Don’t miss the Didn’t See It Coming Book Release Event, October 7th, 7 pm at The Loft at Falls Park (above Ford’s Oyster House). The event features readings of work from The Writers Block, an advanced creative writing workshop at Perry Correctional Institution and edited by Emrys President Anna Katherine Freeland and Emrys board member Carol Young Gallagher. Books are available for sale. Event is free, but space is limited.
A great introduction to Emrys’ new Administrative Assistant, Polly Gaillard, is through her new exhibition at The Pickens County Museum of Art & History beginning September 6, 2014. Please plan to attend the opening reception from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 11 to meet the photographer who, through her exhibition, “Polly Gaillard: Framing Family”, asks…
When asked about this current work, Gaillard said, “In this exhibition, Framing Family, I’ve chosen to explore family through images in different ways. I investigate my relationship with my daughter post-divorce, my aging parents, old family snapshots that I’ve reimagined through Photoshop and lastly, self-portraits (myself as part of family or as separate than family). The different styles of investigation through the camera – black and white, color, aluminum prints and lomography images are my method of relaying feelings and questions about the moment and connection and disconnection to family. It may be murky like memory, clear and colorful as a humorous moment or in black and white abstracted where the mood is difficult to define. I believe photographing people around me gives me a better understanding of relationships and humanity; in this case my family is the exploration. I want to study the struggles, the awkward moments and my connection and relationship to these specific individuals. It also may be an attempt to hold onto the moments and never let go of them via the photograph.”
The Greenville Dance Festival, on October 4th at Fine Arts Center and Wade Hampton High School, is for dancers to come together as a community, broaden their experiences in dance and to meet other dancers who share the same passion for dance. The Festival is for dancers and members of the community in the Upstate and will conclude with an informal performance.
The ages for the Festival are from grades 4-adult and the goal is to offer many styles of dance including Modern/Contemporary, African, Salsa, Classical Indian, Stage Combat, Slavic Folk Dance, Alexander Technique, Graham Technique, Pilates with Props, and of course Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Improvisation among others.
5-6 classes will be offered during each of the 5 one-hour sessions. Professional Development for Teachers with Greenville County Schools is available for several classes. Details and registration here or contact Jan Woodward, Dance Chair, Fine Arts Center.
Emrys has launched the 31st Emrys Journal. Published annually since our organization was founded in 1983, it now receives national and international submissions. This issue includes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from traditional to experimental. The Journal’s caliber continues to increase, publishing both emerging and established, award-winning writers. Selections in the 2014 Journal range from haunting to hilarious and everything in between.
Terresa Haskew‘s new chapbook, Breaking Commandments is a collection of 25 poems including “Ursa Major,” winner of the Emrys 2013 Nancy Dew Taylor First Prize for Poetry. You may purchase Breaking Commandments from Fiction Addiction or from Terresa’s author page on Main Street Rag. You may contact the author at TerresaHaskew@yahoo.com.
James and Deborah Fallows of The Atlantic visited the Governor’s School as part of their on-line series for the magazine. After the visit, Deborah asked the creative writers to contribute essays about their Govie experiences. She has chosen three of the pieces to feature on The Atlantic.com. This is a huge honor for Cameron Messinides, Shelley Hucks and Jackson Trice, students of Scott Gould. Here’s a link to their work on an international stage: The Atlantic
Ruminate Magazine has nominated Emrys Journal editor, Lindsey DeLoach Jones, for her essay “Fall in Love, Lourdemie”, published in Issue 28, Not Forgotten, and runner up in the 2013 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize.
Current Emrys president, Anna Katherine Freeland, and past-president, Carol Gallagher, are two of the most involved and energetic individuals of the women and men on the Emrys board. An article in the January 2014 issue of Fête Magazine gives just a sample of their many activities.
The EMRYS READING ROOM will host George Singleton, author of two novels and six collections of short stories, most recently Between Wrecks, by Dzanc Books. Singleton will read from his work at Gringo’s Cafe on September 22nd at 7 pm. He is a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, and the 2011 winner of the Hillsdale Award for Fiction by The Fellowship of Southern Writers. His stories have appeared in the “Atlantic Monthly,” “Harper’s,” “Playboy,” “Zoetrope,” “Georgia Review,” “Southern Review,” “Virginia Quarterly Review,” “Shenandoah,” “Oxford American,” “Kenyon Review,” “Epoch,” “Glimmer Train,” “Mid-American Review,” “Ontario Review,” “New England Review,” and elsewhere. His work has been anthologized in nine editions of New Stories from the South. He now holds John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College.