First Congo benefit for Tuscaloosa tornado victims
By Bard Cole
On Thursday, June 23, 7pm at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper) writers from the University of Alabama’s Creative Writing program will be holding a fundraising event called “Tuscaloosa Ink: Alabama Writers in Memphis.” Proceeds from this event will go to the University of Alabama’s Acts of Kindness fund to assist students, faculty, and staff affected by the tornado in Tuscaloosa this past April.
The evening’s lineup will feature University of Alabama professor Michael Martone, author of Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler’s List, along with former and current students from Alabama’s MFA programs. The evening will also include a silent auction featuring signed work by notable Alabama authors such as Mark Childress (Crazy in Alabama), Warren St. John (Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer), cartoonist Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), and other items including a gift subscription to Alabama Heritage magazine.
Admission to the event is $10. The event is co-sponsored by Bama on the Bluff (Alabama Alumni Association, Memphis Chapter).