About

Welcome to our fourth year celebrating South Carolina storytelling and the Southern literary tradition. Deckle Edge Literary Festival 2019 represents many of the authors, poets, songwriters, historians, storytellers, and activists animating South Carolina arts communities today and, more broadly, the Southern literary landscape.

We are excited to bring Greenville, South Carolina-native Dorothy Allison to Columbia this year to give our keynote address and receive our second annual Southern Truth Award.  Allison is the author of the multi-award winning Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Cavedweller (1998), which became a New York Times bestseller, and more. Bastard Out of Carolina was a finalist for the National Book Award, the winner of the Ferro Grumley Prize, was translated into more than a dozen languages, and became a bestseller and award-winning film directed by Anjelica Huston.

Our festival begins on Friday night at 7pm at the Booker T. Washington auditorium at the University of South Carolina, where Allison will deliver the keynote address and receive the Southern Truth Award. This event is sponsored by USC Women’s and Gender Studies Program and will be the second annual presentation of the award. South Carolina literary artist Nikky Finney received the first award in 2018.

A day of poetry, songs, presentations, and panel discussions begins on Saturday, March 23rd with A Conversation with Dorothy Allison and Bren McClain at 10am at the Richland Library. Other panels will feature Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Jonathan Haupt of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, Elena Castro and the Voces Nuevas of South Carolina, Julia Liz Elliott discussing fantasy and borders with fabulist women authors, Historic Columbia’s City of Women organizers, and much more.

Both the Friday night event and Saturday’s panels are free and open to the public.

We’ll see you soon.