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 Stories, New Stories from the South, Tin 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.