The Kennesaw State University Press, established in 2004, supported Kennesaw State University’s position as a premier learning-centered comprehensive university. The Press was dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge to scholars, students, and general readers through books, journals, and electronic media. Working with both academic and nonacademic authors, the Press published high-quality manuscripts — both fiction and nonfiction — covering a broad array of disciplines and topics. The KSU Press emphasized works of scholarly and popular interest concerning Georgia and the surrounding Region including, but not limited to, its art, culture, stories, history, and people. The KSU Press was especially interested in providing publication assistance to regional authors.
Many of the Press's publications have won literary awards including the Georgia Author of the Year Award, the Lillian Smith Award, Atlanta Magazine’s Critics Choice Award, Georgia’s Top 25 Reading List, The Georgia Center for the Book’s All Georgia Reads. Among our authors are a former Georgia Poet Laureate, finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and finalist for the National Book Award.
The KSU Press Legacy Project aims to keep alive the manuscripts published during the Press's existence. The work published is an incredibly important piece of Kennesaw State University's historical record and we at the Digital Commons feel we should keep it in the picture, even if only as a remembrance.
The Virgin Mary. Joseph. Peter. Mary Magdalene. Judas Iscariot. Pontius Pilate. Jesus. In They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels, Kevin Brown examines how Nikos Kazantzakis, Anthony Burgess, Norman Mailer, Jose Saramago, and Nino Ricci portray each of the major figures from the gospel stories against the backdrop of biblical and legendary lore and depictions by some other contemporary novelists. The result is a many textured tapestry of insight and reflection in which Mary encourages her son to lead a normal life; Peter is coarse and rash, loyal and treacherous; Judas may well have understandable motives; and Jesus struggles with the temptations of love and power, revealing a divinity and a humanity vying for expression. By retelling stories people think they know, these five authors challenge their readers to confront assumptions and encourage all of us to ask ourselves why we believe or don't believe what we might well have long held to be true
Robert Sherer is an internationally recognized gay American artist whose work explores race, gender, sexuality, and Southern identity, intertwined with beautiful and provocative botanical and anatomical illustration. His premier book concerns the complexities of romantic life and sexual attraction in the age of AIDS and conveys a profound and highly personal aesthetic statement in response to the continuing AIDS crisis in America and abroad. Images of his stunning illustrations are printed with non-toxic ink—the originals were executed in blood drawn from the artist, as well as donated by friends, both HIV-negative and HIV-positive.
Blood Works: Love and Loss Melancholia, Subversion and Guerilla Art History: Robert Sherer's Blood Works by Dr. Diana McClintock
Blood, Sex and the Language of Flowers: A Conversation with Robert Sherer by Helena Reckitt
Blood Works Artist's Statement by Robert Sherer
Blood Works Book Plates
Blood Money: Scenes from Human Currency
Blood Money Artist's Statement by Robert Sherer
Blood Money Book Plates
Artist's Commentary by Robert Sherer
Blood Money Artist's Commentary by Robert Sherer
A. L. Burruss was an extraordinary, compassionate, self-effacing, and personable man. He was the eldest of eleven children and son of a painter and carpenter whose family moved to Smyrna, Georgia in the 1930s. After high school, the Navy trained him as a refrigeration machinist and the imaginative and hard-working Burruss used his skills to start a refrigeration business. Eventually Burruss bought out one of his clients-a partner with Tim Top Poultry in Marietta, Georgia-and helped the company to become immensely successful. Despite his prosperity, Burruss ran for political office as "a way to help others" and achieved political prominence in Cobb County and the Georgia House doing so. This book, filled with images and stories, celebrates A. L. Burruss: A man who referred to himself as a "simple chicken plucker," his life, and his 22-year career in public service.
Critical Issues in Higher Education for the Public Good: Qualitative, Quantitative & Historical Research Perspectives
Penny A. Pasque Ed., Nicholas A. Bowman Ed., and Magdalena Martinez Ed.
Critical Issues in Higher Education for the Public Good offers new evidence and insights into the complexities of higher education and the public good. This unique collection of award winning authors discusses what is needed in order to actualize higher education for the public good, where "higher education" and "the public" are inclusive of multiple constituencies. Issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, urban environments, and systemic oppression are addressed, along with teaching and learning, study abroad, affirmative action and community-university engagement.
This book represents an ongoing commitment to bring new scholarly voices into a public discussion about the relationship that exists between higher education and American society. In organizing the writing project that is reflected in these chapters, we sought to provide original empirical evidence regarding the myriad benefits between higher education and society situated within a contemporary context. The degree to which this goal has been met is a reflection of the insight, scholarship and creativity of the authors represented in these chapters. We all owe them a debt of thanks for what they have brought to their work and for their career-long commitment to higher education for the public good. It has resulted in a book that has local, state and national implications for educational practice, policy and the public; furthermore, this is a book that breaks down old frameworks that needed to be challenged, replacing them with new ideas to be explored and debated.
Gutsy life experience poems from a nurse-poet who knows "the forces that bend people like trees under a wet spring snow." Read these poems again and again to get the truth -- the whole truth of how her life was and how her life remains. Here in strong poems, is a complex life fully exposed.
The poems in A History of Nursing combine the professional life of a woman in the healing arts with the other aspects of her life. Just as she can never stop being the child of her parents, and adult woman, or a mother, a life in nursing colors everything she does and feels. When the nurse becomes a critically ill patient, all of those elements fuse, making her understand the impact she, as a nurse, has had on others.
About the Author
Anne Webster spent her twenty-five-year nursing career in hospital positions, ranging from float nurse in critical care and emergency departments to nursing administration for those areas. During those years, her poetry appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Intensive Care and The Poetry of Nursing. Webster has also taught business writing, consulted to communications firms on writing projects, and edited manuscripts. She conducts creative writing workshops in memoir and poetry and is currently completing a memoir and a novel. Webster lives in Atlanta with her husband.
In Don Russ's collection of poetry, Dream Driving, life is a journey. It has dream-like stages, apparitions, visions, and revelations. The journey itself is in some ways a dream, a sleep-wandering among the labyrinths of the mind, of the imagined world, of even the "real" world. What can we finally know for sure? Do we not at least partly create what we see in the act of seeing it?
Section I includes the poems:
- In the Driveway
- At the End of the Woods
- Easter Biddies
- Walk on Water
- A Little Visit
- The Bachelor Tells a Family Story
- Bible School
- Lovers Lane
- The Missing Chum
- Mummy of Child or Dwarf, With Mask
Section II includes the poems:
- Night Vision
- After the News
- Morning Call
- Many Mansions
- White on White
- Room Inside
- Wife at Window
- The New Homeowners, Gardening
- Sleeping Alone
- In the Dark
- Vermeer Interior
- Caddie's Assistant
- Someone Else's Son
- The Children
- Body Beast
Section III includes the poems:
- Jacob, Dying in Egypt
- Newspaper Rock
- The Victim
- Cemetery Behind McCollum Airport
- New Earth
- Ending in Greenwich Village
- The Gathering
- Winged Victory
- Plato of the Morning Glories
- The Rapture
- Mississippi Morning
- Inventing December
- Eurydice Returns
- In the Cafeteria Line
- Happy Ending
- Love Life
Melvyn L. Fein
Nowadays, liberalism is in crisis. Whereas conservatism suffered a profound meltdown during the Great Depression, today it is liberals who must confront the disconfirmation of many of their cherished beliefs. Sometimes, it seems as if a few are behaving like teenaged rebels, trying to prove that they will not buckle under adult hypocrisies. Yet, despite refusing to conform, they reflexively align themselves with the symbols of their sedition. Festooned with tattoos, body piercings, and spiky green hairdos, they insist they have arrived at these fashions independently. Liberals similarly take positions without acknowledging that these derive from groupthink. Like the journalists described in Myrna Blyth's Spin Sisters, they chatter about political issues as vacuously as if they were sitting in a high school cafeteria. Aware that the unspoken price of communal status is an acceptance of the consensus positions on abortion or affirmative action, they comply. Brent Bozell experienced a similar political conformity when he appeared on a television talk show. After its technicians inadvertently failed to turn off his earpiece, he was treated to the show's directors hooting about his conservative views while he was on the air. Much like a pack of fraternity brothers, these erstwhile professionals reveled in making sophomoric jokes about opinions they did not share. Impartially evaluating opposing views was not part of their intellectual repertoire.
Sarah Robbins Ed., Kathleen Yancey Ed., George Seaman Ed., and Dede Yow Ed.
How can teachers in whatever setting they work effectively facilitate their own professional development through collaborative writing and reflection? Teachers Writing Groups addresses this question by focusing on a community of educators that uses social writing as a vehicle for learning. This book delves into questions about writing, reflection, and professional development as an interactive social process.