Monday, May 27
Marilyn Nelson, daughter of a Tuskegee Airman, a founding member of Cave Canem, and finalist for several National Book Awards, has composed extensively on the lives of African Americans, including Emmett Till, George Washington Carver, and a slave named Fortune.
Tuesday, May 28
Cecilia Woloch has published six award-winning collections of poems, most recently Earth (Two Sylvias Press, 2015) and Carpathia (BOA Editions, 2009). Her distinctions include a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, and Best American Poetry 2005.
Wednesday, May 29
Book Launch for Susan Meyers
Friends of Susan Meyers will read her posthumous release, Self-Portrait in the River of Déjà Vu, just released by Press53. Her previous volume, My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass, won the inaugural Cider Press Review Editors Prize, and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and the Robert Dana Anhinga Poetry Prize. She was the 2013 recipient of The SC Academy of Authors’ Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship. Her poems appear in Prairie Schooner, NC Literary Review, Poemeleon, and Rabbit.
Thursday, May 30
Dustin Pearson is author of A Family Is a House (C&R Press, 2019) and Millenial Roost (C&R Press, 2018). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. A recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, he won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize for 2015.
He has served as editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and director of the Clemson Literary Festival. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.
Friday, May 31
Len Lawson is the author of the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press) and editor of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race (Muddy Ford Press). He is a Ph.D. student in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He won the 2016 Jasper Magazine Artist of the Year Award in Literary Arts. He received a poetry fellowship from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a poetry residency from Vermont Studio Center.
Monday, June 3
Teddy Norris, was Professor of English at St. Charles Community College and editor of Mid Rivers Review, the literary journal, and also served as a regional judge for Poetry Out Loud. Her poems appear in Lindenwood Review, Soundings Review, Country Dog Review, Little Patuxent Review, Broad River Review and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Pillars of Salt, was released in 2015 by Finishing Line Press.
Tuesday, June 4
Judith Pacht, of Los Angeles, debuts her second collection, Infirmary for a Private Soul (Tebot Bach), and a new chapbook, A Cumulus Fiction (Finishing Line Press). A two-time Pushcart nominee, her work includes poems published in Ploughshares, Runes, Phoebe, Cider Press Review, and Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia).
Wednesday, June 5
Libby Bernardin’s first full collection is Stones Ripe for Sowing (Press 53, 2018). She has two chapbooks, The Book of Myth (SC Poetry Initiative, 2009) and Layers of Song (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her oems have appeared in numerous journals. In 2015, she won the SC Poetry Society Forum Prize. Her poem, "Transmigration," winner of the NC Poetry of Witness Award and published in Pinesong, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.
Thursday, June 6
Tim Conroy is a poet and former educator. His work has been published in journals, magazines, and compilations, including Fall Lines, Jasper, UGA Press, and Marked by Water. In 2017, Muddy Ford Press published his first book of poetry, Theologies of Terrain, edited by Ed Madden, poet laureate of Columbia. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, established in his brother’s honor, Tim Conroy lives in Columbia.
Friday, June 7
Fred Dings’s books of poetry include Eulogy for a Private Man (TriQuarterly Books), After the Solstice (Orchises Press), and two chapbooks, Vespers and The Bruised Sky. His poems appear in The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.
Dings teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Carolina.