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Join Emrys for the 2018 - 19 Reading Room Series.  Readings feature a published local/regional writer and start at 7:00 p.m at The Velo Fellow,  (Underneath Mellow Mushroom), 1 Augusta St #126, Greenville, SC 29601. Come early to grab a seat, grab a drink and mingle. 


Monday, September 24, 2018 - Thomas McConnell

Thomas McConnell’s novel, The Wooden King, is set in German-occupied Czechoslovakia in the 1940s. His protagonist Vicktor Trn’s life is being stripped away as creeping authoritarianism envelopes his city and his family. In the end, this quiet history professor and man of contemplative pacifism finds himself caught between two titanic armies—the Nazis and the Soviets—and must decide how to save all that he loves.

McConnell’s collection of stories, A Picture Book of Hell and Other Landscapes (Texas Tech University Press, 2005) was nominated for the PEN/Bingham Award and the John Gardner Award for Short Fiction. Educated at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and at the University of Georgia, he is professor of English at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. A Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic for 2005-2006, he taught American literature and creative writing at Masaryk University.

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Monday, October 29, 2018 – Jo Hackl

Jo Hackl’s debut YA novel, Smack Dab In The Middle Of Maybe, is the story of Cricket, a resourceful girl with quite a bit to manage in her young life. Wrestling with the loss of her father and disappearance of her mom, she sets out on an adventure in the nearby woods, surviving by her wits and a battered book of outdoor strategies tucked into the pocket of her father's hunting coat. 

Jo Watson Hackl was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, not far from Ocean Springs, where her favorite artist, Walter Anderson, lived and once painted a secret room. When Jo was eleven, she moved to a real-life ghost town, Electric Mills, Mississippi, and spent the rest of her childhood exploring the woods and encountering signs of the former inhabitants. Mr. Anderson's secret room and the ghost town were Jo's inspiration for this debut novel. Jo lives with her family in Greenville, South Carolina, where she raises fruits, vegetables, and many, many weeds. You can find her online at www.JoHackl.com


Monday, January 28, 2019 – Robert Kendrick

The poems in Robert Lee Kendrick's first full-length collection, What Once Burst With Brilliance, explore their narrators' paths through loss -- unborn children, broken relationships, unfulfilled dreams. They seek healing through encounters with nature -- watching catfish, finding boar tracks, seeing the play of light on winter leaves -- and manual work -- from hanging drywall, to cooking a meal, to restoring a motorcycle.

Robert Lee Kendrick grew up in Illinois and Iowa, but now calls South Carolina home. After earning his M.A. from Illinois State University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, he held a number of jobs, ranging from house painter to pizza driver to grocery store worker to line cook. He now lives in Clemson with his wife and their dogs. His poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Xavier Review, Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, The James Dickey Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and elsewhere. 


Monday, April 29, 2019 – Young Voices


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Welcome our special guests to the Reading Room -young writers from the Governor's School and the Fine Arts Center. This is always one of our most popular Reading Room events. 

Please come out and support these amazingly talented students and the equally amazing programs which nurture their creativity