Alexander Chee to Headline Writers Weekend 2022

Bestselling author Alexander Chee will be the featured speaker for the 10th anniversary of Writers Weekend, slated for January 27 & 28, 2022 at Augusta University. Chee’s virtual reading and craft talk will be free and open to the public. Details are forthcoming.

Alexander Chee is most recently the author of the widely celebrated essay collection, How To Write An Autobiographical Novel (Mariner Books, 2018), named a Best Book of 2018 by TIME, the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Wired, Esquire, Buzzfeed, New York Public Library, Boston Globe, The Paris Review, Mother Jones, and Out Magazine, among others. Two of the essays were included in Best American Essays 2016 and Best American Essays 2019. His novel The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) was a national bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and was praised as “a brilliant performance” in the Washington Post. Chee’s debut novel Edinburgh (Welcome Rain, 2001) was named a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year, and won the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s Michener Copernicus Prize in Fiction, the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Editor’s Choice Prize, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Literary Award. His reviews, essays and stories have appeared recently in T MagazineThe New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New Republic, and The Sewanee Review.

A 2021 United States Artists Fellow and a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction this yearhis other awards and fellowships include a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose, a 2010 MCCA Fellowship in prose, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Chee is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

Writers Weekend 2020 Schedule

Unless otherwise specified, all events are free and open to the public, and will be held in University Hall on Augusta University’s Summerville Campus.

Thursday, January 23

6-8 PM Juli Berwald: A Reading
Book signing to follow
Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans, GA 30809

Friday, January 24

2-3 PM “The Art of Book Design,” a Craft Talk with Meg Reid (Open to AU students) Room E227, Allgood Hall
7 PM Peter Heller: A Reading
A dessert reception, held in memory of Tom Sutherland and given by the Authors Club of Augusta, will follow.
Room 170, University Hall

Saturday, January 25

9 AM-5 PM Pop – up Shop: The Book Tavern University Hall Lobby
9-10 AM “Science as Muse in Creative Nonfiction,” a Craft Talk with Juli Berwald University Hall 248
9-10 AM “Writing and Publishing your First Novel,” a Craft Talk with Angie Kim University Hall 170
10:15-11:15 AM “In Defense of Beauty,” a Craft Talk with Ada Limón University Hall 248
10:15-11:15 AM
“Writing History,” a Craft Talk with Jessica Handler University Hall 224
11:30-12:45 PM “The Benefits of Small Press Publishing” with Meg Reid
Lunch provided—first come, first served.
University Hall 170
1-2 PM “What We Think About When We Think About Writing: The Five Touchstones,” a Craft Talk with Peter Heller University Hall 248
1-2 PM A reading with Juli Berwald
Book signing to follow
University Hall 224
2:15-3:15 PM A reading with Angie Kim & Jessica Handler
Book signings to follow
University Hall 170
3:30-4:30 PM A reading with Ada Limón
Book signing to follow
University Hall 170
7 PM Open Mic The Book Tavern, 936 Broad St. Augusta, GA 30901

Sunday, January 26

1-3 PM Peter Heller: A Reading
Book signing to follow
Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans, GA 30809

Register for Writers Weekend here.

Announcing the 2019 African American Read-In

The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Augusta University is pleased to announce the 2019 African American Read-In, an event that encourages the community to read literature written by African American authors.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 14th, from 9 AM- 3 PM, in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom, on AU’s Summerville Campus. This year’s featured speaker is science/Afro-Futurist writer Bill Campbell. Mr. Campbell will discuss his work and its connection to social activism from 1:15-2:30 PM .

The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement and the Black Student Union are co-sponsors for this event.

As in past years, volunteer readers (or performers) are needed. To sign-up: http://signup.com/go/mrJTtCd. You do not need to be a member of the AU community to participate.

Writers Weekend 2019: Schedule of Events

Friday, January 25th

7 PM Keynote Reading with Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Jaguar Student Activities Center (JSAC) Ballroom

A book signing and reception will follow.

Saturday, January 26th

10 AM-5 PM Pop-up Shop: The Book Tavern, Coffeehouse (JSAC)

9-10 AM Poetry Craft Talk with Stephanie Kartalopoulos, Butler Room (JSAC)

9-10 AM Fiction Craft Talk with Laura Leigh Morris, Hardy Room (JSAC)

10:15-11:15 AM “How do we Translate Emotions?,”with Frank Iodice & Dr. Giada Biasetti, Butler Room (JSAC)

10:15-11:15 AM “Why I Write Memoir” with Cinelle Barnes, Hardy Room (JSAC)

11:30-12:45 PM Lunch & Learn: A Publishing Talk featuring Eric Smith, Managing Editor for the Sewanee Review, Coffeehouse (JSAC)

Lunch will be provided–first come, first served.

1-2 PM Translation Craft Talk with Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Hardy Room  (JSAC)

1-2:30 PM Screening of Love & Friendship, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre (MPAT)

2:45-3:45 PM Q&A with Whit Stillman, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre

2:45-3:45 PM A Reading featuring Cinelle Barnes and Laura Leigh Morris, Coffeehouse (JSAC)

Book signings to follow.

4-5 PM A Reading featuring Eric Smith and Stephanie Kartalopoulos, Coffeehouse (JSAC)

Book signings to follow.

5-7 PM Dinner on your own

7:30 PM Theatre AU Presents Here to Get my Baby Out of Jail*, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre

*Tickets required.

Sunday, January 27th

2 PM Concert with Fiona Sze-Lorrain, JSAC Ballroom.

Unless otherwise specified, all events listed below are free and open to the publicAll events will take place on Augusta University’s Summerville Campus: 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904. Click here for a map.

Announcing Writers Weekend 2019

Writers Weekend is Augusta University’s annual spring creative writing conference. This year’s event, held in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Fanning, Professor Emerita of English, will feature authors who specialize in translation and literary adaptations. Visiting writers will offer readings and a variety craft talks–all free and open to the public.

Announcing the 2018 Sand Hills Writers Series

This year’s Sand Hills Writers Series will take place on Monday, October 15, at 2 PM in the Coffeehouse of the Jaguar Student Activities Center, located on Augusta University’s Summerville Campus. Featured authors this year include poet Vievee Francis and writer Holly Goddard Jones. A book signing and reception will follow the authors’ reading. The Book Tavern will have copies of each authors’ books available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Vievee Francis was born in West Texas. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan in 2009, and she received a Rona Jaffe Award the same year. She is the author of Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books, 2015), winner of the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award; Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize; and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006). The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Kresge Foundation, Francis currently serves as an editor for Callaloo and teaches English and creative writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Holly Goddard Jones is the author of The Next Time You See Me and Girl Trouble(stories). Her work has appeared in The Best American Mystery StoriesNew Stories from the SouthTin House magazine, and elsewhere. She was a recipient of The Fellowship of Southern Writers’ Hillsdale Prize for Excellence in Fiction and of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She earned her M.F.A. from Ohio State University and her B.A. from the University of Kentucky. She teaches creative writing at UNC Greensboro and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Brandon, and their children.

Writers Weekend to feature author Rebecca Skloot, actress Karyn Parsons

The Creative Writing Program at Augusta University will celebrate African American stories and writers during its 2018 Writers Weekend conference in February.

Now in its sixth consecutive year, Writers Weekend features award-winning authors and teachers who discuss elements of craft and share their original creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

This year’s keynote speaker is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Skloot (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). Featured presenters include actress Karyn Parsons, and poets and writers George Ella Lyon, Tony Grooms, Sean Hill, and Ashley M. Jones. Local authors Tonya Marie Agerton, Tom Robertson, and Bob Young will also speak at the event.

The keynote event takes place at Augusta University’s Lee Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, and features a moderated conversation and Q & A session, followed by a reception and book signing.

The next day, local schools will host Karyn Parsons, actress and founder of Sweet Blackberry, whose mission is to share stories of African American achievement with children.

The remaining events—a series of craft talks, readings, and book signings—will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, in University Hall on Augusta University’s Summerville Campus.

This year’s conference honors the late Dr. Marya DuBose Free. A Professor of English and an Associate Chair of the former Department of Languages, Literature, and Communications at Augusta University, she was a champion for children’s literature.

These events are being organized by Anna Harris-Parker, an assistant professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Augusta University. For more information regarding these events, visit literaryaugusta.com or contact Harris-Parker at 706-729-2508 or aharrisparker@augusta.edu.

The Cinema Series at Augusta University to Honor the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks 

The Cinema Series at Augusta University will honor the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks with two special screenings in January.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an Emmy-nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and based on the award-winning book by Rebecca Skloot, will be screened on Wednesday, Jan. 17.  The screenings are free and scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

Arguably one of the most important women in medical history, Lacks changed medical research in 1951 when her cells were taken from her cervical cancer biopsy without her knowledge or approval. These cells, known as “HeLa” cells, were the first to be medically reproduced and are still widely used in medical research today.

In February, Augusta University, in collaboration with Paine College and the Columbia County Library, will host Skloot and members of the Lacks Family for several events around the CSRA.

The first event takes place at the Columbia County Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, featuring a moderated conversation and Q & A session, followed by a reception and book signing.

The next day, Paine College will host the Lacks family for a meet and greet at Candler Library at 11 a.m., with lunch being served on a “first come, first served” basis.

The final event will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Lee Auditorium on the AU Health Sciences Campus, featuring a moderated conversation and Q & A session, followed by a reception and book signing.

These events are being organized by Jim Minick and Anna Harris-Parker, both assistant professors in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Augusta University.

For more information regarding these events, Jim Minick can be reached at (706) 737-1500 or jminick@augusta.edu, or contact the Columbia County Library at (706) 863-1946.

# # #