Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

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Georgia Writers Hall of Fame
Awarded for"Georgia writers, past and present, whose work reflects the character of the state — its land and people"
LocationRichard B. Russell Building
300 South Hull Street
Athens, Georgia
CountryUnited States
Presented byHargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries
First awarded2000
WebsiteGeorgia Writers Hall of Fame

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame honors writers who have made significant contributions to the literary legacy of the state of Georgia. Established in 2000 by the University of Georgia (UGA) Libraries’ Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Hall of Fame existed as a virtual presence until 2012, when it was given a physical space within UGA's Richard B. Russell Building.[1]

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame accepts public nominations.[2] New inductees are elected by a board of judges convened by the University of Georgia librarian. Writers are eligible for nomination if they were born in Georgia or if they produced an important work while living in the state.[3]


  • Erskine Caldwell
  • James Dickey
  • W. E. B. Du Bois|W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Joel Chandler Harris
  • John Oliver Killens
  • Martin Luther King Jr.|Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Sidney Lanier
  • Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
  • Carson McCullers
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • Lillian Smith (author)|Lillian Smith
  • Byron Herbert Reece
  • Harry Crews
  • Jean Toomer
  • Alice Walker
  • Conrad Aiken
  • Elias Boudinot (Cherokee)|Elias Boudinot
  • Pat Conroy
  • Henry W. Grady
  • Ralph McGill|Ralph Emerson McGill
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Terry Kay
  • Frank Yerby
  • Caroline Pafford Miller|Caroline Miller
  • Ferrol Sams
  • Celestine Sibley
  • Anne Rivers Siddons
  • John Stone
  • Bailey White
  • Calder Willingham|Calder Baynard Willingham, Jr.
  • Raymond Andrews
  • Coleman Barks
  • David Bottoms
  • Robert Burch
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Georgia Douglas Johnson
  • Walter Francis White
  • Philip Lee Williams
  • Melissa Fay Greene
  • James Patrick Kilgo
  • Johnny Mercer
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Toni Cade Bambara
  • Judson Mitcham
  • Olive Ann Burns
  • Mary Hood
  • Alfred Uhry
  • Vereen Bell
  • Taylor Branch
  • Paul Hemphill
  • Janisse Ray
  • Roy Blount Jr.
  • Brainard Cheney
  • Katharine DuPre Lumpkin
  • James Alan McPherson
  • Bill Shipp
  • James Cobb
  • Alfred Corn
  • Eugenia Price
  • Kevin Young (poet)|Kevin Young
  • Furman Bisher
  • Michael Bishop (author)|Michael Bishop
  • Tayari Jones
  • Frances Newman
  • Cynthia Shearer
  • John T. Edge
  • Julia Collier Harris
  • A. E. Stallings


  1. Howard Pousner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Georgia Writers Hall of Fame claims a space of its own in Athens". ajc. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  2. "Georgia Writers Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  3. Ruppersburg, Hugh; Inscoe, John C. (2011-08-15). The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 978-0-8203-4300-6.

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