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CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (4/26/13) –– Today at a ceremony attended by a large crowd of Hopkinsville area residents, HCC students, faculty, and staff, Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) celebrated the unveiling of its 47th annual Round Table Magazine. English Professor Brett Ralph dedicated this year’s edition to the late Frances G. Thomas and her HCC creative writing students. Frances started the magazine, which has become a long-standing college tradition.

The following contributors to the 2013 edition read from their work: Laura Galbreath, Lacy Patterson, Megan Lacy, Reese Dexter, Barry Williams, Jerry Foster, Trinity Powell, Michael McClure, Tori Bennett, Jack Fuston, Rose Nelson, and Heather L. Fryer.
 
The 2013 Round Table Literary Awards and Roger Selvidge Memorial Art Awards were judged by writer Lynnell Major Edwards, who read at HCC in February as part of the Hoptown Reading Series. “Those who would think that the only important voices come from the big cities would be well served to read the collection of poetry, prose and artwork in this most recent issue of The Round Table,” stated Edwards. “Here I found voices brave and strange, startling and revelatory; writing that woke me from the stupor my daily life can bring; images that made me look and see again. I was honored to share some of my work with the community this winter as part of the Hoptown Reading Series and now am honored to be trusted to read the imaginative work of this community. Many congratulations to all whose work saw publication in this issue and to the many more who scribble and etch, who call themselves artist, and who enrich us all with the striving.”
 
2013 winners:
 
The Roger Selvidge Memorial Art Awards recognize outstanding work by area visual artists. The honor is named after the late Roger Selvidge, an area artist, photographer, author, retired high school teacher, and all-around champion of the arts.
• The Roger Selvidge Memorial Art Award (High School Division): Leighonna Beckton for her piece “Jagged Edge”
• The Roger Selvidge Memorial Art Award (Open Division): Paula Gieseke for her drawing “Brenee”
• The Roger Selvidge Memorial Art Award (Black & White Photography Division): Hugh Duguid for his photograph “Sea Foam”
• The Roger Selvidge Memorial Art Award (Color Photography Division): Joshua Maxwell for his photograph “The Road to History”
 
The Harbinger Awards recognize outstanding work by area elementary and middle school students, in hopes that it represents a harbinger of creative endeavors to come:
• The Harbinger Award for Poetry (Middle School Division): Rose Nelson for her prose poem “Where I Should Be”
• The Harbinger Award for Prose (Honorable Mention, Elementary School Division): Mason Boyd for his piece “Family Chaos Two”
• The Harbinger Award for Prose (First Place, Elementary School Division): Jack Fuston for his story “Werewolf!”
• The Harbinger Award for Poetry (First Place, Elementary School Division): Tori Bennett for her poem “Brother and Builder”
 
The Edgar Cayce Awards recognize outstanding literary work by community members from the HCC service area:
• The Edgar Cayce Non-Fiction Award: Barry Williams for his essay “An Empty Shell”
• The Edgar Cayce Fiction Award: Dana Strange for her story “The Secret Lives of Spiders”
• The Edgar Cayce Award for Poetry (Honorable Mention): Malcolm Glass for his poem “For Elizabeth (1826-1863)”
• The Edgar Cayce Award for Poetry (Third Place): Candice Glydwell for her poem “Sirens”
• The Edgar Cayce Award for Poetry (Second Place): Amy Wright for her poem “The little little little little little little dream”
• The Edgar Cayce Award for Poetry (First Place): Amy Wright for her poem “Getting the Bird Out”
 
The Carl Suddeath Awards recognize outstanding work by Hopkinsville Community College faculty and staff members. They are named for retired HCC English professor and longtime Round Table countributor Carl Suddeath:
• The Carl Suddeath Fiction Award: Taylor Carlisle for his story “When Two Make One”
• The Carl Suddeath Poetry Award (Second Place): Brett Ralph for his poem “Saint Francis in Ecstasy”
• The Carl Suddeath Poetry Award (First Place): Bernd Sauermann for his poem “Heat”
 
The Frances G. Thomas Awards recognize outstanding poetry and prose by Hopkinsville Community College students. They are named for retired HCC English professor and Round Table founder Frances G. Thomas:
• The Frances G. Thomas Non-Fiction Award: Brandon Fuston for his essay “What is God to Me?”
• The Frances G. Thomas Poetry Award (Honorable Mention): Kaylee Quertermous for her poem “Bifurcated”
• The Frances G. Thomas Poetry Award (Third Place): Kaylee Quertermous for her poem “In Sense”
• The Frances G. Thomas Poetry Award (Second Place): Heather L. Fryer for her poem “Night Ride”
• The Frances G. Thomas Poetry Award (First Place): Heather L. Fryer for her poem “Sister”
 
For the 47th edition of the Round Table, the editorial staff received submissions from over 100 different area authors and visual artists consisting of nearly 300 pages of poetry and prose, as well as over 100 works of art.
 
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