn draws in, nurtures, and fuels the intellect of its many and varied artists.

This podcast was produced by Hayden Benson, Robert Harris, Miranda Cly, and Rachel Nipp.

A traveling exhibition of Inspired Georgia created by the book’s editors and the Georgia Council for the Arts opened at Georgia Southern University at the beginning of January and will run through Feb. 1. The exhibition will then travel to the Albany Museum of Art and be available to view from Feb. 5 to April 10.

Today’s episode opens with a reading by Opal Moore from her poem, “Hit the Road Jack,” which is featured in Inspired Georgia. Enjoy and make sure you stay tuned for our next installment of Annotations.

Episode 2: Barbara McCaskill and Practical Strangers

Sometimes it takes a few tries to do something worthwhile. So it is with our podcast. Annotations is back with a two-part episode.

mccaskill.barbaraIn part I we interview University of Georgia professor Dr. Barbara McCaskill about the ENGL 4810 class she taught last spring. For this class McCaskill’s students created blogs, wrote articles for the New Georgia Encyclopedia, and produced podcasts based on UGA Press books. McCaskill is a professor of English here at the University of Georgia and she is the codirector of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative. We published her book Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory in 2015.

BerryElder_PracticalStrangers_jacketIn our interview we discuss the current state of humanities education and why a humanities background is so important, even for non majors. We also talk at length about the ENGL 4810 class, the projects she assigned, as well as the UGA Press books the groups chose as subjects of their podcasts.

In part II we begin posting the podcasts created by ENGL 4810. First up is a podcast produced by Allison Green, Michelle Rodgers, Margaret Holt, and Katherine Lech featuring Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln edited by Stephen Berry and Angela Esco Elder.

READ: See this article on Steve Penley in the New Georgia Encyclopedia by one of McCaskill’s ENGL 4810 groups.

Part I: Dr. Barbara McCaskill

Part II: Practical Strangers

Episode 1: Party Out of Bounds with Georgia Reads in Athens, GA

brown_partyoutofboundsIn episode 1 of Annotations we air a recording of the Athens launch of Georgia Reads at Avid Bookshop on March 18. Georgia Reads is a new virtual book club launched in partnership between Georgia Public Broadcasting, the University of Georgia Press, and Georgia Humanities.

Party Out of Bounds: The B-52’s, R.E.M., and the Kids Who Rocked Athens, Georgia by Rodger Lyle Brown—recently reissued by UGA Press—is the first book selected for Georgia Reads. David Barbe, local producer and director of UGA’s music business certificate program at Terry College, served as moderator of the event. Panelists included Brown, Vanessa Briscoe Hay of Pylon, and Dana Downs from the Tone Tones and Go Van Gogh.

(Edited and mixed by Andrew Isolda. Theme music by Butchy Fuego.)