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***Dean Poling has been nominated in the 46th annual Georgia Writers Association Author of the Year in the first novel category for "Waiting for Willie" *** 

  Dean Poling is a multiple winner of the Georgia Press Association's first-place award for his serious and humorous newspaper columns.  
    During his years in newspapers, he has won nearly 40 individual writing and journalism awards.
    He has been with The Valdosta Daily TImes since 1989, working as the police and court reporter before becoming features editor in 1998 and the assistant managing editor in 2008. He is a member of the newpaper's editorial board and an associate editor with Valdosta Scene magazine.
    He regularly teaches a Learning in Retirement creative writing class.
    A West Virginia native, Dean and his wife, Jetty, live in Valdosta, Ga., with their three sons, Brian, Danny and Matthew.
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