The English Department at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC is sponsoring the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-Wining Poet Natasha Trethewey in Minister's Hall on January 23, 2008 at 5:00p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow.
Trethewey's latest book of poetry, Native Guard, deals with what it is like growing up biracial in Mississippi and the experience of dealing with her mother's death at the hands of her abusive stepfather. Trethewey was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Native Guard.
Click here to listen to Trethewey's NPR interview with Terri Gross for the July 16, 2007 edition of "Fresh Air".
Visit http://www.claflin.edu/ for more information or Click here to email with questions
ENDINGS: Piccolo Fiction Open 2008 Call for Entries
The Piccolo Fiction Open is a literary competition in its ninth year of the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival. This year the theme is Endings.
$200 will be awarded for the top story, followed by a $150 and a $50 prize, as well as runners-up. One story (or more) will be chosen to appear in Dark Sky Magazine. There are no residency restrictions, though writers who would like to read their work in Charleston are encouraged to submit.
The word limit is 1200. Please submit 3 copies of your original, unpublished work by postmark April 9th, 2008. Include one separate cover page with your contact information and title of the story. At the top of your story, include your phone number only, and proceed as usual. A $5 submission fee is required.
Submit everything to-
PFO2008/City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
133 Church St., Charleston, SC29401
PFO2008 is sponsored by
Blue Bicycle Books (http://www.bluebicyclebooks.com/)
Iodine Literary Projects (http://www.eatgoodbread.com/) home of the PFO archive, Dark Sky Magazine (http://www.darkskymagazine.com/), and the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs (http://www.piccolospoleto.com/).
Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets
Deadline: January 10, 2008. Reading fee $10/entry. Prize: $300 plus publication. Up to five poems. Now accepting poetry and visual art entries for the 2008 edition. Open to residents and natives of the Carolinas. Guest judge Colette Inez. Special guest contributor Steve Lautermilch. Editors Beth Cagle Burt, Lisa Zerkle, and Richard Allen Taylor. Details: http://www.kakalak.net/.
The Amazing Read @ Greenville Library
The Greenville County Library System in cooperation with Greenville Forward's Vision 2025 Education Task Force have chosen the novel The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays for Greenville County's first community-wide, one-book reading initiative: The Amazing Read. The initiative will encourage reading, connect neighbors and families through literature, and increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease.
For more information, see http://www.greenvillelibrary.org/
Call for entries for Hub City Prizes
The Hub City Writers Project will award the Hub City Prizes again in March 2008 for excellence in creative writing among Spartanburg County adults. Prizes will be awarded for poetry and personal essay. The deadline for entry is Feb. 1, 2008. Winners each will receive a full, $500 scholarship to the Wildacres Writers Workshop, a week-long creative writing summer school in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Second-place winners receive a full scholarship to Hub City's "Writing in Place" workshop Aug. 1-3, 2008 at Wofford College.
Visit http://www.hubcity.org/ or call 577-9349 for more information.
2008 South Carolina Fiction Project Deadline - January 15, 2008
The deadline for submissions to the 2008 South Carolina Fiction Project, a contest of previously unpublished short stories sponsored in partnership with The Post and Courier, is January 15, 2008. For more information, including full guidelines, please see the South Carolina Arts Commission Web site, www.soutcarolinaarts.com
JANUARY LITERARY EVENTS AND DEADLINES
January 2, 2008
SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION DEADLINE
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Commission and its literary partners are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the inaugural South Carolina First Novel Competition. The application deadline is January 2, 2008; the award winner will be announced in May 2008. Click here for guidelines.
Partnering with the SC Arts Commission and the Hub City Writers Project for the First Novel Competition are the South Carolina State Library and The Humanities Council SC. The contest will be judged by a nationally recognized writer.
Deadline for submissions to Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets
Reading fee $10/entry. Prize: $300 plus publication. Up to five poems. Now accepting poetry and visual art entries for the 2008 edition. Open to residents and natives of the Carolinas. Guest judge Colette Inez. Special guest contributor Steve Lautermilch. Editors Beth Cagle Burt, Lisa Zerkle, and Richard Allen Taylor.
Poets in the Forest: Reading by Starkey Flythe, Jr. and Laurel Blossom, author of Degrees of Latitude
Friday, January 11, 2008 at 7PM
Leopard Forest Coffee Company
26 South Main St., Travelers Rest, SC
sponsored by Traveler's Rest Arts Mission (TRAM)
Hub City Writers present poets Angela Kelly and Rick Mulkey
Monday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Showroom at Hub-Bub, 149 S. Daniel Morgan Avenue, Spartanburg
Emrys Reading Room: Amy Knox Brown and Quinn Dalton
Monday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.
The Handlebar, 204 E. Stone Avenue, Greenville
January 15, 2008
2008 SOUTH CAROLINA FICTION PROJECT DEADLINE
The deadline for submissions to the 2008 South Carolina Fiction Project, a contest of previously unpublished short stories sponsored in partnership with The Post and Courier, is January 15, 2008. For more information, including full guidelines, please see the South Carolina Arts Commission Web site, http://www.soutcarolinaarts.com/
Converse College Writers Series: R.T. Smith (Sara Lura Mathews Self Writer in Residence)
Tuesday, January 15, 8:00 p.m.
Montgomery Student Center, Converse College, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg
Free and open to the public
January 16, 2008
The Book Stall: Reading and book signing by Laurel Blossom, author of Degrees of Latitude
Wednesday, January 16, 2008, time TBA
The Book Stall 413 Hayne Ave. Aiken SC
January 17, 2008-March 31, 2008
"PAGES FROM THE PAST: A Legacy of Medieval Books in South Carolina Collections" will display medieval manuscripts from six South Carolina libraries.
Thomas Cooper Library on the USC Columbia campus.
The opening on January 17 at 4.30 pm will feature a brief performance of medieval song, a short illustrated lecture, and a light buffet. "PAGES FROM THE PAST" is sponsored by the Humanities CouncilSC, USC and participating libraries.
The English Dept. at Claflin University presents 2007 Pulitzer Prize-Wining Poet Natasha Trethewey
January 23, 5:00p.m
Minister's Hall, Claflin University in Orangeburg
Reception and book signing to follow.
SCCTE at the Beach: "Teaching and Creating South Carolina Writers"
South Carolina Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference
Kiawah Island Resort, Kiawah Island
Visit http://sccte.org/conf.htm for more information
Words to Say It: Visiting Writer Series: Poet A. Van Jordan, author of "Quantum Lyrics"
Thursday, Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m.
Wall Auditorium, Coastal Carolina University
Admission: Free and open to the public
Pick the Upstate Slam Team
Sunday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
Coffee Underground, Coffee Street, Greenville
Monthly Fiction Writing Group, Led by Sean Scapellato and Carol Peters
The second Tuesday of each month, starting September 11, 2007.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.
Free and open to the public
Every Monday at 8 p.m.
Monday Night Blues
Monday Night Blues is a free, weekly poetry event with a featured poet and an open mic. Hosted by Ellie Davis and Jim Lundy. At four years, it is Charleston's longest running poetry event.
East Bay Meeting House, 159 East Bay Street, Charleston
Coffee and Poetry
Most Sunday Nights 7:30 Coffee Underground Downtown Gville The Upstate Slam Team hosts Coffee and Poetry Every Sunday at Coffee Underground at 7:30pm in Downtown Greenville. [1 E. Coffee Street] Bring your own poems to read or perform. Sign-up starts at 7:00pm. All poetry styles welcome! No shows on major holidays as posted. See www.witsendpoetry.com for more information and detailed schedule.
Writing with the Body classes at AMSA Studios on Wednesdays starting in January from 9:15 - 10:30 A.M. Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D. The classes combine journaling and meditation exercises that allow you to access the wise voice within that encourages you to bring about balance, self-care, and peace in your life and in the world. For more MSA and Writing with the Body reflections, check out Cassie's blog, "My Peace," at http://www.amsastudios.blogspot.com/.
February 22-24, 2008
2008 SOUTH CAROLINABOOK FESTIVAL (12th Annual)
Friday, February 22-Sunday, February 24
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Lincoln Street, Columbia
Free and open to the public on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24
March 17 - April 9, 2008
Caught in the Creative Act, Spring Session
Featuring: Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Balakian, Francine du Plessix Gray, and Salman Rushdie
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
University of South Carolina, Columbia
Free and open to the public
Info and registration: www.cas.sc.edu/cica