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Fall Festival of Authors set for Oct. 13 20

Novelist Masha Hamilton, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and University of South Carolina Emmy-winning poet Kwame Dawes will be the featured writers at the University of South Carolina’s annual Fall Festival of Authors in October.

All three will read from their works and sign books. The events, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. Hamilton’s reading and talk will be featured Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Currell College auditorium. Collins will be featured Thursday, Oct. 15, in Lumpkin Auditorium of The Darla Moore School of Business, and Dawes will be featured Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Currell College auditorium.

The Fall Festival of Authors is sponsored by the department of English and Thomas Cooper Library. For more information, go to the Web site- - or call the library at 803-777-3142.

Hamilton has written four acclaimed novels, including “31 Hours,” released this year and an Indie Choice pick by independent booksellers. She is founder of two world literacy programs: the Camel book Drive, founded in 2007 to supply The Camel Bookmobile in Kenya, and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, founded this year to foster creative and intellectual exchange between Afghan women writers and American women writers and teachers. As a journalist, Hamilton has worked for the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, reporting from the Middle East, Russia, Africa and Afghanistan.

Collins is an award-winning poet and a former U.S. Poet Laureate (2004 – 06). He has published several collections of poetry, including “Questions About Angels,” “The Art of Drowning,” “Picnic,” “Lightning,” “Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes,” “Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems,” “Nine Horses,” “The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems” and, most recently, “Ballistics.” He has earned numerous prestigious fellowships and many notable prizes, including multiple awards from Poetry magazine and the first Mark Twain Award from the Poetry Foundation for humorous poetry. He is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Dawes, the author of 13 books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction and drama, won an Emmy Award Sept. 21 for the Web-based project, “Hope: Living & Loving with HIV in Jamaica.” His collection, “Hope’s Hospice,” was released in May. He has earned many awards for his poetry, including the Forward Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, the Pushcart Prize and the Poetry Business Award. In South Carolina, he was inducted into the S.C. Academy of Authors and was honored with an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governors Award for the Arts. Dawes is poet-in-residence and the Louise Fry Scudder Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he has taught since 1995. He also is the university’s executive director of the Arts Institute and the South Carolina Poetry Initiative.

Fall Festival of Authors

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 -- Masha Hamilton
  • Thursday, oct. 15 -- Billy Collins
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 -- Kwame Dawes

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 09/30/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 09/30/09 @ 5:03 PM | Permalink