Monday, December 8, 2014

It's alive!

As you might have noticed, this blog is starting to come alive again. It will be the same. But different. New name, and soon, new format. Right now, however, the best place to track all things literary in the Lowcountry is the Lowcountry Literary Life Facebook page.

My plans? I'll be working to update this blog for long form postings, but everything else, such as announcements of local literary events, calls for submissions, and new book publications, will be on the Facebook page, and, eventually, on Twitter. The goals of this transformed blog will be the same: to be the spot where the Lowcountry literary community comes for news, information, community, and inspiration. 

So, if you have a book coming out soon or a literary event to promote, let me know at amy(dot)hudock(at)tridenttech(dot)edu

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Keith Flynn at Monday Night Poetry and Music March 11

Keith Flynn will be the featured poet at Monday Night Poetry and Music on March 11th.  Keith Flynn ( is the author of six books, including five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994), The Lost Sea (2000), The Golden Ratio (Iris Press, 2007), and the forthcoming Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013), and a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer's Digest Books, 2007). From 1984-1999, he was lyricist and lead singer for the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Cry...stal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie (1992), Pouch (1996), and the spoken-word and music compilation, Nervous Splendor (2003). He is currently touring with a supporting combo, The Holy Men, whose album, LIVE at Diana Wortham Theatre, was released in 2011. His award-winning poetry and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world, including The American Literary Review, The Colorado Review, Poetry Wales, The Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Takahe (New Zealand), Poetry East, The Southern Poetry Review, Margie, Rattle, Shenandoah, Word and Witness: 100 Years of NC Poetry, Crazyhorse, and many others. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, which began publishing in 1994. For more info about Keith Flynn's work, check out:
When: March 11 at 8:00.  Open mic following featured poet. 
Where:  East Bay Meeting House, 160 East Bay St., Charleston, SC
For more information: Go to the Monday Night Poetry and Music Facebook page.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Literary Magazine Moving to New Site

This literary magazine will be moving to a new site. This site will now be publishing under the "Literary Magazine" at the new Trident Times blog, the online student publication of Trident Technical College.  Please head on over there, and "Like" the page so you will continue to get regular updates on local literary events, publications, and publishing opportunities.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crazyhorse Writers Conference Mar 15-18

The College of Charleston campus is one of the most beautiful and historic in America. It is also the home of Crazyhorse, one the most influential and important literary magazines of the last 50 years. This March 15-18, Crazyhorse will be hosting the Crazyhorse Writers Conference right here on campus. 

The Crazyhorse Writers Conference brings together a group of literary artists whose voices are rich and varied, and whose works have been celebrated far and wide. Throughout the weekend, College of Charleston faculty members will present literature, discuss the lives of writers and use the resources that an internationally renowned literary journal has to offer. You can check out the schedule and sessions descriptions for more information.

Anyone who writes, wishes to write, or simply wants to know more about the life of letters, will enjoy this unforgettable opportunity.  Conference registration is $179.  Individual manuscript evaluations are $50.  Register here

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Call for memoir pieces ($200 payment) for Chicken Soup series

Chicken Soup for the Soul® has many books in development and are adding new titles all of the time. They are always looking for new stories and poems and hope you have some for them to consider.  Take a look at the list of their future book topics to see if you have a story or poem on a subject they are looking for and then submit it.

Here Are Our Future Topics:

Hooked on Hockey
If you love hockey, if you play hockey, if you are a hockey fan, we are looking for stories from you! We are looking for stories for this book written by and for hockey fans and families. The book will include stories from everyday hockey players and fans like you, as well as revealing personal stories from some of your favorite NHLers and hockey insiders. The deadline for story and poems submissions is January 30, 2012.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fans of Satire join Stephen Colbert Rally at C of C Jan 20

Stephen Colbert will be coming to Charleston to promote his own personal brand of political satire.  Live5News reports that "Officials with the College of Charleston have confirmed that Stephen Colbert will make an appearance this Friday at the Cistern Yard on George Street.

The George Street Observer, the student official student newspaper of the college, reported on Wednesday that Colbert would be at the Cistern Yard at 1 p.m.  They say he's holding a rally, which is open to the public, regarding his "candidacy."  Read the rest of the article

Colbert has been using techniques common to such satirical greats as Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin to create a mock "candidacy" to protest the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In this ruling, the court stated that political spending was free speech. Thus, corporations and other groups (PACs) can now spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.  The only rule is that  their actions must not be directly coordinated with a candidate’s campaign. Colbert's fictional persona has created his own PAC and mock candidacy to point out problems with the ruling.  C of C students will get to judge the results for themselves on Friday. 

Women Writers Forum at Center for Women Feb 4

AuthorPreneur Lecture
This talk by an experienced author and publisher takes authors through the process of becoming savvy entrepreneurs, learning how to successfully navigate the ever-changing publishing industry for successful branding and maximum profit.

The number one frustration publishers face is authors not treating the industry like the business it is. Many authors see signing on the dotted line as the end and it's really only the beginning of a very long journey. There are many elements involved that come as a surprise to authors. Learn about the real commitment authors are expected to make after the publishing deal is made.  Lily Herndon Weaks, President, The Fig & The Vine Publishing.

February 4
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration required
$25 C4W Members
$35 Non Members
Snacks provided by Costco Wholesale

An Interview with Nikki Hardin, Founder and Publisher of Skirt!

Tuesday, January 31| 6-8 p.m.
French Quarter Inn, 166 Church Street

Nikki Hardin, editor of SKIRT! Magazine. Founded 17 years ago in Charleston SKIRT is now in 5 other major cities across the country. Hardin began it with a few hundred dollars and a dream in 1994. Since then Skirt’s impact has been huge in educating and empowering women to live their best lives. Hardin’s career has taken her through a wide  variety of jobs and life transitions. Jennet Alterman, Executive Director of the Center for Women will interview her about her journey to publishing success.

Registration required: $25 C4W Members/$35 Non Members. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsors: Morgan Stanley, Weight Watchers and SunTrust
Media Sponsor:
Charleston Regional Business Journal

Hospitality Sponsor: French Quarter Inn
Refreshment Sponsor: Tristan

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Short Fiction Contest (deadline Jan 31)

Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award
Deadline: January 31, 2012
Entry Fee: $15
A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given biannually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train Press, Very Short Fiction Award, 4763 SW Maplewood Road, P.O. Box 80430, Portland, OR 97280. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Poetry Society of America contest and fellowships apps due Dec 22

Deadline: December 22, 2011
Entry Fee: $12

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are open to poets 30 or younger living in any of the five boroughs of New York City, and two of the fellowships are open to poets of any age living anywhere in the United States. Lucia Perillo and D. A. Powell will judge the New York City competition and Vijay Seshadri and Dara Wier will judge the national competition. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $12 entry fee by December 22. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Society of America, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003. (212) 254-9628.

Codhill Press Poetry Chapbook Prize

December 10, 2011
Entry Fee: 
A prize of $1,000, 50 author copies, and publication by Codhill Press will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $25 entry fee by December 10. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Codhill Press, Poetry Chapbook Prize, P.O. Box 280, Bloomington, NY 12411. Pauline Uchmanowicz, Contest Coordinator.

Glimmer Train Short Story Contest Due Nov 30

Short Story Award for New Writers

November 30, 2011
Entry Fee: 
A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Submit a story of up to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee during the month of November. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Glimmer Train Press, 1211 NW Glisan Street, Suite 207, Portland, OR 97209. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.

Monday Night Poetry and Music features Sharon L. Charde Nov 28

Monday Night Poetry and Music will feature Sharon L. Charde 8:00-9:00, Monday, Nov 28, at the East Bay Meeting House, followed by open mic. Charde is a retired family therapist and writing teacher who has been published over forty times in journals and anthologies, and has won many awards for her poems, the most recent being first prize in The New Delta Review’s 2010 Matt Clark Contest and first prize in The Poetry Society Of New Hampshire 2011 contest.. She has edited and published an anthology of poetry, I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, the product of her weekly writing workshop at Touchstone, a residential facility for adjudicated teen aged girls in Litchfield CT, where she has volunteered since 1999, She won first prize in the Flume Press 2005 chapbook competition, and her chapbook, Bad Girl At The Altar Rail, was published in September 2005. Four Trees Down From Ponte Sisto, a chapbook collection of poems on her son’s death, won first prize from The Dallas Poets Community in 2006, and Backwaters Press published her full-length collection, Branch In His Hand, in November 2008, which is being adapted as a radio drama by the BBC to be broadcast in 2012. She won the first Litchfield County Inge Morath Award in 2005, given for the significant social impact she has had in the arts, and the “Making A Difference For Women Award” from Soroptimist International of Greater Waterbury, CT in 2007 and was invited to be the 2006 Sower’s Seed speaker at Trinity University in Washington, DC, her alma mater. She has led women’s writing retreats in Lakeville, CT and Block Island, RI since 1990, and has lived in Lakeville since 1970 with her husband John. 

Author Dinner Series Benefits Trident Literacy Association

Charleston, S.C.—November 25, 2011 Evening Post Books and Woodlands Inn will resume the Author Dinner Series on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The dinner features author William P. Baldwin and photographer Selden B. Hill, both of McClellanville, and their new book "The Unpainted South: Carolina’s Vanishing World." 

Evening Post Books will be donating a percentage of all book sales from this event to Trident Literacy Association in Summerville. All proceeds from print sales will also be donated to this organization.

"The Unpainted South" is a book of poetry, songs and photographs celebrating the less-developed areas of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The author and photographer will hold a book signing at the inn from 6-7 p.m. and dinner will follow from 7-9 p.m. Matted and framed prints from the book will also be on sale. Special entertainment will include performances of songs from the book by composer Mindy Burgin.

Dinner will be served in the Dining Room at Woodlands Inn, South Carolina’s only Five Star, Five Diamond restaurant. The chef at Woodlands will prepare a classic Lowcountry meal including three courses.

Dinner packages are $68 per person and include a signed copy of "The Unpainted South." A special $125 room rate is available to guests attending the author dinner. Reservations are required for dinner packages and rooms. For reservations at Woodlands Inn: call 843.308.2115 or email 

Katelin McGory, Director Sales and Marketing

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

English Class to Travel to England and Scotland

Want to earn credit for a literary tour of England and Scotland? This May, students from Trident Technical College will be traveling to England and Scotland. The course  occurs during the condensed Maymester (3 weeks) and involves a 10-day literary tour and classroom time before and after the trip.  Students will write about their experiences as they travel.  Instructors Mike Kirst and Stacey Abbott will be leading the literary tour.  Students will resister for either English 205 or 206, courses that transfer to other colleges and meet the general education literature requirement. Also, non-Trident Tech students can register as "non-degree seeking students." Spaces are still available. The instructors will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9:10 in building 510, room 130 on the Main Campus.  A financial aid advisor will be there to help students with financial questions.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Upcoming Evening Post Books Events

October 2011
1 — The Unpainted South · William P. Baldwin & Selden B. Hill: Book Signing at The Blue Crab Festival, Awendaw · 10:00 a.m.
— Behind God's Back · Herb Frazier featured author at Woodlands’ Author & Dinner Series, 125 Parsons Road, Summerville, SC 29483 · 6-9 p.m.
4  Ken Burger speaking to the Friends of the Berkley County Library, Moncks Corner Library · 7 p.m.
5  Ken Burger speaking at Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club at Turtle Point Golf Club · 6 p.m.
— The Unpainted South · William P. Baldwin & Selden B. Hill: Book Signing at The Preservation Society, 147 King Street, Downtown Charleston · time to be announced
15 — The Unpainted South · William P. Baldwin & Selden B. Hill: Book Signing at Harborwalk Books (during Georgetown's Wooden Boat Show), 723 Front Street, Georgetown, SC · 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
19  Ken Burger speaking at the Manning Rotary Club · 6 p.m.
20  Ken Burger speaking at the Citadel Alumni Meeting, Harbour Club.
22 — Reefer Moon · Roger Pinckney: Book Signing at Michelle's Salon and Spa, 103 East Cooper Street, Folly Beach, SC 29439 · time to be announced
29 — The Unpainted South · William P. Baldwin & Selden B. Hill: Book Signing at Royall Hardware, 883 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant , SC · 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
November 2011
— The Unpainted South · William P. Baldwin & Selden B. Hill featured authors at Woodlands’ Author & Dinner Series, 125 Parsons Road, Summerville, SC 29483 · 6-9 p.m.
12 — The Unpainted South · William P. Baldwin & Selden B. Hill: Author Event & Signing at The Village Museum's Annual Oyster Roast, McClellanville · 6:00 p.m.
15  Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook · Lisa Foster, author & Mary Lou Murray Coombs, original narrative owner: Book Signing at Edisto Island Women's Club @ Lions Club, 2907 Myrtle Street, Edisto Island, SC · 6:30 p.m. · open to public
19 — The Unpainted South · William P. Baldwin & Selden B. Hill: Book Signing at Sweetgrass Ace Hardware, 3008 Hwy 17 North, Mount Pleasant, SC · 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
25 — The Unpainted South · William P. Baldwin & Selden B. Hill: Litchfield Books Author Luncheon, Pawleys Island · Luncheon at 11:00 a.m. – Inlet Affairs & In Store Book Signing at 2:00 p.m.
December 2011
— Ken Burger: Author Signing Mount Pleasant Barnes & Noble (Towne Centre), 1716 Towne Centre Way · 2 p.m.
6 — Ken Burger speaking to Creative Retirement Center, West Ashley · 2:30 p.m.
9 — Ken Burger speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Masonic Lodge, North Charleston · 7 p.m.
10 — Holiday Book Signing featuring ten EPB authors, hosted by EveningPostBooks and The Friends of the Old Exchange · The Old Exchange Building, 122 East Bay Street, Charleston · 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
February 2012
12  Sister Santee & Swallow Savannah · Ken Burger featured author at the annual fundraising event Cooks and Books · The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head, SC · 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.                                                                **A percentage of proceeds from the event will support Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry. 

Poet Sue Flaster reads on Oct 10th

Monday, October 10 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

East Bay Meeting House
160 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC

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Sue Flaster attended Douglass College a very long time ago. In 2000 she retired from a 30-year career in publishing, distribution and book wholesaling and began a small-press consulting business in Charleston. She is currently President of the Jussi Björling Society-USA and is married to the founding curator of the Jussi Björling Museum in Borlänge, Sweden. She and her husband commute. Sue’s book, “Experimental Primate,” is being published by Asphodel Press.

Poet Landon Godfrey reads on Oct 14th

Friday, October 14 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Charleston Library Society
164 King St.
Charleston, SC

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Landon Godfrey is a poet, artist, actress, and teacher. Chosen by David St. John for the Cider Press Review Book Award, Second-Skin Rhinestone-Spangled Nude Soufflé Chiffon Gown was published in 2011. Her work has been published in The Southeast Review, Lyric, POOL, Cimarron Review, Best New Poets 2008, and in Polish translation in Studium; featured by Broadsided; and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she now lives in Black Mountain, NC.

Pecha Kucha 11 on Oct 12th

The City Paper reports that "Parliament released the line-up for Pecha Kucha 11 on Monday. Created to bring together Charleston's creative community, the event has become known for selling out tickets and highlighting some of the area's most exciting emerging talents.
Pecha Kucha 11, scheduled for Wed. Oct. 12, will be hosted by Charleston magazine's style director Ayoka Lucas. Guest speakers this time around include musician Mark Bryan (one of the other guys in Hootie and the Blowfish), handbag designer Alesya Opelt (recently featured as One to Watch in our Fall Arts Guide), City Paper's incredible cartoonist Steve Stegelin, Will Bullock, videographer Adam Boozer, photographer Sully Sullivan, and computer scientist Chris Starr. Each speaker will have six minutes and 20 seconds to present whatever they want."  Buy your tickets now!  

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paulette Beete to read at Monday Night Poetry and Music Oct 3rd

Monday, October 3 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

East Bay Meeting House
159 East Bay St.

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Paulette Beete's work has been published in journals, including Rhino Poetry Journal, Callaloo, Provincetown Arts, and Crab Orchard Review, and in the new anthology, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC. Her chapbook Blues for a Pretty Girl was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. Voice Lessons, Beete's most recent chapbook, was just published by Plan B Press in March 2011. She lives in Maryland and works for a national arts funder.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Trident Times meeting Monday, Oct 3rd

Are you a Trident Tech student interested in getting some publishing and editing experience?  Come meet with the staff of the Trident Times student publication during the Student Activity period on Monday, October 3rd, 10:20-11:20 in the 510 building, room 134. 

Trident Times Call for Submission

Trident Times Call for Submissions 
Would you like to be published? Are you a student at Trident Technical College?  The Trident Times is seeking submissions for the first 2011 print issue.  They are looking for items for their five different departments.  If you would like to submit your writing, please read the following guidelines:
Features include writing about campus life, people on campus, and areas of interest to students, such as health, beauty, fitness, and more.  Please email a query in which you explain your story idea or request a story assignment to Faculty Mentor/Editor Jack Trotter at
Sports and Entertainment
Sports and Entertainment includes writing about local sports and entertainment, such as sports reports, music reviews, movie reviews, restaurant reviews, and more.  Please email a query in which you explain your story idea or request a story assignment to Faculty Mentor/Editor Jennifer Hess at  
Opinion is writing that takes as stand on local issues.  Do you want to see something changed?  Well, here is the place to tell everyone about it.  Please email a query in which you explain your story idea to Faculty Mentor/Editor  Roger West at   You may send completed opinion pieces as well. 
The Literary section where we will publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews.  Please send completed creative writing to Faculty Mentors/ Editors Mike Kirst at and Wendy Barry at   If you would like to write a book review, query the editors. 
The News section will publish campus news, including updates on campus clubs and other activities.  Please email a query in which you explain your story idea or request an assignment.  Write to Faculty Mentor/Editor Lorene Coward at

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dennis Ward Stiles to read at Monday Night Poetry and Music

Monday, September 26 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

East Bay Meeting House
160 East Bay St.
Charleston, South Carolina

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Dennis Ward Stiles grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Illinois. After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964, he served thirty years in the Air Force as a pilot and military diplomat. He spent much of his career overseas, with assignments or accreditation in Thailand, South Vietnam, England, Iceland, France, Egypt, the Sudan, Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia. He has published widely in journals. Palanquin Press published his chapbook, Saigon Tea, in 2000. He also has three chapbooks from Pudding House, Black Mirrors in 2003, A Strange Wind Rises in 2006 and Humdinger in 2007. He has served twice as president of The Poetry Society of South Carolina. His chapbook Spit won the society's Kinloch Rivers Prize in 2004. He is also a former Poet in Residence at the Gibbes Museum of Art. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife Mary Jane, and works as a hospice marketer, a tour guide and a Berlitz language instructor.

Check out free database of writing contents, grants, and awards

Poets and Writers offers a free "Writing Contests, Grants & Awards" database that includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that they’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. They review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. "Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere."  You can find it here.  

Enter Writer's Digest Upcoming Contests

Are you a winning writer? Find out by entering one of the Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions! Writer’s Digest hosts fiction writing contests, poetry writing contests, short story contests, screenwriting competitions, self-publishing competitions and more. You could win up to $3,000, as well as the opportunity to see your name in Writer’s Digest Magazine, opportunities to meet with editors and agents and more! Prizes vary between writing competitions – read for more information.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banning books at Wando High? Seriously?

The Post and Courier reports that parents at Wando High School want to remove Bret Lott’s novel The Hunt Club, a coming of age story about a fifteen-year-old boy living in the Lowcountry, from the list of recommended summer reading.  The Pasleys accuse the book of being in bad taste and inappropriate. They don’t like the strong language.  And they claim the book is racist and sexist.


Do they know who Brett Lott is? He’s a Christian.  He teaches Sunday School. And he is a professor of English at the College of Charleston. He has published 12 books, won awards, and edited one of the top literary journals in the country. He even was chosen by Oprah for her book club, who, by the way, would never choose an author who has written racist, sexist books. 

I have to ask: did they even do their homework? 

If they had, they would be focusing on the fact that this book is a choice among others, one their son isn’t required to read.  They could recognize that the novel is a respected author’s attempt to explore good and evil in a framework they find uncomfortable.  They could agree to disagree and let their son choose another book from the reading list.  But, no.  That’s not what they are doing.  Instead, they want to make sure that no other Wando student gets to read it for credit. 

Although most of my career has been in college teaching, I did teach high school English for four years here in the Lowcountry.  In fact, I was the chair of the department, which means I helped choose and promote the summer reading books.  I can't begin to tell you how difficult this task was.  Balancing the needs of the students, teachers, administrators, and parents was not easy.

I did run into some problems with parents about certain selections.  However, those problems ended when I included on the Summer Reading List this information from the American Picture Association of American, the moral guardians of Hollywood:

PG-13 — Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13. A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.

I told the parents that: “If you are letting your high school student watch PG-13 movies, then you shouldn’t have any problems with these books.”  And they didn’t – when put in this context.   The Pasleys shouldn't, either.  

I believe that parents should have the final say in what their high school student views or reads.  That should be their choice.  However, I don't believe that any parents should impose their choices on others.  

The Wando reading list offers other choices.  The Pasleys should choose what they want their high school student to read, and let other parents do the same.
by Amy Hudock

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Poet Carol Ann Davis in the Post and Courier

By Bill Thompson for the Post and Courier

How apt.

It is only fitting that the title of Carol Ann Davis' new poetry collection, "Atlas Hour," is drawn from one of the pieces she refers to as the "hourly poems," suggestive of the idea that every hour contains multitudes.

If you have as much on your plate -- and on your shoulders -- as this writer, editor, educator and mother, hours better contain multitudes.

Yet Davis shrugs.

"I'm not the first one to work and have two kids."

Poet, community activist, poetry editor of the literary magazine Crazyhorse and director of the creative writing program at the College of Charleston, Davis' days are full to the brim. And she thrives on it.

Publishing poetry, often a herculean task, is challenge enough. Many consider the very attempt a leap of faith.
Davis has a different take.

"I think communicating is that leap. There's an isolation we all experience that is the natural human condition. And language is this thing we do together. We agree to the meanings of these words and make the huge assumption that the other person understands what we say or has the bravery to try to understand."

"For me, it's the writing, not the publishing, that's so scary. I'm not certain what I'm going to find out."  Read more.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

John Lane at Monday Night Poetry and Music Sept 19th

Monday, September 19 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

East Bay Meeting House
160 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC

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John Lane teaches literature and environmental studies at Wofford College where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies. His latest prose books are CIRCLING HOME (University of Georgia Press, 2007), THE BEST OF THE KUDZU TELEGRAPH (Hub City Writers Project, 2008), and MY PADDLE TO THE SEA (University of Georgia Press, 2011). His ABANDONED QUARRY: NEW & SELECTED POEMS is due out form Mercer University Press in March, 2011.

La Vie de Poema, Wednesday, Sept 21

Please join us in celebrating--and insisting upon--the poetic life, as we bid summer farewell & fall welcome before heading north for our final residency at Goddard in Vermont (woot!), Wednesday, September 21, 7:00pm - 11:00pm, East Bay Meeting House, 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC.
  • Music by Michael Moran & Josh Silverman from 7-11.  
  • Readings at 8 by Lisa Wells of Portland, Oregon, from her collection Yeah. No. Totally., Brit Washburn, and friends.
  • $5 glasses of Poema Brut Rose Cava and other deletable comestibles.
Life should be more poetic -- we must demand deep pleasure and fierce beauty

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Elie Wiesel to Speak at the College of Charleston

Nobel Peace Prize recipient and human rights activist Elie Wiesel will speak at the College of Charleston on September 25, 2011, at 6 p.m. The invitation-only address will be held in College of Charleston’s Sottile Theater.

Wiesel’s visit to the College is sponsored by the Zucker/Goldberg Holocaust Education Initiative at the College of Charleston, along with the College of Charleston Foundation.

A limited number of tickets will be made available for a simulcast of the speech, which will be held at six remote sites on the Trident Tech campus (three for faculty/staff, two for the public, and one for our Jewish Studies program). Tickets for the event will be available to you beginning Monday, August 29, on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of two tickets per person.  Tickets may be picked up at the box office of the Carolina First Arena, 301 Meeting St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Author of "Daughters of the Dust" will be at Trident Tech Sept 13th

Julie Dash, filmmaker of Daughters of the Dust, will be on the Trident Technical College campus in the 920 Building on September 13th, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

See details below from the Charleston County Library website:

Film: Meet the Filmmaker and Watch the Classic, Daughters of the Dust
Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 PM
Enjoy the internationally recognized cult classic, Daughters of the Dust, as it explores the lives of the Peazant family who celebrate their Gullah heritage on a sea island off the Lowcountry coast. After the movie, hear from author, filmmaker Julie Dash about the journey that led her to make this internationally celebrated film. Enjoy popcorn and soft drinks during the film. This special event will be held at the Trident Technical College Center Complex for Economic Development.
This event is open to the public.