Playwright Jim Grimsley will be featured speaker at Sandhills Writers Conference
Free public readings will feature authors participating in the 30th annual Sandhills Writers Conference March 17-19 at ASU.
Prize winning Atlanta novelist and playwright Jim Grimsley will be the featured speaker at the conference. His keynote address, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, in 101 Galloway Hall. Mr. Grimsley is the author of seven acclaimed novels, including Kirith Kirim, Comfort and Joy, and most recently, The Ordinary, in addition to 18 full-length plays. His awards include the George Oppenheimer Award for best new American playwright and the Sue Kaufman Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. Grimsley is the current chair of the creative writing program at Emory University.
Other featured authors include Atlanta-based poet Thomas Lux; singer-songwriter Sheri Kling; poet-novelist Jesse Kercheval; script writer Stevan Clements, ASU’s Cree-Walker Distinguished Professor of Communications; poet-novelist Anthony Kellman, professor of English in ASU's Department of Languages, Literature, and Communications; and fiction writer Geoffrey Philp. Free readings, book signings, and discussions on the writer’s craft in the major literary genres will be on Thursday, March 17, at 4:45 p.m., and Friday, March 18, at 4:45 p.m. in 101 Galloway Hall.
Other highlights include a song lyric workshop by Sheri Kling, who will also be performing a free concert at Le Café du Teau on Thursday, March 17, at 9 p.m. and a free open-mic readings by participants and members of the public at 101 Galloway Hall on Friday, March 18, at 9 p.m.
The Sandhills Writers Conference is funded, in part, by the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Greater Augusta Arts Council, the ASU Foundation, the Jean DeWitt Fitz Memorial Fund, the City of Augusta, the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., and the Mary Lu Kuhl Writing Scholarships. Registration for conference participants is required, except for the free readings.
For more information, contact the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communications at 737-1500.
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