The 2003 Book of the Year judge was Jo Ann Yeager Adkins,
a founding officer of the Georgia State Poetry Society and editor
of "The Reach of Song" for a number of yaers. Her prize-winning
chapbook, "A Far Garden," was published by Georgia State Poetry
Society in 1992. She is at present the managing editor of "The
Chattahoochee Review," the literary magazine of Georgia Perimeter
College in Athens.
Adkins said of Sue Scalf's book: "There is a richness and a mix that
evokes time lost and provides us with one last chance to recapture
things of great value. This poet brings the reader a little closer in, shares
more intimately, whether it be simply one fallen leaf or all of the leaves
of an autumn in full swing."
She added that she was particularly moved by "Orion: For my Father,"
which she stated was a truly fine poem.