The South Carolina Academy of Authors is pleased to announce Jo Angela Edwins as the 2014 winner of the 5th Annual Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry. Edwins teaches composition, American literature and creative writing at Francis Marion University in Florence. Her poems have been published in various venues including New South, Calyx, Sojourn, and Naugatuck River Review.
The Nickens Fellowship was established in 2009 to support South Carolina poets whose work employs skilled verse composition and reflects a heightened awareness of the human condition. The submission period for the fellowship is in the autumn of each year.
This year’s judge, Lavonne J. Adams, commented that Edwins’ winning entry consists of “poems that have a coherence of voice—poems that speak to one another, that echo in a manner that makes me feel as if I have experienced a much lengthier collection. The author exhibits mastery of form–a gracious breaking of line and stanza–which enhances the language, the imagery, and the sound devices, all delightfully tactile.”
Adams also praised the quality of the entries saying, “I believe that when we read poetry, we look for a narrative voice that we can trust, the chance to delight in how another perceives the world—insight into a moment turned luminescent. Inside each carefully crafted poem, this poet provides us with those opportunities. This is art to treasure.”
Adams is author of Through the Glorieta Pass (Pearl Editions) and teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is the recipient of the Persephone Poetry Prize for her chapbook Everyday Still Life, and the Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Award for In the Shadow of the Mountain. She has published in over ﬁfty additional venues, including Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, and Crab Orchard Review. She completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Harwood Museum of Art.
For more information, please contact Libby Bernardin, South Carolina Academy of Authors board member and fellowship coordinator at email@example.com.
Are you an avid reader who is in an active book club? The South Carolina Book Festival invites you to register your South Carolina book club to get early updates about featured authors and special events, to receive special invitations and opportunities, and to be entered for giveaways. The SCBook Festival is happy to announce that Book Club Registration is now open for the 2014 SCBook Festival, May 17 – 18, 2014. The SCBook Festival is the largest annual literary event in the state and we want to know what your book club is reading. Learn more! Read more! Register Your Book Club Online Here!
Boost the future of a SC child with a gift of books and support Your Team through the new My First Library program! Organized by SC Future Minds, the hub of private support for SC public schools, this is a competition between student groups within each school, and between the universities themselves. The tax-deductible gifts raised will produce boxed sets of books presented next fall by Carolina and Clemson students to entering five-year-old students at our state’s poorest schools. To learn more, please visit http://www.scfutureminds.org/my-first-library-contest/.
On Thanksgiving (November 28th), POV is broadcasting a special called Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special.
About the special: The first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. Listening Is an Act of Love features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project. Each story reflects StoryCorps founder Dave Isay’s fundamental belief: “We can learn so much about the people all around us — even about the people we already know — just by taking the time to have a conversation.” Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between Isay and his 9-year-old nephew, Benji. As always, the selections provoke both tears and laughter — and highlight the simple joy found in sitting together and asking life’s important questions.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 – 7:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee
Details: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee of Columbia University will be speaking as the 2013 Townsend Lecturer. This lecture was endowed by Dr. J. Ives Townsend, and is focused on the theme “The Impact of Biology on Society”. Dr. Mukherjee is Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”.
Where: Campus Room at Capstone House
Admission: Free and open to the public
Dori Sanders hosts book signing event at Barnes & Noble to benefit homeless literacy program.
Saturday, September 28th
Book lovers, literacy advocates and southern enthusiasts alike are invited to attend a special benefit book signing event featuring South Carolina native and best-selling author, Dori Sanders on Saturday, September 28th from 11am- 1pm at Barnes & Noble at Midtown Forest Acres (3400 Forest Drive).
The benefit book fair is being held in support of the “By the Book” adult literacy program at St. Lawrence Place (SLP) – a Midlands, non-profit providing transitional housing for homeless families. The event will also feature a fun children’s story time with special guest readers from 12pm – 1pm. A percentage of sales from the event will be given to SLP.
To support the literacy effort, customers will receive an exclusive SLP Bookfair voucher when checking out so SLP will receive proceeds. Customers can also participate by shopping online at www.bn.com/bookfairs, from September 28th –October 3rd with ID# 11171907on the payment page.
SLP also has a wish list of books they would like donated for the adult residents at the shelter. The book fair will give guests the opportunity to buy these books and directly give them to support literacy at SLP.
For more information, contact Tamara King at 803-528-5748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dori Sanders, best-selling author of the acclaimed books Clover and Her Own Place, grew up as one of ten children (five girls and five boys) in Filbert, SC, in York County. Her family operates one of the oldest African-American farms in the region. She is the winner of the Lillian Smith Award for Southern literature. Sanders’ book Clover, first published in 1990, became a national bestseller and went on to be a made-for-TV movie, starring Elizabeth McGovern and Ernie Hudson, in 1997. In twenty-three years, it has never been out of print and has been “recommended reading” for classrooms across the country. Clover has also been translated into numerous languages.
St. Lawrence Place is a 30-home community where homeless families can find skills and shelter that foster independence and free them from the grip of poverty. To find out more St. Lawrence Place and its services to help families in need visit www.stlawrenceplace.org.
The South Carolina Center for the Book will represent the state in The Pavilion of the States. The Pavilion, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. A brochure available in this pavilion, called “Discover Great Places Through Reading,” offers a list of 52 great reads and a map for kids that encourages then to visit all 52 tables (plus the Library of Congress Center for the Book table) to get a unique sticker or stamp.
The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book has selected How I Became a Pirate, by Melina Long, to represent South Carolina at the festival. About How I Became a Pirate - When Jeremy Jacob sets off on a pirate adventure, he loves doing everything the pirates do . . . but then he finds out what they DON’T do.
Pirates have green teeth—when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view.
So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don’t tuck.” A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.
Melinda Long is a teacher and author and lives in Greenville, South Carolina. Melinda began her writing career on a rainy day when she was six. Her mother, tired of hearing how bored Melinda was, told her to write a story about Yogi Bear and friends. She even gave Melinda a typewriter to use. It was so much fun, Melinda just kept writing. Now it’s one of her favorite things to do.
David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared on numerous book jackets.
For more information, please contact Dr. Curtis R. Rogers at 803-734-8928 or email@example.com.
Letters About Literature allows students to write a letter to their favorite author in a nationwide contest.
Students statewide can share their most influential literary experiences through a contest that asks them to write a letter to an author and explain how his or her work changed their perspective of the world or of themselves.
The national “Letters About Literature” reading and writing competition allows students in grades four through 12 to articulate the importance of their favorite book.
To enter, students write a personalized letter to an author, living or deceased, from any genre whose work has made an impact. Rather than summarizing the book’s plot, contestants are encouraged to express the effect the book has had on their lives in a personalized, conversational tone.
The annual competition, sponsored by the South Carolina Center for the Book, has three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6, Level 2 for students in grades 7-8, and Level 3 for students in grades 9-12.
There are monetary prizes in each level for the first, second, and third place winners from across the state – $100, $50, and $25 respectively. First place state winners will advance to the national level judging. A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one National Honor winner per competition level to receive a $200 cash award.
The deadlines for submissions are December 10 for grades 9-12 and January 10 for grades 4-8. To download the official contest rules and guidelines, please visit http://www.read.gov/letters.
July 30, 2013 - September, 20 2013
Arts Council of York County http://www.yorkcountyarts.org
The Arts Council of York County presents its 10th Annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast United States; and the 2nd Annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across York County, SC. The postmark deadline for entries is Friday, September 20, 2013 by 5 PM.
The 10th Annual Literary Competition includes both an adult and youth component. Each category will be judged independently. Authors may enter both the short story and the poetry competition, and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition, however, there will be no repeat prizewinners within the categories. The winners of the 2nd Annual Youth Literary Competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.
There are no restrictions on subject matter. All participants must submit three copies of each entry for distribution to judges. E-mail entries will not be accepted. No entries will be returned. Your name must not appear on the manuscript, and pages must be numbered with the title of the entry. Please include the title of the submitted work and all contact information on the entry form. For complete guidelines and entry information, please visit yorkcountyarts.org.
Arts Council of York County
121 E. Main St.
Rock HIll, SC 29730
$10-15 per entry
The Old Town Association, Dyer Hart Productions, Bonnie Wallsh Associates LLC and Brown & Brown Marketing are pleased to announce the 2nd annual “Experience South Carolina Fest,” which will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. along Main Street in Rock Hill.
“Experience South Carolina Fest” will excite the senses & highlight the rich diversity of the music, food, people and the culture of South Carolina. The festival will come alive with the sounds of South Carolina from the Beach Music that will evoke a summer night’s shagging at the beach to R&B representing the region as well as gospel music. Confirmed entertainment at the festival will include Plair All Stars and Front Line. In addition, attendees can enjoy the tastes of South Carolina’s regional cuisine representing key areas of the State. Fried fish, barbecue, fried chicken and turkey, sausage gumbo, po’ boy sandwiches, fried pickles, corn bread, peach cobbler, red velvet cake and assorted other southern specialties are all on the menu along with South Carolina craft beers. And there will be plenty of activities for children at the Kidz Zone with inflatables.
Local farmers will sell their produce and local artisans will be selling their handmade art & crafts at The Old Town Market.
The festival will also feature a Literary Corner to showcase some of South Carolina’s own authors. Attendees will be able to meet local authors, purchase signed copies of books, and learn more about South Carolina’s rich literary heritage.
The festival is free to the public and everyone can take part in celebrating South Carolina in the beautiful Old Town District of Rock Hill.
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