Southern Wesleyan University will present their second annual “SWU Literary Festival: South Carolina Real and Imagined” on Friday, February 18, 2022. The event will feature jury-selected student writers from local high schools and universities, creative writing breakout sessions, an open mic, and plenary presentations by Jeremy Jones and Charissa Fryberger. The festival will be livestreamed on YouTube beginning at 10:00 a.m. SC Humanities supported this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant.
The SWU Literary Festival aims to foster creative writing and cultivate a connection to our community by imaginatively engaging with South Carolina. The event especially seeks to serve Upstate high school and college students. This program is hosted by the SWU Division of Humanities and is part of the SWU Fine Arts Series.
The 2021 SWU Literary Festival will feature Jeremy Jones and Charissa Fryberger.
Jeremy Jones is the author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland (Blair, 2014), which won the 2014 Appalachian Book of the Year in nonfiction and was awarded gold in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards in memoir. His essays have been named Notable in Best American Essays and published in Oxford American, The Iowa Review, and Brevity, among others.
Charissa Fryberger is the author of A Breath of Fresh God (2021) and was most recently an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Wesleyan University. She graduated with an M.A. in English from nearby Clemson University and currently lives with her husband in Southern Colorado.
More information about the festival is available here: https://www.swu.edu/swu-literary-festival/.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.
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