The Emrys Foundation Board of Directors 2018 - 2019

President: Carol Young Gallagher, Secretary: Jerry Salley, Treasurer: Kylie Felker, Past President: Vera Gómez

The Emrys Foundation announces the resignation of Board President, Arthur McMaster effective September, 2018. We wish Arthur well in his retirement and thank him for his service to Emrys as a board member and also as president.

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Claire Bateman came to Greenville in 1996 to teach at the Fine Arts Center, and has taught and given readings at Clemson University, Converse College, and Chattanooga State as well as at various workshops, conferences, festivals, and readings series such as Mount Holyoke, Bread Loaf, Ohio State University, the High Plains Literary Festival in Billings, Montana, the Block Island Poetry Project, the Meacham Conference, and Piccolo Spoleto. She graduated from Kenyon College (BA) and Vermont College (MFA), and has received grants from the NEA, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Metropolitan Arts Council, and Surdna. Her newest poetry collection, Wonders of the Invisible World, is forthcoming as a combined venture from 42 Miles Press and Wolfson Press in Indiana, and she has authored eight other books, most recently Scape (New Issues Poetry & Prose, Kalamazoo).  This year, she is the managing editor for the Emrys chapbook contest and works in the outreach program, helping to lead the writers' group at the Cancer Institute with GHS.  She is delighted to be a part of Emrys as it grows along with the city, and sees much potential for adventure for all.


Adrienne Burris is the founding director of Greenville Wordsmiths, a nonprofit empowering children to discover their creative voices through writing. She has been developing and implementing innovative programs for young people since 2008, using her background as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist to intentionally serve children with special educational needs. In Fall 2018, she became the first ARMES Creative Writing Instructor at the Fine Arts Center. Adrienne graduated from Clemson University (2010) with a B.A. in English, then earned her M.A. Writer/Teacher with Distinction at Goldsmiths, University of London (2015). 

Michael Crowley is a native of Charleston. Michael and his wife, Elizabeth, have lived in Greenville for over thirty years. While practicing medicine he served several terms as a Medical Staff officer for the Greenville Health System and a board member and board chairman of Camperdown Academy. After retiring, he joined the volunteer faculty of USC School of Medicine Greenville. With retirement he started writing poetry and short stories. Emrys has provided a conduit to a community of writers who provide both criticism and inspiration.

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Kylie Kotowski Felker is the Chief Operating Officer for Foster Victor Wealth Advisors where she focuses on providing progressive solutions for the growing financial services firm. Kylie grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Greenville to attend Furman University. Kylie met and married her husband Justin in Greenville, and the couple is proud to call the city home. When she isn’t out and about enjoying vibrant Main Street, Kylie enjoys eating, reading and giving back to the community.

Carol Young Gallagher is a longtime Emrys member, Board member and past president of the Board.  She grew up in Anderson, attended Agnes Scott College, where she majored in English and received her Masters degree in Education at Wheelock College in Boston, MA. She worked at the Children’s Program at Marshall I. Pickens Hospital for eighteen years, retiring as Director of that program, when her son was born.  Also trained in Family Mediation and teaching Peer Mediation, she continued to consult part-time after she retired from the hospital system. Carol spent two years making pottery between receiving her Masters degree and moving to Greenville and holds onto the possibility that she will return to that hobby in the future.  A longtime attendee of Sue Inman’s writing workshops, she enjoys writing.  For the last four years she has devoted time to The Writers Block Project with Anna Katherine Freeland, facilitating creative writing workshops at Perry Correctional Institution, where they published a book, and more recently at Leath. She is married to Brooks Gallagher and, In addition to their son, they have two other adult children and five grandchildren.

Vera Gómez is a firm believer in the power of words. She is a workshop facilitator, performance poet, and a teaching poet through Greenville's SmartArts' program. Vera is also a founding member of the first Greenville Poetry Slam team that won Southeast Regionals in 1998 and competed as the first, all-woman team at Nationals in 1997 and 1998. Her collection of poems, Barrio Voices, was published by Stepping Stone Press in 2008. Her poetry has appeared in Yemassee; KaKaLak: Anthology of Carolina Poets; Millennial Sampler/South Carolina Poetry Anthology; Ties That Bind and Quintet. An upcoming essay will be released in October of 2015 in State of the Heart: Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume II. Her website is


Chris Haire is a long-time alt-weekly editor and writer. During his two decade-career in newspapers, Chris served as an arts and entertainment critic, humorist, and political commentator. Mostly, he's just a guy who once specialized in barbecuing sacred cows over a flaming pit of righteous indignation and devilish just-messing-with-ya. (P.S. Mustard sauce is an abomination.) He has worked at the Charleston City Paper, Honolulu Weekly, and Creative Loafing-Greenville, in addition to writing for scores of altweeklies and appearing on the BBC, CBC radio, and NPR. Under a pen name, Chris has cobbled together a fictional autobiography about the godfather of fake news and is currently putting the finishing touches on a rambling sci-fi detective story about superheroes, sexual perversity, and smart phones. He thinks Jaws is the greatest movie ever made. 


Local legend John Jeter is the author of three books, a musical and a play — and has worked as a copy editor and assistant city editor at two major metropolitan daily newspapers. He writes for various magazines and marketing companies and is currently a contract stringer for The New York Times. John earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He teaches at Converse College and is proud to report one of his students just got her first byline in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal! Oh, and … John appeared, once, on the Oprah Show.

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Glenis Redmond travels nationally and internationally reading and teaching. She has posts as the Poet-in-Residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina, and also at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. Her latest book is published by Press 53, What My Hand Say.

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Jerry Salley An Asheville, N.C., native and Furman University alumnus, Jerry came back to Greenville after falling in love with the town -- and a hometown girl. His writing and editing career, and his lifelong love of the written word wherever it appears, have taken him through several specialties and industries, most recently as managing editor for the Greenville Journal and Upstate Business Journal. He and his wife, Josephine, and their bemused dogs live in downtown Greenville.

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Art Young joined the Emrys Board in 2018. He retired from Clemson University in 2009 as Robert S. Campbell Chair and Professor of English Emeritus at Clemson University. He founded and coordinated (1990-2009) Clemson’s award-winning writing across-the-curriculum program (WAC), a university-wide initiative to improve the communication abilities of all Clemson students. In 2000, Governor Jim Hodges presented him with The Order of the Palmetto in recognition for TIME/Princeton Review selecting Clemson as the Best Public College in the nation on the strength of the WAC program. He has published extensively on Writing Across the Curriculum and in other areas connected to the theory and teaching of writing. At Clemson, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Technical Writing and Composition Theory, and in British Romantic and Victorian Literature. He and his wife and professional partner, Donna Reiss, live in Greenville and are avid supporters of the arts. They volunteer at Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, and the Warehouse Theatre, among other venues.