Emrys Administrative Assistant since 2012, Bonnie Adamson appears in TOWN Magazine in her alter ego as a children’s book illustrator. A lifelong dream brought to fruition, Bonnie is now a widely known and respected artist in her field. She is the assistant advisor and illustrator coordinator for the Carolinas for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Let Bonnie tell you her own story in TOWN Magazine, page 77.
The Emrys Foundation is seeking applicants for its annual Alice Conger Patterson Scholarship. This award encourages South Carolinians to pursue continuing education in the arts, develop a creative endeavor to enhance a career in the arts, or assist in a career change to the arts. Preference will be given to endeavors involving the literary arts.
Adults 35 years of age or older who are S.C. residents and U.S. citizens are eligible.
Applications should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 16, 2013, 11:59 p.m. EDT with the subject line: Scholarship submission for [your name]. Reference letters should be sent directly to that same address by the reference writer with the subject line: Scholarship recommendation for [your name]. Complete details here. If you have any questions you may direct them to email@example.com.
Only a few places left…reserve yours today! Contact Nancy Taylor to sign up or if you have questions.
Date: June 22
Time: 10-noon; bag lunch noon – 1:00; 1:00 – 3:00
What: A critiquing workshop (each participant submits, one week before the workshop, one poem for Cathy to critique and perhaps talk about with the group). Part of the time will be generating some new material, based on Cathy’s “Abiding Image” idea…an image from your past that has stayed with you ever since.
Cost: to be determined based on number of participants.
The annual Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Prizes have been awarded to Valerie Norris in fiction and Alex Hubbard in poetry. The contest, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and the Emrys Foundation, is open to adults in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties.
Alex Hubbard of Spartanburg won the poetry contest for a set of three poems. He is a senior English major at Wofford College. Of his work, the judge said, “I find all three poems deeply moving, painfully honest, and masterfully crafted. These poems instruct and inspire me.” Second place in poetry went to Terresa Haskew of Greenville, a poet and fiction writer who also has received first prize in the 2010 Press 53 Open Awards. The third place poetry winner was Alice Baird of Greenville, who serves as development communications director and editor of publications at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville.
The winner in the short story contest was Valerie Keiser Norris, a Greenville fiction writer who is a former winner of the Carrie McCrae Literary Award. Of her winning story, the judge said, “With gut-wrenching intensity, ‘Simple Roast Chicken’ explores the pain of a young couple who have lost their infant daughter. The final scene, which combines cooking imagery with tactile memories of bathing the dead child, is horrible and beautiful at the same time. Masterfully written.” Second place in fiction went to Joe Bodie of Greer, a writer, musician, and artist, for a story called “Summer Storms.” The third place winner was Terresa Haskew.
First place winners of these contests receive a scholarship to the week-long Wildacres Writers Workshop in Little Switzerland, N.C. in July. Second and third place winners receive full or partial scholarships to Hub City’s Writing in Place conference July 12-14. The judge in the fiction contest was novelist Andrew Geyer, a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of South Carolina Aiken and author of the novel Dixie Fish. The judge for the poetry contest was Cathy Smith Bowers of Tryon, a past poet laureate of North Carolina and author of the poetry collection Like Shining from Shook Foil.
The Hub City Writers Project is a non-profit organization in Spartanburg dedicated to cultivating readers and nurturing writers through its independent small press, community bookstore, and diverse literary programming that serves our community and beyond. The Emrys Foundation, based in Greenville, nurtures creativity among emerging and established writers.
Emrys board member Alisa Caldwell leads African Dance for Beginners. West African drum and dance classes on Tuesdays through May 28th, (no class on 2nd Tuesdays), 6:30-7:30 pm at the West Greenville Community Center on Rochester Street. Cost is $10 per session for city residents, $50 for the entire course. Slightly higher for non-residents.
Sunday, April 7th at 2 pm, at the Greenville County Museum of Art, the museum and the Emrys Foundation will present a book of Helen DuPré Moseley’s paintings accompanied by poems her fanciful images have inspired. Don’t miss this engaging afternoon of original music and poetry surrounded by Moseley’s artwork.
Emrys is very proud of this exceptional book, a project that is part of the celebration of our thirtieth anniversary. Our partnership with the Greenville County Museum on Hearing Helen takes the place of our tradition of working together to publish a special collaborative Emrys Journal every five years. The following Emrys poets participated in the project: Jack Kristiansen (Bill Aarnes), Gilbert Allen, Jan Bailey, Claire Bateman, Marian Willard Blackwell, Elizabeth Drewry, Keller Cushing Freeman, Jo Watson Hackl, Sue Lile Inman, Mark Johnston, Glenis Redmond, Bill Rogers, Nancy Dew Taylor, Jo Ann Walker, Philip Waff Whitley, Betty Henry Young. The celebration also includes original music by composers Jon Jeffrey Grier and Sally Wyche Coenen. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Governor’s School and Fine Arts Center senior readings will take place Monday night, April 22nd, 7pm at The Loft at Falls Park above Ford’s Oyster House. Admission free to all. Please come early, purchase food and drink, then hear the best of Greenville’s young writers.
Jo Hackl, president of Emrys and securities attorney with the Wyche Law Firm, was picked, along with Greenville County Council member Xanthene Norris, and Nancy Whitworth, the city of Greenville’s director of economic development, for the ATHENA Leadership Award®, sponsored by Certus Bank. The award honors individuals who assist women in reaching their leadership potential and demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession.