Judson Mitcham was named Poet Laureate of Georgia in 2012 by the governor of Georgia. His writings, which examine basic human themes within the specific landscape of Georgia, are both poignant and powerful. His poetry collections include A Little Salvation: Poems Old and New and This April Day. His novel The Sweet Everlasting won the Townsend Prize for Fiction and a second Georgia Author of the Year award. Mitcham’s second novel, Sabbath Creek, also won the Townsend Prize, the first time an author has twice won the award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts. Mitcham taught psychology at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia, until his retirement. He has since taught creative writing at the University of Georgia, Georgia College, Emory University, and Mercer University. In 2016, Mitcham co-edited Inspired Georgia, a unique collection of Georgia’s contemporary poets and photographers that engages the history and culture of the state.