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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 select your seat, grab a drink and mingle. 


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, February 25, 2019 – Tessa Fontaine

Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a New York Times Editor's pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, an Amazon Editors' Best of the Month featured debut & Amazon Best Books of 2018, an iBooks favorite, and more.

Tessa spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders. Essays about the sideshow won the 2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction, and have appeared in The Rumpus, Hayden's Ferry Review, Autre, and elsewhere. Other work can be found in Glamour, The Believer, LitHub, FSG's Works in Progress, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, [PANK], Brevity, and more.

Raised outside San Francisco, Tessa got her MFA from the University of Alabama and is currently a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of Utah. She's received awards and fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Taft Nicholson Center, Writing by Writers, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and taught for the New York Timessummer journeys as well as founding a Salt Lake City Writers in the Schools program. She currently lives in South Carolina with her fella and pup. 

Around the country, she has performed her one-woman plays in theatres ranging from New York to San Francisco. The scar on her cheek from a 2am whip act is slowly fading. 


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