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'Arts & Letters' goes PRIME time

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March 20, 2012

Watch, listen and flip along as Georgia College poet-in-residence and award-winning writer Alice Friman reads and discusses poetry using digital dialog.

Collaborating with some of the nation’s best authors and artists, Friman is bringing literature to life.

Georgia College’s Creative Writing Program now Download PRIME for free through summer 2012 by visiting PRIME for free through summer 2012 by visiting to the local community through a new mode of media — digital journal Arts & Letters PRIME.

PRIME allows us to showcase works by outstanding, nationally distinguished artists and writers,” said Dr. Martin Lammon, Georgia College creative writing program coordinator and Fuller E. Callaway endowed Flannery O’Connor chair. “We love for folks to attend our live readings on campus, but if that’s not possible, PRIME brings readings to their living rooms.”

Accessible through Apple’s iBooks app, PRIME expands on the Georgia College award-winning printed journal, Arts & Letters, by offering print, graphic, audio and video features.

PRIME is a document file, called an ePub. Downloadable for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, PRIME permits users to turn pages of content like flipping through a favorite book.

“I believe we will always have good old-fashioned print books,” Lammon said, “but we’re also going to read more books electronically.”

One of the most interactive features on PRIME is the video series, “Ask Alice.” The program stars Friman discussing her poems and poetry. A new edition of PRIME debuts each semester so readers can listen to Friman and other authors read aloud as they read along.

Master of Fine Arts graduate student Emily Chamison became instrumental in the development and management of PRIME. Joined this year by first-year MFA student Ben Mitchell, the students have collaborated with Georgia College’s Digital Innovation Group to learn about the role of ePubs and digital books in new media.

Users will have access to an updated version of the ePub, PRIME 1.2, by late March. This version will include the first PRIME poetry prize winner’s work, introduced and discussed by Friman in a special edition video.

Also anticipate a video showcasing the spring 2012 production of the Arts & Letters prize one-act play, “Angels in the Froth,” featuring Georgia College’s talented theatre students.

“I hope we never have to replace the print editions of Arts & Letters completely,” said Lammon. “However, PRIME does allow more flexibility in publishing new material. Right now everything is so new. It feels like the future is already here.”

Download PRIME for free through summer 2012 by visiting

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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