Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians has selected Kelly Hayes-Raitt, an activist on issues related to environmental protection and human rights to serve as its 2008 Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellow.
Hayes-Raitt becomes the fellowship’s third recipient, and will live in McCullers' childhood home on Stark Avenue this fall.
She will be writing “Keeping the Faith: An American Woman’s Journey through the Axisof Evil,” a compilation of first-person essays about people affected by U.S. foreign policies in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and the Philippines.
Hayes-Raitt, who has visited the Mideast many times, recently returned to American after spending the summer in Syria.
Hayes-Raitt is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based political consultant and activist, whose goals include protecting the environment, furthering human and civil rights and expanding educational opportunities. She has appeared on more than 500 radio and televisionprograms including PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," "CBS This Morning," "CNN Financial News" and "CNN Moneyline."
Call McCullers Center Director Cathy Fussell at 706-565-4021, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.mccullerscenter.org/fellowships.htm