Literary Festival March 24-25


Cherry to serve as keynote speaker

Special to The Union Times



Image courtesy of USC Union Dr. Kelly Cherry will serve as keynote speaker for the Upcountry Literary Festival at USC Union. She is pictured here with the cover of her latest work, “Twelve Women in a County Called America.” In addition to serving as keynote speaker, Cherry will be presented with the William “Singing Billy” Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Letters. The festival will be held March 24-25.


UNION — USC Union will be the host to the seventh annual Upcountry Literary Festival this year on Friday, March 24, from 1-5 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m.-1 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. Kelly Cherry, who will also be presented our William “Singing Billy” Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Letters. Dr. Cherry is a poet, novelist, and memoirist whose work includes “Augusta Played,” “The Life and Death of Poetry,” and “Dr. Joyce Brothers and Me,” among many others. Her work is accessible, humorous, and “serious” in that most engaging way. Along with other numerous awards and honors, Dr. Cherry was named Virginia’s Poet Laureate by their Governor Bob McDonnell in 2010 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016.

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 will be posted at a later date on the USC Union website.

For more information, please contact Randy Ivey at (864) 424-8057 or email rivey@mailbox.sc.edu

Image courtesy of USC Union Dr. Kelly Cherry will serve as keynote speaker for the Upcountry Literary Festival at USC Union. She is pictured here with the cover of her latest work, “Twelve Women in a County Called America.” In addition to serving as keynote speaker, Cherry will be presented with the William “Singing Billy” Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Letters. The festival will be held March 24-25.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Twelve-Cherry.jpgImage courtesy of USC Union Dr. Kelly Cherry will serve as keynote speaker for the Upcountry Literary Festival at USC Union. She is pictured here with the cover of her latest work, “Twelve Women in a County Called America.” In addition to serving as keynote speaker, Cherry will be presented with the William “Singing Billy” Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Letters. The festival will be held March 24-25.
Cherry to serve as keynote speaker

Special to The Union Times

This story courtesy of USC Union.

This story courtesy of USC Union.

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