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Covington woman wins poetry award
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A Covington woman won an award for her poetry entry in the 2014 edition of “Sirocco,” Georgia Southwestern State University’s Arts Magazine.

Amanda Harrah won the “Pat’s Place Poetry Prize” for best poetry submission, which is sponsored by the restaurant/pub located in Americus, Georgia. A reading and reception celebrating the magazine’s release called “Liberate the Muse” was held April 16 in the Marshall Student Center Faculty Dining Room.

Harrah’s poem was chosen out of 13 entries published in the magazine and won the author a $50 prize. Alison McCarter, “Sirocco” literary editor, said Harrah is a student, but The News was unable to reach Harrah to confirm that status.

The magazine is published in April of each year by a student editorial staff and features work from students, faculty, staff and alumni. This year’s edition covered literary, visual and theater arts.

Each year, the magazine is dedicated to someone who has supported the arts or the magazine in some significant way, according to the GSW website. The 2014 edition was dedicated to Genie Bryan, department chair and associate professor of English and Modern Language. Bryan was the faculty advisor from 2011-2013 and participates in the Sumter Players and the Southwest Civic Chorus.