UNION — USC Union will be the host to the sixth annual Upcountry Literary Festival this year on Friday, March 18 from 1-5 p.m., and Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The two day event will showcase a number of nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artist.
The Upcountry Literary Festival is honored to announce the keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Shelby Stephenson. After leaving the farm for college, he graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (B.A. 1960) where he also studied law, University of Pittsburgh (M.A. 1967), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1974), and worked as a radio and television announcer, salesman, right-of-way agent, and farmer. He was professor of English and editor of Pembroke Magazine until his retirement in 2010. The state of North Carolina presented him with the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature. And he has received the Bellday Poetry Prize, the Oscar Arnold Young Award, the Zoe Kincaid-Brockman Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Prize, and the Playwright’s Fund of North Carolina Chapbook Prize. He was installed as North Carolina’s eighth Poet Laureate by Governor Pat McCrory in 2015. His recent book is reissue, Fiddledeedee, Press 53.
The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union’s Main Building. A full schedule and participant list can be found on the USC Union website: http://uscunion.sc.edu or on the Festival’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/upcountryliteraryfestival
USC Union and the Literary Festival would like to thank their sponsors: The Switzer Foundation, City of Union, and The Humanities Council.
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