Join Emrys for the Winter-Spring 2018 Reading Room Series.  Readings feature a local/regional writer and start at 7:00 p.m. at Joe’s Place Bookstore, 2 Williams St, Greenville, SC 29601. Come early to grab a seat, grab a drink and mingle. 


 Kimberly Simms

Kimberly Simms


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Monday, February 26 - Kimberly Simms

Kimberly's literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling, informed by her British and Southern lineage. She is an award-winning poet who entertains and educates with poetry that is both poignant and inspiring.

In her debut book of poems, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill, Kimberly chronicles the lives of textile workers in the Carolina's with historical accuracy and imaginative insight. These are poems of sorrow, joy, and redemption that linger in the heart.

She was the 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-In Residence (Flat Rock, NC); she is a member of the SC Humanities Council’s Speaker’s Bureau and a pioneer in the world of poetry slam.

A graduate of Furman University (BA) and Clemson University (MA), her work has appeared in over 30 literary journals including the Asheville Poetry Review and the Broad River Review. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. She is the proud founder of Wits End Poetry, a non-profit now celebrating 15 years of creating South Carolina poetry events and educational outreach. When not writing, you’ll find Kimberly hiking and raising her chickens. www.kimberlyjsimms.com

 Laura Leigh Morris

Laura Leigh Morris

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Tuesday, March 27 - Laura Leigh Morris

Laura Leigh Morris lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches creative writing and literature at Furman University. Before that, she spent three years as the National Endowment for the Arts/Bureau of Prisons Artist-in-Residence at Bryan Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas. She’s previously published short fiction in Appalachian Heritage, Louisville Review, Notre Dame Review, and other journals.  

Originally from north central West Virginia, all of her fiction is set there, the place she is most at home. From the landscape to the rich variety of people to the long history of resource extraction, the region serves as a rich backdrop to both her life and her stories. Jaws of Life is her first book. She is currently hard at work on her first novel. 


Monday, April 30 - Young Voices

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The graduating seniors from the Creative Writing programs at the Fine Arts Center and the Governor’s School for the Arts are back!  Get ready to hear what the next generation of writers and poets are thinking, writing, and creating!