The Reading Room invites published regional writers, poets, novelists and essayists to share from their work then join in an audience initiated Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy dinner, coffee or a drink prior to the reading. Authors’ books also will be available for purchase and signing.

Monday, January 23, 7pm: Elizabeth Cox and Diana Pinckney

 M Judson Bookstore, 130 S. Main St., Greenville

Elizabeth Cox has published novels, short stories, and poetry.  Her poetry has appeared in Kentucky Review, The Southern Review, The Oxford American, The Atlantic Monthly, among others. Her short stories have been cited for excellence in both Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Press.  One story, “Third of July” was chosen for The O. Henry Award Collection. Other stories have been read on NPR and Symphony Space by Joan Allen.  She has published four novels and was awarded the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction in 2013 by Fellowship of Southern Writers, and inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Cox taught creative writing at Duke University for 17 years. She held the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at UMass-Lowell, and taught at MIT in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. She also taught for 10 years in the Bennington Writing Seminars and for six years at Wofford College, sharing the John Cobb Chair with her husband C. Michael Curtis. She is presently not teaching and spends her time working on a book of essays, a book of stories, and a new novel

A native of South Carolina, longtime Charlotte resident, Diana Pinckney is the winner of the 2010 Ekphrasis Prize and Atlanta Review’s 2012 International Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize five times. Cream City Review, Crucible and Persimmon Tree are among the journals that have given her awards. Published in RHINO, Cave Wall, Arroyo, Green Mountains Review, Tar River Poetry, The Pedestal magazine, Iodine, Jacar anthologies and other journals and anthologies, Pinckney has five books of poetry, including 2015’s The Beast and The Innocent. Her first collection won contests from South and North Carolina presses.  

 Monday, February 27th @ 7 pm: Morri Creech and Allen Rossi

 M Judson Bookstore, 130 S. Main St., Greenville

Morri Creech is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of which, The Sleep of Reason (Waywiser, 2013), was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. A recipient of NEA and Ruth Lilly Fellowships, as well as grants from the North Carolina and Louisiana Arts councils, he is the Writer in Residence at Queens University of Charlotte.


Alan Rossi's stories have been published or are forthcoming in Granta, The Atlantic, The Missouri Review, New England Review, The Florida Review, and many other journals. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an O. Henry Prize. He teaches fiction at the South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities and lives in Spartanburg with his wife and daughter. 


Monday, March 27th @ 7 pm: Dorianne Laux

The SC Governor’s School for the Arts, Loggia of the Governor's SchoolGreenville

Dorianne Laux's most recent collection, The Book of Men, is the   winner of The Paterson Prize and her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as two fine small press editions: Superman: The Chapbook and Dark Charms. She co-authored the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Among her awards are two Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

Laux's poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Dutch, Afrikaans, and Brazilian Portuguese. Widely anthologized in America, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by then US Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. Laux directs the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member at Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.

Monday, March 27th @ 7 pm: The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and The Fine Arts Center

 M Judson Bookstore, 130 S. Main St., Greenville

Young writers – Student Readings: The emerging talent and young voices of the creative writing students from The Fine Arts Center and The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts share their work!  This is one of our literary community’s favorite yearly readings!