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Emily Pestana Mason Poetry Winners Announced

Emily Pestana Mason Poetry Winners Announced

by Elizabeth Gilmer | February 16, 2015
Last Edited: May 06, 2015 by Norma Kennedy
Emily Pestana Mason Poetry Winners Announced


Winners of the Emily Pestana Mason poetry contest include Athan Kane Waters, first place, Kori Rogers, second place and Dustin Coursey, third place. 
Waters, the son of Chuck and Denise Waters from Millen is a music major.  He enjoys playing the guitar, writing and recording his own music, painting, drawing, writing and gaming.  He has been writing seriously since the 6th grade and was published in a book of student poetry in the 8th grade. His goal is to one day write a book of original poetry and short stories.
Rogers is the daughter of Jay and Stephanie Rogers from Adrian.  A nursing major, she enjoys writing and reading.  She has been writing since she was 9 years old.  She is inspired as a writer by old movies like The Labyrinth, Aladdin, and Treasure planet.  She is also a fan of Walt Disney, songs, especially country, rock and Japanese, and of course, books. 
Coursey, a history major from Lyons is the son of Alan and Tanya Coursey.  He enjoys playing softball, painting, running and wood working.  He has been writing for four years.  The inspiration for his poem, “Librarian,” came from memories of Mrs. Grantham, the librarian at the school he attended from around the age of 10. 
This is the 13th consecutive year of the poetry contest honoring the memory of Dr. Mason.
Dr. Pestana-Mason was born in Altadena, Calif., and grew up in Tampa, Fla. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of South Florida in 1986. In 1989, she was awarded the M.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and awarded her Ph.D. in English in 1993. She taught English at University of Mississippi, Pensacola Junior College and University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Dr. Pestana-Mason was an accomplished poet. Her poetry appears in numerous publications. She received the Marjorie Lees Lynn Award for Poetry and the Joan Johnson Prize for Poetry. One of Dr. Pestana-Mason's former professors wrote, "Brilliant poet, wonderful intuitive intelligence, hard working and inspired teacher--that's Emily Pestana."

In 1996, Dr. Pestana-Mason joined the East Georgia College faculty as assistant professor of English. She was named acting chair of the Humanities Division at East Georgia College during the academic year 2000. She was a professor at EGSC until her death in 2002.  She is survived by her husband, Walt and two daughters, Naomi and Becky. 
Pictured are: Becky Mason, Athan Kane Waters, Kori Rogers, Dustin Coursey and Naomi Mason