Watch this space for information about the readings, panels, and sessions in store for Deckle Edge 2019.

In the mean time, check out what we did in 2018!


03 Mar 03 Mar 2018 Saturday, 03 Mar 2018
  • TBD

    USC Libraries Oral History Collection: National Women’s Conference, 1977

  • TBD

    Literary History with the South Caroliniana Library

  • 9:30 am - 10:50 am

    Gut Punch Poetry from the South with Ray McManus

    Poet Ray McManus discusses the heavier side of Southern poetry with poets Kathleen Nalley, Kimberly Simms, and Adam Houle, all of whom will read from their most recent works.

  • 9:30 am - 10:50 am

    Sound and Fury: Intersectional Social Justice in Poetry of Color

    Members of The Watering Hole Tribe will discuss their art through social practice, and the ways they engage political, socio-economic, gender, and sexual equality to inform their global audience and fellow artist community. They will discuss their views on the moral role and responsibility of the artist in this current climate, as well as the past arts activism movements that have shaped the evolved lens we all look through today. Panelists include Candace Wiley, Crystal Irby, Ed Mabrey, and Catherine Ntube.

    Moderated by Monifa Lemons.

  • 9:30 am - 10:50 am

    New Work from the Midlands with the Jasper Project

    Jasper Magazine celebrates new literary offerings from the South Carolina Midlands and invites the authors to share their new works. With Tim Conroy, Matthew O’Leary, Marv Ward, Cassie Premo Steele, Seth Gadsden, Michael Dowdy, and more.

    Moderated by Cindi Boiter.

  • 9:30 am - 10:50 am

    The Pat Conroy Literary Center Presents Porch Talk Live with Anthony Grooms in Conversation with Margaret Evans

    Acclaimed two-time winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award for fiction, Anthony Grooms is the author of the new novel The Vain Conversation, a harrowing reflection on a 1946 lynching from the perspectives of a victim, a presumed perpetrator, and a 10-year-old witness. From these multiple conflicted perspectives, Grooms peers deeply into the culpability of oppression and violence in race relations to explore if redemption and reconciliation are still possible in the storied American Dream. In this live edition of the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s writer interview series Porch Talk, Grooms will be joined in conversation by Margaret Evans, publisher and editor of Lowcountry Weekly.

  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Intentional Word Choice Bookmark Workshop with Susan Lenz

    Internationally acclaimed fiber and installation artist Susan Lenz will conduct an ongoing interactive workshop on intentional word choice in bookmark-making, from 10am – 12 pm and 2 – 4 pm. All materials and supplies will be included; this activity is appropriate for all age levels.



  • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Deckle Edge Family Fest

    Celebrate national Read Across America Week and Deckle Edge Literary Festival with an All-Star Storytime featuring diverse books in partnership with The South Carolina Education Association, a tribute to naturalist Mark Catesby provided by Turning Pages, plus more fun for the whole family!

    • 10:00 – 10:30: SC Bird and Nature presentation by Congaree Park Rangers (Children’s Room Atrium)
    • 10:00 – 12:30: Mark Catesby Coloring Station (Collaborative Space)
    • 10:30 – 11:30: Read Across America Celebration (Storytime Room)
    • 11:00 & 12:00: Celebrating Books & Nature through Books (Sendak Mural)

    Mark Catesby  We March

  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Bostick & Thornley: Richland County Librarians and Publishers

    Presented by the Walker Local and Family History Center at Richland Library.

    Richland Library Director, Lucy Hampton Bostick (1898-1968) and research librarian Fant Thornley (1909-1970) founded the Bostick & Thornley publishing firm in 1938. Focusing on quality books with South Carolina interests, B&T published several memorable books including a reprinting of the Mills Atlas, Singing Arrows by Chapman Milling, and several Elizabeth Verner O’Neill titles with O’Neill’s illustrations. The exhibit will feature books, ephemera, and original book plates from the publishing firm, and will be open throughout the day.

  • 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

    Stanzas and Synthesizers with Marcus Amaker

    Marcus Amaker, Charleston, SC’s first Poet Laureate, will present a multimedia experience that mixes poetry, live electronic music, and video. The one-of-a-kind program will feature poems from Marcus’ newest book, empath. Marcus will perform his poetry while improvising music with vintage drum machines and synthesizers.

  • 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

    Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement

    Editor Sheila Morris moderates this panel of authors whose essays appear in the collection Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement – Committed to Home, including Ed Madden, Alvin McEwan, and Harriet Hancock.

  • 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

    Divided We Stand with Marjorie Spruill

    In this solo session, former Columbia City Councilwoman Belinda Gergel will engage author and academician Marjorie Spruill in a discussion about her most recent work, Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics, published in 2017.

  • 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

    Writing Fiction with the Hub City Press

    Spartanburg’s Hub City Press has been a forerunner in establishing South Carolina as a literary state. This panel, moderated by Carla Damron, surveys recent works of fiction from the small but mighty HCP with panelists including Scott Gould, Brock Adams, and James McTeer.

  • 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    MIRC – Moving Image Research Collections (USC)

    MIRC will provide clips from WIS-TV’s Awareness followed by a brief discussion led by Amy Meaney. Founded in 1970, WIS-TV’s Awareness was the first news magazine program in SC created primarily for the African American community. The show included reports on politics, civil rights, education, employment, public health, and the arts, as well as interviews with politicians, activists, and cultural icons.


  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Teen Poetry Workshop with Betsy Breen and Samantha Rainwater

    Students (high school grades 9th-12th) can expect to explore writing with purpose and clarity, and how best to contribute to existing conversations while establishing a voice. Students will use mentor texts to learn writing techniques and then apply newly acquired skills to create original pieces.

  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

    All About Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

    In this solo session, South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth discusses her newest book, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets written with Kris Corderley and Newberry Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander. Twenty poems celebrate the work of 20 poets with beautiful illustrations by Ekua Holmes.

    Moderated by Heather McCue.

  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

    Ground Breakers of South Carolina with the SC Progressive Network

    Author and activist Becci Robbins moderates this panel of groundbreaking women including Sarah Leverette and Harriet Hancock, whose lives and works – along with that of Modjeska Simkins – are detailed in her trilogy of books published via a grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission.

  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

    Alternative Forms of Storytelling – Songwriting with THE Dubber

    Music writer Kyle Petersen moderates this panel of diverse singer-songwriters who discuss their practices and methods, including Kelly McCulloch McLachlan, Robb Kershaw, James McLawhorn aka Saraph Sunman, and Wendell Culbreath – THE Dubber.

  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

    Grappling with the Contemporary South: Genre Innovation and Sense of Place

    While writers in today’s South inhabit a region haunted by the legacy of slavery, racism, classism, and sexism, they also contend with changes wrought by development, technology, climate change, and an increasingly connected world. This panel will explore ways that writers use genre innovation to grapple with the complexities of the contemporary South. Panelists include Mark Powell, Hannah Palmer, and Jamey Hatley.

    Moderated by Julia Elliott.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

    Alternative Forms of Storytelling – Filmmaking in the South with Roni Nicole Henderson

    Columbia-based multi-disciplinary artist Roni Nicole Henderson discusses trends and challenges of creating films that reflect authentic culture in the contemporary South.


  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

    The Pen is Mightier – Social Justice and the Written Word

    Claudia Smith Brinson, Lynn Shuler Teague, Miles Joyner, and Carla Damron engage in a roundtable discussion of their experiences and challenges writing for a better world.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

    Poems: Bones of the Spirit, created by Columbia poetry guru Al Black

    This session is a three part dialogue during which poets first read poetry and are asked to respond to quotes from a famous poet, then discuss each others’ work, and finally answer questions from the audience. Featuring Derek Berry, Michael Murray, and Catherine Zickgraf.

    Moderated by Al Black.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

    Creating Graphic Novels in the Contemporary South

    Professor Qiana Whitted, author of Comics and the US South, moderates this panel of contemporary graphic novelists including Shigeharu Kobayashi, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene.

  • 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

    A Selected Reading from The Watering Hole

    Members of The Watering Hole including Candace Wiley, Crystal Irby, Ed Mabrey, Catherine Ntube, and Monifa Lemons will read selected work from their collections.

  • 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

    Editors as Collaborators – The Laureate Series by Muddy Ford Press

    In this intimate session, poets Ed Madden and Tim Conroy discuss working together on Tim’s new – and first ever – book, Theologies of Terrain, which is the first in Muddy Ford Press’s Laureate Series.

    Moderated by Worthy Evans.

  • 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

    Unsweetened Magazine’s Voices from a Feminist South: Writing for Southern Social Justice

    Unsweetened’s panel brings together writers and journalists in the South who shine a light on the marginalized voices fighting for social justice in a region known for its violent resistance to social and political change. Panelists include Beth Sherouse, Robert Greene, and Miles Joyner.


    Moderated by Nathaniel Simmons-Thorne.

  • 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

    Indie Edge – First Person Publishing

    Moderator and First Person Publisher Don McCallister talks with other authors who have taken the publishing bull by the horn and made their own way. Panelists include Reagan Teller, Annette Merritt Cummings, Nadine Johnson, and A.J. Brown.

  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    VAP* Champagne Reception

    *Very Awesome and Appreciated Person

    Cap off the days events on Saturday evening with a private happy hour with honored Deckle Edge guests Terrance Hayes, Nikky Finney, and YOU!

    Enjoy heavy hors doeuvres from Chef Joe Turkaly and sparkling wine as you mix and mingle and get the best seats in the house for the Keynote Address and Southern Truth Award Celebration that follows. (Admission included in VAP ticket.)

    The purchase of your ticket will not only help offset festival costs but will serve as a scholarship for three students to attend the evenings Keynote address.

    Tickets are $50, available here.


    Thank you for being AWESOME!

    *We APPRECIATE you immensely!*


  • 7:00 pm

    Keynote Address and Southern Truth Award Celebration

    Following the 2018 Deckle Edge Literary Festival daytime sessions at Richland Library, join us for the Deckle Edge Literary Festival Keynote Address and Southern Truth Award Celebration at the historic 701 Whaley Market Space.

    • Keynote Address by Terrance Hayes
    • Awarding of the inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival Southern Truth Award to Nikky Finney
    • Music by Cola Jazz’s Amos Hoffman and Sam Edwards
    • Heavy hors d’oeuvres
    • Cash Bar
    • Casual dress

    Tickets are:

    • $15 in advance (click here)
    • $20 day-of
    • $10 for students