Announcing the 2018 Emrys Poetry Contest Winner, Derek Berry!


Derek Berry is the author of the novel "Heathens & Liars of Lickskillet County" (PRA, 2016). They are the founder of literary non-profit The Unspoken Word & co-host of the creative writing podcast Contribute Your Verse. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOAAT, Yemassee, Gigantic Sequins, Pidgeonholes, & elsewhere. They live in Aiken, SC & work at a Cold War Historic Curation Facility. In addition to winning a $250 honorarium, Funeral Speech will be included in the Emrys Journal, Volume 36.

Emrys Open House, December 9th


Emrys Holiday Drop In and Book Exchange

December 9, 2018, 4 to 6 p.m.

201 West Stone Ave, Ste. D, Greenville, SC 29609

Emrys invites you to a holiday Drop In at our new office at 201 West Stone Avenue in Greenville on Sunday, December 9th from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring a book wrapped to give away (new or used) and take a book, have some cider and cookies, and enjoy a holiday gathering with the folks from Emrys. Let us know if you plan to attend by emailing . We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Word Up Winners!

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A longtime supporter of Read Up, Emrys partnered with them this year to sponsor a writing contest called Word Up for students aged 10 – 18. We were very pleased to get close to a hundred submissions, a nice response to a first-time contest that was announced just a couple months before the deadline. We are very happy to announce this year’s finalists. 



Ngmenviel Kuuseg,  -1st Place, "The Amulet" 

Hailey Horton - Runner Up, "The Story of Blue"

Harper Bright - Runner Up, "Forgotten" 

Honorable Mention: Shaun Latta, "Sol Survivor" 


Maggie Austin - 1st Place, "Wings and" 

Srestha Samaddar - Runner Up, "The Moon's Bread" 

Destiny Smith - Runner Up, "The Fall of the Empire" 

Parker Burgio - Runner Up, "Breaking Free"

Honorable Mention: Graham Lewis, "The Walls" 


Callum Carr -1st Place, "A Life" 

Andrea Huber - Runner Up, "July 2004, Age Nineteen" 


Watch for news of next year’s contest!

Stilt House is now available for pre-orders!


“It is not for me to imagine what passes/between a cow and a Pekingese noticing each other/in the spring snow, across an electric fence,” Jacob Boyd assures us in his Frost-inspired “One Looks at Two.” But this poet’s concern not to overreach—to avoid an overly easy recourse to personification or the sublime—is in concert with his commitment to lyrical accuracy. In poem after poem, he takes this imperative not only to animals wild and domesticated, but also to friends, neighbors, and an American landscape as vivid and tactile as “a hallway through Oklahoma, nightlights, a Mustang, a map in the front matter.” Boyd’s companionable voice will bring you readily along for the ride. But he is also the maker of startlingly, seriously astute and beautiful poems. He’s a poet who wears his lyricism lightly. But this Stilt House, while intentionally humble, is architecture built on nerve and lyrical air. — Christina Pugh

Order your copy today. We expect books to ship by December!

Calling Local Authors!


Call for Submissions!

Submission Due Date: November 30, 2018

Greenville County Library is pleased to announce a call for authors to have an opportunity to speak to the public at the Hughes Main Library on January 26, 2019. With over 300,000 annual visitors, over 7,000 followers on social media and a distribution of over 13,000 newsletters bimonthly, this event provides our patrons and county residents with the opportunity to discover authors and provide important exposure and publicity for the authors.

Save the Date!

Sat, Jan 26, 2019, Hughes Main Library

Meet local and regional authors, buy books, and have your books signed. Join us for local author panel discussions sponsored by the Emrys Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

12:30p-3:30p • Visit with local authors at their tables

1p-2:30p • Mystery Author Panel: David Burnsworth, Rose Senehi & Trudy Nan Boyce

2:30p-4p • YA Author Panel: Jessica Khoury, Emily B. Martin & Jo Hackl

4p-5:30p • How to Get Published: Katie Burgess Steenerson & Glenis Redmond