Laurel Posey

UofSC Fall Literary Festival with Jacqueline Woodson

The 2021 University of South Carolina virtual Fall Literary Festival welcomes children’s and young adult book author Jacqueline Woodson, poet Robyn Schiff and Aminatta Forna, novelist and memoirist. Woodson will give a virtual reading Wednesday, October 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. Jacqueline Woodson is a children’s and young adult book author best known for Miracle's Boys and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. After serving as the Young People's Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2018 - 19. She was recently named a MacArthur Fellow and received the Hans Christian Anderson Award in recognition of lifelong achievement and lasting contribution to children's literature.

Laurel Posey

UofSC Fall Literary Festival with Robyn Schiff

The 2021 University of South Carolina virtual Fall Literary Festival welcomes children’s and young adult book author Jacqueline Woodson, poet Robyn Schiff and Aminatta Forna, novelist and memoirist. Schiff will give a virtual reading Wednesday, October 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. Robyn Schiff is the author of three poetry collections: Worth, Revolver and A Woman of Property. A Woman of Property was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, named a best book of the year by The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune and selected as an Editors’ Choice at The New York Times. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The New Republic, A Public Space, Boston Review, Black Warrior Review and elsewhere. Schiff is also co-editor of Canarium Books, a small press dedicated to the publication of books of poetry.

Laurel Posey

UofSC Fall Literary Festival with Aminatta Forna

The 2021 University of South Carolina virtual Fall Literary Festival welcomes children’s and young adult book author Jacqueline Woodson, poet Robyn Schiff and Aminatta Forna, novelist and memoirist. Forna will give a virtual reading Wednesday, October 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. Aminatta Forna is the author of four novels - Happiness, The Hired Man, The Memory of Love, and Ancestor Stones - and the acclaimed memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. Her fiction has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award and the PEN Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and has been short-listed for the Neustadt Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the IMPAC Award, and the Warwick Prize. Her work has been nominated for the European Prize for Fiction. Forna is currently a Lannan Visiting Chair at Georgetown University.

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Call for Entries: Govie Writing Awards

The Govie Writing Awards is a state-wide contest for South Carolina students in grades 6-12. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Department at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, the awards are named for the department's founding faculty members—George Singleton and Jan Bailey—and recognize student works in fiction and poetry. Prize winners will receive a gift card from a Greenville indie bookstore, M. Judson Booksellers. Teachers of the winning students will also be recognized. Deadline for submissions is November 12, 2021.

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NC Writers’ Network 2021 Fall Conference

The North Carolina Writers' Network (NCWN) 2021 Fall Conference is a full weekend of sessions and programs on the craft and business of writing. Tyree Daye (poetry), Marianne Gingher (nonfiction), and Mesha Maren (fiction) will lead master classes; NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. The weekend includes faculty readings, open mics, and meetings with agents and editors.

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The Black Poets Miniature Challenge

​Castle of our Skins's Shirley Graham Du Bois Creative-in-Residence, Marlanda Dekine, is curating a poetry challenge: the Black Poet Miniature Challenge (#BPMC). In this installation, poets who identify as Black and part of the African diaspora are challenged to compose haikus and tankas. All ages are encouraged to participate, and each poet will receive a $75 honorarium. Your poem can be submitted as written text, recorded voice, or a video recording of you reading the poem. Poems are due August 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. Send your poem as a PDF, MP4, or WAV file and any relevant format to David@CastleSkins.org. Review all guidelines online.

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Author Lecture by John J. Navin – The Grim Years: Settling South Carolina, 1670–1720

John J. Navin's book, The Grim Years: Settling South Carolina, 1670–1720, is a graphic account of South Carolina’s tumultuous beginnings, when calamity, violence, and ruthless exploitation were commonplace. With extraordinary detail and analysis, the book reveals the hardships that were experienced by people of all ethnicities and all stations in life during the first half-century of South Carolina’s existence—years of misery caused by nature, pathogens, greed, and recklessness. The author will give a lecture on his book, presented by the Horry County Museum and the AVX Foundation,  August 21 at 1 p.m.

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“The Supper Table” in Camden

Bassett Gallery Opening: The Supper Table, an homage to the 40th anniversary of Judy Chicago’s 1979 exhibit, is a multidisciplinary arts project celebrating the history of SC women and contemporary SC women artists. Whereas Chicago’s The Dinner Party celebrated 39 women in place-settings with 999 tiles beneath, The Supper Table will celebrate 12 women from SC history with 12 place-settings and 120 tiles installed on movable panels. The 12 place-settings are being created by SC women visual artists and the 120 tiles, each naming a groundbreaking SC woman, are being decorated by the public.

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Artist Mentors Needed at Galaxy 169

Galaxy 169 is looking to recruit interested, intrinsically motivated, and committed artists with a desire to help cultivate a group of young people. Galaxy 169 is a training and development center established in Fairfax, SC (Allendale County). The center's purpose is to provide a safe and conducive space for the wholistic development of youth. If you are an artist and would like to assist with mentoring, teaching networking skills, helping create opportunities, honing artistic talent, and showcasing different ways to be an artist, please apply by June 30.

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Zoom Book Launch With Alex Michaelides and Will Cathcart

On June 24 at 4 p.m., the Charleston Library Society virtually welcomes best-selling author Alex Michaelides to celebrate the release of his second novel, "The Maidens" the week after its release. This Zoom conversation will cover all aspects of Alex’s work process and the excitement behind this highly-anticipated thriller. Alex will be in conversation with Charlestonian journalist & editor, Will Cathcart during this event. Tickets are $35 for a signed book package with Zoom access. All ticket purchasers will receive an email from dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org on the afternoon of the event with the Zoom links and password. (If you do not receive an email by June 24 at 3 p.m., please call 843-723-9912.)