Writers’ Forum begins Sept. 19 at St. Andrews University
Laurinburg, N.C. - For the 45th year, St. Andrews University will hold a regular Writers’ Forum featuring local and regional guest writers this fall.
The readings are held on Thursday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers’ Forum Lounge in Orange Residence Hall of the University campus.
The schedule kicks off Sept. 19 with poet and novelist Anthony S. Abbott. A San Francisco native and Princeton graduate, Abbott has five books of poetry to his credit, including the Pulitzer nominated The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat. His most recent book, If Words Could Save Us, received the 2013 Brockman-Campbell award. His 2003 novel, Leaving Maggie Hope, won the Novello Award in 2003. The sequel, Three Great Secret Things, was published in 2007.
Oct. 3 will be the first of three Open Mics scheduled for the fall. Individuals interested in sharing their work are invited to sign up the night of the reading with student host Jennifer George. Readings are limited to between five and seven minutes to allow for all readers to have an opportunity to share. Additional Open Mics will take place Oct. 24 and Nov. 14.
Poet, political activist and professor Ed Madden will take the podium on Oct. 17 to share his work. An associate professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of South Carolina, Madden’s Ph.D. in literature is from the University of Texas in Austin. He has been a writer in residence at both the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens in Columbia, S.C., and Fort Moultrie in Charleston, S.C., as part of the state’s African American Heritage Corridor project. He has been secretary, vice president and president of the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement. In addition to writing numerous editorials advocating gay liberation, he also serves as executive producer of Rainbow Radio: The REAL Gay Agenda, a South Carolina based, gay themed radio talk show.
Don Shea will present his work during the Nov. 7 forum. A New York City native, he spent 23 years in the business world before entering the writing field. He has published around 60 pieces, mostly stories in such publications as The North American Review, The Quarterly, and The Gettysburg Review. His work has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and been broadcast on NPR’s Selected Shorts. He has also taught writing workshops at The Writer’s Voice, West Side YMCA, The New School and Manhattan JCC.