Seaswells Gallery & Reading (formerly known as First Copy): Our annual journal release and celebration!

4/20/18 2 PM-4 PM in the Campus Center Lobby and Stembler Theatre

Join us to celebrate our students’ writing, photography, and art! Student art and photography will be on display, and we will hear readings of student poetry and prose. We will also announce the winners of our contests in poetry, prose, photography, and art, and we’ll be joined by our esteemed judges (see below; our prose judge in CA is unable to attend), who will share their work. Free magnets with our cover art and contributors' names and other SWAG while supplies last. Finally, you won’t want to miss fancy snacks and fruit-infused water!

Meet the Seaswells 2018 Judges:

Barr Poetry Contest Judge

Theresa Davis, an author and performance poet, is the mother of three brilliant huemyns Imani, Tia and Zion, who are a constant source of inspiration and pride. An educator for over 20 years, Davis now teaches poetry workshops for teens and adults. A veteran slam poet, she held the title of Women of the World Slam Champion in 2011. Drowned: A Mermaid’s Manifesto, her second book of poetry with Sibling Rivalry Press, was voted as one of 2017 Books All Georgians Should Read. In 2016 Creative Loafing voted her Best Local Poet and Best Spoken Word Artist. She is the host of the awardwinning open mic Java Monkey Speaks and Art Amok Slam. Theresa also produces Poems and Pasties and MadMen & Poets, variety shows focused on collaborating with the thriving Atlanta performance art community. Theresa’s one-woman show “Then They’ll Tell You it’s all in Your Head” made its debut as a part of 7 Stages Home Brew series in fall of 2017. May 22nd is Theresa Davis Day, do something sweet for yourself. Her website is

Photography Contest Judge

Sara Hanna is an Atlanta-based commercial and editorial photographer with a talent for bringing portraits, products (especially food) and interiors to life. Hanna’s knack for learning what makes people tick in conjunction with her extensive marketing background means she is the ideal pair of eyes behind the lens, making locals (such as renowned Chef’s Hugh Acheson and Kevin Rathbun) and celebrities (Ludacris, Zendaya and designer Zac Posen) alike shine in photos. She loves working closely with clients to understand the emotions the photos need to evoke and she feels proud to count the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, The Food Network, and the InterContinental Hotel among her clients. Her images have appeared in People, O, The Oprah Magazine, The LA Times, The New York Post, Food & Wine, The Local Palate, The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, Simply Buckhead… the list goes on!

Art Contest Judge

Michele Nicole Johnson is a resident artist and writer at Brunswick Stewdio, a creative co-op in Historic Downtown Brunswick, Ga. Her mixed-media art features layers of cut paper and fabric, as well as shells, sand dollars, pressed leaves and flowers, and other found objects. Michele is a librarian, and she also has an interest in genealogy. Her family history and life on the Georgia coast inspire her work. She is the author of Sapelo Island’s Hog Hammock (Arcadia, 2009).

Austin/Garner Prose Contest Judge

Christopher Alexander Hayter received a PhD in Creative Writing from Georgia State University and a MFA from at San Francisco State University. His writing has been published in Print Oriented Bastards, Cutthroat, PANK, Pif Magazine, Talking River, Jelly Bucket, The Binnacle, Underground Voices, and other journals. He is currently editing his first novel and drafting his second. He teaches English at California Polytechnic State University.

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