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Former UGA cheerleader named nation's poet laureate


Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia is celebrating the recent appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the U.S. poet laureate for 2012-2013. Trethewey earned an undergraduate degree in English from UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in 1989, before pursuing a master’s degree in poetry from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Along with her UGA alumna status, Trethewey has several other UGA connections.

The UGA Press published her 2010 memoir “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” a personal profile of the devastation of hurricane Katrina in her home region.  The book, recently published in paperback, also is available as an ebook from the UGA Press.Trethewey credits Robert Penn Warren, another UGA Press author, among the inspirations for her work both in poetry and prose.

Warren’s “Segregation: The Inner Conflict of the South,” which the UGA Press reissued in 1994, served as a model for “Beyond Katrina.” Coincidentally, Warren was the last U.S. poet laureate to hail from the South.In addition to publishing with the UGA Press, Trethewey is a contributor to The Georgia Review, UGA’s internationally recognized quarterly journal of arts and letters.

Tax-exempt status revoked for some Pickens non-profits


    There are over 11,000 Georgia non-profits that have lost their tax-exempt status since March 2010, and a handful were from Pickens.

    But because those revocations were automated, with no notification sent to the organization, it is likely the non-profits on the chopping block didn’t even know they lost their status. Many of those organizations are small with all-volunteer staffs, and, according to the IRS, most non-profits bumped off the charity rolls are believed to be either dissolved or defunct.

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