The Clemson Literary Festival is an annual event featuring three days of readings by national authors, literary panel discussions, book fairs, and open mic events that seeks to bring students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding communities together through a mutual love and appreciation for the Arts and Humanities. The 2019 event will take place Wednesday, April 10 – Friday, April 12. SC Humanities supported this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant.
Featured authors at the 12th Annual Clemson Literary Festival include: headliner Tyehimba Jess, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet; Becky Adnot-Haynes, Sarah Blackman; Chen Chen; Matthew Cooperman; Cynthia Cruz; Sarah Domet; Julia Elliott; Ashley M. Jones, Laura Leigh Morris;
Dustin Pearson, and Alan Rossi. More information about the featured authors and the full schedule of their presentations can be found on the event website.
This town and gown event primarily takes place in venues in downtown Clemson in order to attract an audience beyond the University. The program is largely coordinated by a specially-selected team of ten Student Directors, and the event includes a Young Writer’s Workshop program that reaches approximately 100 high school students.
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 20-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.