Thank You for Your Support

We would like to extend our thanks, gratitude, and appreciation of the following people for their help in making the Festival a wonderful success:

The English Department plans and advises the Festival every year; and their advice and creativity make it the wonderful event it is.

This year Professor Nicole Stamant coordinated the state-wide writing contest in four genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing.

Thank you to the judges who selected the finalists for the contest: Crystal Boson for poetry; William Boyle for short fiction; Anya Groner for creative non-fiction; and Jacqueline Goldfinger for one-act plays.

Many thanks also go to Julia Lutgendorf and Nicholyn Hutchinson of the Office of Marketing and Communications for their help with design, social media, and marketing

Special thanks to Professor Alan Grostephan for his stewardship of the Writers’ Festival Practicum. And especially to the students in the practicum: Natalie Martinez, Anastasia McCray, Eva Rosen, Naomi Smith-George, and Jillian Speck who edited the magazine; Maya McKenzie and Anastasia Rogers, the design editors; Abigail Biles, Bailey Cochran, and Brittany Gilliland, the marketing consultants; Ellaree Yeagley who created the cover art.

I would also like to express gratitude to the Center for Writing and Speaking for hosting the reading for Agnes Scott’s contest finalists on Tuesday.

Special thanks to Susan Dougherty  in the Office of Faculty Services.

And Demetrice Williams Senior Director of Special Events and Community Relations, without whom we are nothing. This year she has been ably assisted by Shakeyla Ingram and Kanisha Dennis.

We would also like to extend special thanks the facilities, dining hall, and custodial staffs.

Thank you also to our guest authors Claudia Rankine, Patrick Phillips, and Kayla Miller, who hosted workshops, selected the contest winners, and gave amazing presentations of their work. Additional thanks to Patrick Phillips, who instructed a creative non-fiction course during the week for Agnes Scott students.

Finally, thank you to each student, finalist, and guest in attendance at the events. We appreciate your support and look forward to hosting you again for next year’s Festival.

Another Successful Festival

Thank you to everyone for another successful Writers’ Festival! We had amazing turnouts at each event, great audience questions, and lots of books signed. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Festival and hear our amazing guests.

Agnes Scott Finalists’ Reading

Tuesday April 5, 2016

Festival Guest Q&A Session

Thursday, April 6

Patrick Phillips’ Reading

Thursday, April 6

Claudia Rankine Reading and Contest Winner Announcement

Thursday, April 6

Kayla Miller Reading

Friday, April 7

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Finalist Workshop with Guest Writers

Friday, April 7

2017 Writers’ Festival Events

We are very excited about this year’s distinguished guests, and we hope that you join us for one or more of the public events listed below.
Please note that each of these events are free and open to the public, with no ticket required.

Reading by Agnes Scott Student Finalists in the Writers’ Festival Contest
Tuesday, April 4, 5 p.m.
Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center

Q&A With Claudia Rankine, Patrick Phillips, and Kayla Miller `11
Thursday, April 6, 1 p.m.
Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center

Reading by Patrick Phillips
Reception and book signing to follow
Thursday, April 6, 4 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

Reading by Claudia Rankine 
Reception and book signing to follow
Thursday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

Reading by Kayla Miller ’11
Reception and book signing to follow
Friday, April 7, 2 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

 

 

2016 Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Guests

The forty-fifth annual Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival will be held April 7-8, 2016. This year we will have three distinguished guest writers on campus to speak to the public: Richard Blanco, Dani Shapiro, and Charleen McClure.

blanco_pressimage1Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf MotelDirections to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.

shapiro_author11-200x270An acclaimed literary novelist and nonfiction writer, Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of three memoirs, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life (2013); Devotion; and Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy. Her five acclaimed novels include Family History and Black & White, both of which are in development as feature films.

 

charleen mcclureCharleen McClure is a young poet currently residing in New York City. She was born to Jamaican parents in London, England and later immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor’s in English-Literature, she moved abroad to teach in Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. Since moving to New York City, she’s become part of the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and has participated in various Cave Canem workshops. Her work has been published in African Voices magazine.

Please join Richard Blanco, Dani Shapiro, and Charleen McClure for the following events:

Q & A with Richard Blanco, Dani Shapiro, and Charleen McClure ’10
Thursday, April 7, 1 p.m.
Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Student Center

Reading by Dani Shapiro
Reception and booksigning to follow
Thursday, April 7, 4 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

Reading by Richard Blanco
Reception and booksigning to follow
Thursday, April 7, 8 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

Reading by Charleen McClure ’10
Reception and booksigning to follow
Friday, April 8, 2 p.m.
Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

All of these events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.