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The Velo Fellow  1 Agusta St. #126 Greenville, SC 29601

The Velo Fellow
1 Agusta St. #126
Greenville, SC 29601

Reading Rooms feature a published local/regional writer. Event is on the 4th Monday of the month and starts at 7:00 p.m at The Velo Fellow.  See specific dates below. Come early to select your seat, grab a drink and mingle. 

Fall 2019: Monday, August 26; Monday, September 23; Monday, October 28
Spring 2020 : Monday, January 27; Monday, February 24; Monday, March 23; Monday, April 27 (Young Voices)

Previous Reading rooms:


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, March 25, 2019 - Bad Poet Reading 

It’s Emrys’ first “Bad Poets” Reading Room when high literature meets the Gong Show! 

$10 suggested door donation

How does it work? 

  • We take the first 15 people who sign-up online (the readers) as well as those on a waiting list

  • Readers find the best bad poems (see links below) and practice 

  • Readers register at the event by 6:45 pm (doors open at 6:30, event starts at 7pm, and we’ve a suggested $10 door donation)

  • Readers read their 3 to 4 minute poem   

  • Three professional judges rank the bad poets and the Top 3 go home with a prize

  • Audience attendees may help influence judges decisions so bring supporters 

Bad poetry is a genre best emulated by Julia A. Moore (aka the Sweet Singer of Michigan) and Scotland's William Topaz McGonagall and is celebrated via bad poet porch parties across the US. Don’t miss the one Emrys is hosting!


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