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Department of English Language and Literature

The Gambrell building at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Writers' Series

Fall Literary Festival authors (L-R), Solmaz Sharif, Kerry Egan, Gene Luen Yang. Beginning Nov 1, 2018
Hear acclaimed authors read their work in person at The Open Book, the Fall Literary Festival, and other series.

Writers' Series at the University of South Carolina

The Open Book

The Open Book, a yearly event, is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and hosted by Elise Blackwell. It is a literary series, public course, and community read all in one. Recent visiting writers include Ian McEwan, Teju Cole, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Chang Rae Lee, and Marilynne Robinson. All events are free and open to the public. 

Fall Literary Festival

The Fall Literary Festival, sponsored by the English Department and the USC Libraries and funded by a generous anonymous donor, brings three or four major authors to campus over the course of a few weeks in October and November. Recent visiting authors include Claudia Rankine, Galway Kinnell, Michael Ondaatje, Etgar Keret, and Louise Glück.

Shark's Parlor

The Shark's Parlor series features visiting writers, MFA students, and faculty.

The Southern Writers Series

The Southern Writers Series, sponsored by the Institute for Southern Studies in collaboration with the Friends of the Richland County Public Library, brings half a dozen writers to Columbia each spring to read and answer questions about their work. Recent visitors include Percival Everett, George Singleton, Dorothy Allison, Daniel Wallace, and Josephine Humphries.


Prosetry is our informal reading series, open to all graduate students who wish to share their creative work.